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Georgia Southern vs. Army 11/21/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Georgia Southern visits Army on 11/21/2020 at 12:00PM.

Georgia Southern and Army face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Georgia Southern has a record of 6-2 this season. Army is 6-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Georgia Southern Team Defense Preview

Georgia Southern has had 87 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.11 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Georgia Southern is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 59.33% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Georgia Southern opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Georgia Southern can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.39 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Georgia Southern has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Georgia Southern Team Offense Preview

Georgia Southern has had 86 total drives this season and they generate 5.52 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Georgia Southern has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Passing plays make up 23.58% of their play calls.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Georgia Southern can take credit for 3.32 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Georgia Southern has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Georgia Southern is a better passing team than running team this season.

Army Team Defense Preview

Army has had 78 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.06 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Army is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Army opponents pass the football 50.89% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Army opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.38 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Army is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Army Team Offense Preview

Army has had 72 total drives this season and they generate 5.89 plays per drive. Army runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Army is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 15.09% of their play calls.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.16 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Army coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Army has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Army has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Georgia Southern Roster

The Players to Watch for Georgia Southern

Shai Werts QB 5-11 205

This season, Shai Werts has put up 790 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 126.5thus far this season. Shai Werts has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Shai Werts has 594.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 99.66 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 111.0 times this season, which puts him in the 99.66 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 6.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

J.D. King RB 5-11 220

This season, J.D. King has 625 rushing yards on 116 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, J.D. King picked up 14 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 3 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Malik Murray WR 6-0 180

This season, Malik Murray picked up 195 yards. He caught the ball 13 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

C.J. Wright NT 6-0 290

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Georgia Southern, C.J. Wright has 16 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 76.94 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 34.71 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Raymond Johnson III DE 6-3 270

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Georgia Southern, Raymond Johnson III has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 94.35 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 95.66 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Anthony Wilson S 5-10 190

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Georgia Southern, Anthony Wilson had 25 tackles which puts him in the 80.23 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 90.05 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Anthony Wilson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.44 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Derrick Canteen CB 5-11 185

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Georgia Southern, Derrick Canteen had 29 tackles which puts him in the 95.75 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 36.32 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Derrick Canteen as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2 passes last season, which puts him in the 94.65 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Army Roster

The Players to Watch for Army

Christian Anderson QB 6-1 195

This season, Christian Anderson has put up 158 yards and 1 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 63.9thus far this season. Christian Anderson has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Christian Anderson has 313.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 95.56 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 72.0 times this season, which puts him in the 94.54 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Tyrell Robinson RB 5-9 180

This season, Tyrell Robinson has 347 rushing yards on 43 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Tyrell Robinson picked up 89 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Michael Roberts WR 6-3 235

This season, Michael Roberts picked up 106 yards. He caught the ball 7 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Nolan Cockrill DL 6-3 280

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Army, Nolan Cockrill has 17 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 94.35 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 70.91 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Cedrick Cunningham Jr. DB 6-0 215

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Army, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. had 45 tackles which puts him in the 96.94 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 5 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 99.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 2 times last season. Cedrick Cunningham Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 86.34 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Georgia Southern vs. Army Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Georgia Southern 22 Army 28

Spread Pick: Army -3 -108 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Army -152 Pinnacle Sports
Total Pick: Over 40 -105 Pinnacle Sports