MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Eastern Michigan and Georgia Southern have made a week full of events ahead of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and both got one final tune up Friday ahead of Saturday’s game.
Friday was also one last chance for the coaches of both schools to meet with the press.
In a battle of Eagles, Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton has been scratching his head all week on how to get the upper hand on his opponent. He knows Georgia Southern is well disciplined when it comes to taking care of the ball, but the Eagles from Statesboro also create their fair share of turnovers.
“We are 10th in the country [in turnover margin]. 10th tied with Florida, so we have been sticking our chest out and been all excited about it, so when I found out we were playing Georgia Southern it’s the first thing I went to go look and see where they were at," said Creighton. “I couldn’t find them until I got to number one in the United States of America, I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s not even close. It’s not even close.’ They’re number one in the country by I wanna say eight.”
It’s not exactly a cookie-cut win for Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford and his squad either. Eastern Michigan is red hot having won 5 out of its last 6 games. They also have only allowed one offensive touchdown in its last 12 quarters.
“Eastern Michigan is gonna be a great opponent for us. Well coached, well disciplined and they do the little things right. They’ve won 5 of their last 6. Their only loss coming from a top 25 win in army. Beating Purdue - a team that beat Ohio State,” said Lunsford.
In Tuesday’s press conference, Creighton alluded to Saturday’s game being a battle in the trenches. With the offense that Georgia Southern plays, it will very much be just that for his defense.
“What makes Georgia Southern difficult is that they’re a triple option team, but they also get into some conventional split zone and what not, so the challenge for us is defending both the triple option and a more conventional style offense,” said Creighton.
The Eagles will get their shot at one another come 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Cramton Bowl. That’s the time the 2018 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will kick.