ASU leads series with Georgia Southern
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The game renews a rivalry that Appalachian State owns a 15-12-1 overall advantage, 11-10 since Georgia Southern joined the SoCon in 1993. The teams have won or shared 15 of the last 16 soCon championships and won nine national Division I-AA/FCS national championships between them
Both are making the jump to the FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
Both teams also made the playoffs last season. Appalachian State lost 38-37 to Illinois State in the second round, while Georgia Southern lost 23-20 to eventual champion North Dakota State in the semifinals.
Neither team is eligible for the FCS playoffs this season because of the fact that they had to add scholarship players to abide by NCAA rules regarding their move to the FBS.
"It's a great rivalry," Satterfield said. "Both teams have great history and it's unique because both teams are in their last year in the Southern Conference."
Appalachian State has won six of the last eight games in the series.
NO. 1 PROBLEM
Neither team is ranked No. 1 in the FBS going into the game Saturday. That can't be said for the past three games between the teams.
App State was ranked No. 1 in 2010, while Georgia Southern held the top ranking in 2011 and 2012. Georgia Southern took a home 21-14 victory over the Mountaineers in 2010, but Appalachian State returned the favor a year later with a 24-17 win over the Eagles in 2011.
Last season, Appalachian State beat Georgia Southern 31-28. Appalachian State also upset the No. 1 Eagles 17-16 in 1999.
Georgia Southern went on to win the next two games when ranked No. 1. The Eagles took a 34-28 victory in Statesboro, Ga. and in 2001, Georgia Southern beat App State 27-18.
No. 1 Appalachian State claimed a 27-20 overtime victory over the Eagles in 2006 in Statesboro, Ga.
A win would give the Mountaineers their third straight over the Eagles, which would be App State's longest winning streak in the series.
ASU INJURY UPDATE
Appalachian State has five players who are listed as questionable, one who is doubtful and two that are out.
Defensive lineman Olawale Dada (upper body) and receiver Tacoi Sumler (lower body) are out. Defensive end Ronald Blair (thumb) remains doubtful, while tight end Drew Bailey (lower body), defensive back Aaron Krah (lower body), quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson (upper body), linebacker John Law (ankle) and linebacker Adam Scott (upper body) are questionable.
SOUR HOME COOKIN'
Appalachian State's four-game home losing streak is the longest in the program's history.
The last time the Mountaineers lost four straight games at home was when they lost their final three games of the 1970 season to East Tennessee State, Samford and Wofford. That was followed by a loss to Western Carolina in App State's first home game of 1971.
Their current streak is similar to that. App State lost 38-37 in overtime to Illinois State in the second round of the playoffs last season, and then lost to North Carolina A&T, Charleston Southern and Samford this season.
App State also has home games against Chattanooga on No. 2, and Western Carolina on Nov. 23.