In late-ish November 2013, Will Muschamp’s Florida Gators were 4-6 when then-FCS Georgia Southern came to Gainesville for one of those patented SEC walk-throughs so common the week before a big rivalry game. At the time, Florida had never lost to an FCS team in program history, but Muschamp was hell-bent on breaking that streak.
He did, as the Boys of Old Florida dropped a 26-20 stunner to the Eagles in the most embarrassing loss in team history.
Southern is an FBS school now, having been one since the start of the 2014 season. Jeff Monken and Willie Fritz are no longer at the helm in Statesboro, Ga. — the two men most deserving of Southern’s elevation to FBS — and first year coach Tyson Summers has this Eagles squad at 4-4 (3-2, Sun Belt) on the year.
Still, Southern’s identity shift under Summers this season hasn’t paid off in the early going. The small tweak to run Statesboro’s patented option out of the shotgun has perhaps disrupted timing and reads to the extent that Eagle running back Matt Breida’s overall production is down considerably from last season.
Southern — like, say, North Dakota State — has historically played the role of pest when meeting with Power 5 conference teams. On Saturday, Ole Miss gets to find out just how pesky the Eagles can be.
How to watch:
Where: Oxford, Miss.
When: 11 a.m. CT
Online Streaming: WatchESPN