• What: Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-0 in Sun Belt) at Texas State (5-3, 4-0)
• Kickoff: 4 p.m. Saturday
• Radio: Georgia Southern Radio Network (102.1 FM, 105.5 FM)
• Online: ESPN3
With no Sun Belt Conference championship game this season, the league winner could — at least partially — be decided Saturday.
Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-0 Sun Belt) and Louisiana-Lafayette (5-3, 4-0) are the only two teams with an unbeaten Sun Belt slate so far, which means if GSU beats Texas State on Saturday and ULL loses to New Mexico State, the Eagles, because they will have only one conference game remaining after they play Texas State, will be guaranteed at least a co-championship.
Neither scenario is a lock.
Texas State (5-3, 3-1) has losses against Illinois, Navy and ULL, but is on a two-game winning streak. With one loss, the Bobcats also are in the mix for the Sun Belt title, and Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz won’t take them lightly.
“Offensively, they run a lot of the same schemes as we run,” Fritz said. “Primarily, they’re an option team, but they’ve got an expanded passing attack from what we have.”
ULL, winners of four straight, face a NMSU team on a seven-game skid including losses against Troy and Idaho.
Arkansas State (5-3, 3-1) suffered its only Sun Belt loss of the season at ULL and is also in the championship mix.
Fritz in demand?
Fritz currently has Georgia Southern leading the nation in rushing with 404 yards per game. The Eagles’ 46 rushing touchdowns are 16 more than the next-highest tally in the country — Navy and Nebraska (30).
His success has Kansas Jayhawks media speculating that Fritz, a Kansas native, may be a candidate for the head coaching job there.
Kansas fired head coach Charlie Weis on Sept. 29. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was named interim head coach.
Fritz said after Monday’s practice that he’s had no contact with Kansas.
“I’ve had zero contact,” he said. “I’m just working my tail off and doing the best I can for Georgia Southern.”
on the D-line
Injured defensive tackle Justice Ejike returned to limited action for Georgia Southern in Thursday’s 42-10 win over Troy. He “should be a full go,” on Saturday, Fritz said. Quaun Daniels fully recovered from a previous injury.
Fellow defensive lineman Jonathan Battle is hopeful to return for Saturday’s game at Texas State, Fritz said.