Georgia Southern will play in two nationally televised games this fall.
The Eagles, who are moving to the Sun Belt this year, will play at Appalachian State on ESPNU on Sept. 25, and will host Troy on Oct. 30, in another game that will be shown on the network.
“The opportunity to showcase our football program, new facilities and Georgia Southern University before millions of fans across the country is just one of the benefits of being a member of the Sun Belt Conference,” Georgia Southern AD Tom Kleinlein said in a statement. “The fact that two of our games were picked for a national TV audience is a statement about the success of our football program, the passion of Eagle Nation and the growth of our university. These are exciting times in Statesboro.”
Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are both moving from the FCS Southern Conference to the FBS Sun Belt. Their game on Sept. 25 will be the first non-Saturday matchup between two Sun Belt Conference teams, according to the release.
These are two of six Sun Belt games to be televised on ESPNU, a schedule that begins with Georgia State’s game against Abilene Christian at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 27.
Many people might remember the Eagles’ first Thursday night game, known as the Hugo Bowl. The game, shown on ESPN, was played in a downpour at Paulson Stadium on Sept. 21, 1989.
All six of Georgia Southern’s national championship games were broadcast nationally.
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