Georgia Southern @ Delaware
by, 12-18-2010 at 12:04 PM (4519 Views)
NEWARK, De. — The question on everyone from Georgia Southern's on Saturday was the weather forecast for the Eagles' NCAA Division I Football Championship semifinal game with Delaware.
Two days ago, this region received snow and temperatures have hovered in the 20s for much of the week. Not exactly the kind of forecast for a team like GSU that runs the triple option.
But as we head towards the noon kickoff here, the temperatures have warmed from 28 an hour ago to 33 on this sunny day, with an expected high of 35. Not exactly south Georgia heat, but still warm enough for the Eagles tradition-shrouded attack.
Delaware has long enjoyed a significant home-field advantage at Tubby Raymond Field and will have no problem with the weather. But the Blue Hens thus far have a disappointing crowd, with plenty of empty seats in a venue that is used to 20,000 fans.
The No. 3-seeded Blue Hens (11-2) expected to be here after going 9-2 in the regular season and winning a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship.
Georgia Southern has a championship pedigree as long as Delaware's, but the Eagles hadn't been to the playoffs in five years since AD Sam Baker junked the triple option for a pair of unsuccessful coaches.
But GSU went back to its roots under Jeff Monken this year and have won six straight games, including three in a row in the playoffs, to go from 4-4 to 9-4 and a shot at the national championship game with one more victory.
With the constrast of styles and the rich traditions of the two teams, this should be a great game.