West Georgia prediction

UNA’s first Thursday night game is finally here and the Lions will get a well-deserved break after taking on West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. This is the Gulf South Conference Game of the Week and will be televised by CSS at 6:30 p.m.

This is a crucial game for the Lions. Last week’s 24-21 loss to Valdosta State did not end UNA’s hopes of winning a share of the GSC title and making the playoffs, but it did pretty much make the final three games must-wins. If the Lions lose to West Georgia they have no hope of a GSC title and very little hope of being selected for the Division II playoffs. If UNA can beat the Wolves then the Lions will definitely be playing for a share of the conference championship when they face West Alabama on Nov. 8

West Georgia is 2-4 and has lost its last four games. This is a team that has been rebuilding for several years and appeared to turn the corner in 2011, but apparently there is still work to do. Still, this teamĀ  is certainly capable of beating UNA if the Lions are not at their best. The Wolves have shown that they have a good offense, which is led by an excellent running game. West Georgia’s weakness is its defense, which is allowing almost 30 points per game.

Like West Georgia, UNA’s strength offensively is it’s running game, although the passing game got a spark last week from freshman quarterback Jake Wingo, who will get his first start tonight. The offense seemed to gain a lot of confidence from theĀ second-half rally it put together and that may lead to the Lions going to the passing game a little more. As has been the case every week of late, the opposing defense is going to try to stop the run and dare UNA to throw, so having some success in the passing game early would be a big boost for the Lions.

Defensively, UNA must keep West Georiga from busting a big play. The Wolves are not likely to make a lot of big plays in the passing game, so the defense has to tackle well and keep the West Georgia backs from busting a long run. The defense did not force a turnover last week against Valdosta and it needs to get a couple tonight to help out the offense.

This is a game that UNA probably should win, but it will not be easy. Any game on the road in the GSC is tough and you can bet West Georgia will be fired up as it tries to end its losing streak. I look for a close game with UNA hanging on for a big win.

UNA 28, West Georgia 24

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