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My Take - Playoff situation still up in the air

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The word "playoffs" has been thrown around a lot since Georgia Southern knocked off Appalachian State at homecoming.

For good reason, too.

Obviously, the Eagles still have to go on the road and beat Furman — never an easy task — if they want to reach the seven-win mark that makes a Football Championship Subdivision team playoff eligible in the NCAA committee’s eyes, and they need a little outside help along the way, too.

Even if they beat Furman, a lot of other teams around the nation (Chattanooga, for one) need to lose, and even then it’s still a 50-50 proposition at the moment.

But that really isn’t the point, is it?

There may be a lot of outside factors yet to be determined in GSU’s hopeful return to the FCS playoffs but, to me anyway, that doesn’t really matter at this point.

Here we are, two weeks into November, and the Eagle Nation is still talking about the playoffs.

That’s a far cry from the last two years, when GSU was just playing for pride at this time of year.

Sure, here in Statesboro, crossing your fingers and hoping things work out in your favor isn’t an "acceptable" scenario on the football field, but under the circumstances, I think GSU fans can already chalk this season up as a win.

There’s still a long way to go to get back to the way things used to be for the once-dominant team at the top of the world, but after the last four years, and considering the fact that this is the GSU coaching staff’s first rodeo, it’s certainly a situation to be happy about.

That won’t stop a lot of folks from being upset about the second half at Chattanooga, the fourth quarter against Wofford or the "what if?" loss to those pesky Samford Bulldogs, but regardless of what happens next weekend at Furman and the following day in the offices of the NCAA selection committee, it’s pretty obvious that throughout 2010, the Eagle Nation has witnessed a solid foundation being built.


The hardwood

Having a relevant college football team in November and a Statesboro Blue Devils team that fought its way back in an epic comeback to advance to the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs has taken some much-deserved attention away from the boys and girls on the basketball court.

Heck, I’m as guilty as anyone.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the 2010-11 basketball season in underway.

The Georgia Southern men showed their youth and inexperience Friday in South Bend, Ind. against Notre Dame.

The Lady Eagles showed that they need somebody to step up in the post as point guard Jamie Navarro led the Eagles (no surprise there) as they hung with No. 19 Georgia on the road Sunday and fell 58-43.

Prep basketball action starts this week, too.

The team with the fewest question marks is the Statesboro Lady Blue Devils, who return almost the entire team after their 26-4 season last year.

As for the Statesboro boys, well you can set your watch to a winning season under coach Lee Hill.

Southeast Bulloch, Bulloch Academy, Claxton, Metter, Screven County and Jenkins County all start the action this week, and the season hits full swing the following week.

So while we all hope the football season is far from over, there’s going to be plenty of action in between the weekends to keep us occupied.


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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