Georgia Southern to play at Navy in 2014, close to adding Georgia Tech & NC State

By Kevin Kelley -
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Georgia Southern will play at Navy in 2014. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

The Georgia Southern Eagles will play at Navy in 2014 and are close to finalizing deals to play at Georgia Tech and NC State.

Georgia Southern is set to join the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014. They will be eligible to compete for the Sun Belt Championship in 2014 and can accept invitations to bowl games after the 2015 regular season.

Georgia Southern will travel to face Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Nov. 15, 2014. In their first and only meeting back in 2010, the Midshipmen beat the Eagles 13-7.

An official announcement has not been made for the Georgia Southern-Navy game, but the match-up is now listed on Navy’s official website. Georgia Southern has taken the place of San Diego State on Navy’s 2014 schedule.

Georgia Southern is also close to finalizing contracts to play at Georgia Tech and NC State in 2014, the Savannah Morning News has reported. GSU has never faced either school in football.

The Eagles are currently scheduled to open the 2014 season with back-to-back home games against Duquesne on Aug. 30 and Hampton on Sept. 6. However, both of those games were scheduled prior to GSU accepting an offer to join the Sun Belt. One of those games will need to be canceled if Southern adds three FBS non-conference games.

Georgia Southern is also slated to visit LSU on Sept. 13, 2014. But due to the addition of Navy and possibly Georgia Tech and NC State, there is speculation that the LSU game will be moved to the 2015 season.

The addition of Georgia Southern would complete Georgia Tech’s 2014 non-conference schedule. The Yellow Jackets are also set to host Wofford and travel to Georgia and Tulane.

NC State already has four non-conference games lined up in 2014, so they will need to cancel or postpone one in order to host Georgia Southern. The Wolfpack’s 2014 schedule currently includes home games against Old Dominion and Presbyterian and trips to Central Michigan and USF.

Update (6:00 p.m. ET)

The AJC reported on April 19 that Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech have verbally agreed to move their game scheduled in 2015 (Sept. 5) to the 2014 season.

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14 Comments to Georgia Southern to play at Navy in 2014, close to adding Georgia Tech & NC State

  1. Atlanta_Mafia said....

    Okay GaSo – Let the beatings and whoopings commence!
    Was the move to FBS really very good for the program?

    May 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  2. Biggs said....

    short term no. They have to pay for the upgrade somehow. Look At Western Kentucky third year FBS and they moved to C-USA which is still a step up from what they had 4 to 5 years ago. They stand to gain more exposure and more money for these types of games. For basketball 3 out of the last 5 years the sun belt has had better RPI then the southern conference had. With that they have a harder chance to make the BB tournament they have a better chance of getting a better seeding in the tournament. You also have to think that the flagship SOCON school is leaving in all sports to the sun belt(APPY state)

    May 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    • CJHURLEY said....

      App State Flagship?? Are you kidding me, GA Southern has 6 national championships and owns the Southern Conference, without GSU the socon is a joke…App st couldnt fold towels for the eagles….

      May 2, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • Atlanta_Mafia said....

      Wow? In your mind AppyState is a flagship?

      May 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    • Atlanta_Mafia said....

      The State of North Carolina is now supporting six or more FBS programs. Good luck living at the bottom of that hole AppyState!

      May 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm
  3. Herandos said....

    Is Georgia State an FCS Independet before joining the SBC?

    May 2, 2013 at 2:37 am
    • Kevin Kelley said....

      In 2013, they will be a member of the Southern Conference but ineligible for the playoffs.

      In 2014, they will be a full member of the Sun Belt but ineligible for a bowl until after the 2015 season.

      May 2, 2013 at 8:44 am
    • Atlanta_Mafia said....

      Herandos asked about Georgia State (GSU), not that stinkhole GaSo.
      Yes GSU was a newby FCS program that was in the CAA for one year
      after being an FCS independent for two years. They started in 2010.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm
  4. Sid Mieser said....

    You have had greaat success playing “small college” football. Now, put on your big boy pants and let’s see what you can do. It’s to late to take your foorball and go home.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:07 am
  5. Seth said....

    well App. St. has/had been a member of the SoCon since 1971, Georgia Southern since 1991. for the sake of argument, the stats will start in 1991. since then App. St. has 6 outright and 4 shared confernece titles, Georgia Southern has 5 outright and 4 shared. App. St. with 3 national titles to Georgia Southern’s 6, but only 2 of those came while in the SoCon with App. St. and App. St. is 14-11-1 all-time vs. Georgia Southern, so where does this flagship port…hmm?

    May 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm
  6. Bill said....

    Reading a GSU guy and an Appy St guy argue about who has the best football program, is like reading about the Miami and honolulu argue about which city has the best ice fishing.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm
  7. bhanu pratap said....

    this game can gain more interest of people in worldwide network

    May 6, 2013 at 3:23 am
  8. The future said....

    Georgia states fb program is a joke. Watch how quickly both GaSou and App St dominate that conference.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • Sherlock Holmes said....

      Good point. At least CrApp State and Southern have at least 1 conference win 2014-2015 season

      October 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

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