List of Georgia Southern Eagles football seasons

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The Georgia Southern Eagles college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I FBS, representing Georgia Southern University in the Sun Belt Conference. Georgia Southern has played their home games at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia since 1984. [1]

Georgia Southern hosts rival, Appalachian State, in Paulson Stadium before a crowd of 24.535

The innagural season of Georgia Southern football was in 1924. However, the program was shut down in 1942 because of World War II and was not revived until 1981. The Eagles are 368-177-9 all time and have claimed a record six Div. I FCS national championships. The program has also produced two Walter Payton Award winners.[2]

Georgia Southern was a member of the FCS conference SoCon between 1992 and 2013. In 2014 the program, after years of speculation, became an official member of college football's FBS level. The Eagles now compete as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.[3]


Seasons[edit]

National Champions dagger Conference Champions * FCS Playoff Berth double-dagger Bowl Game Berth ^
Season Head coach Season results Playoff or Bowl result< Final ranking
Conference finish Division finish Wins Losses Ties[4] NCAA/TSN Poll[5] Coaches Poll[6]
Georgia Southern Eagles
1924 E.G. Cromartie Independent 1 3 0
1925 1 3 0
1926 5 3 1
1927 H.A. Woodle 6 1 1
1928 5 5 0
1929 B.L. Smith 3 3 2
1930 3 4 1
1931 3 6 0
1932 7 2 0
1933 5 4 0
1934 4 6 0
1935 3 3 2
1936 2 9 0
1937 2 9 0
1938 3 5 1
1939 5 5 0
1940 3 5 0
1941 2 8 0
Georgia Southern did not field a football team for the 1942-81 seasons
1982 Erk Russell Independent 7 3 1
1983 6 5 0
1984 8 3 0
1985 dagger* 13 2 0 Won FCS National Championship Game against Furman Paladins, 44–42 ^
1986 dagger* 13 2 0 Won FCS National Championship Game against Arkansas State Indians, 48–21 ^
1987 9 4 0 Lost in FCS Quarterfinals against Appalachian State Mountaineers, 19–0 ^
1988 12 3 0 Lost FCS National Championship Game against Furman Paladins, 17–12 ^
1989 dagger* 15 0 0 Won FCS National Championship Game against Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 37–34 ^
1990 dagger* Tim Stowers 12 3 0 Won FCS National Championship Game against Nevada Wolfpack, 36–13 
1991 7 4 0
1992 Southern Conference 7 4 0
1993 1st * 10 3 0 Lost in FCS Quarterfinals against Youngstown State Penguins, 34–14 
1994 6 5 0
1995 9 4 0 Lost in FCS Quarterfinals against Montana Grizzlies, 45–0 
1996 Frank Ellwood 4 7
1997 Paul Johnson 1st * 10 3 Lost in FCS Quarterfinals against Delaware Blue Hens, 16–7 
1998 1st * 14 1 Lost FCS National Championship Game against UMass Minutemen, 55–43 
1999 dagger* 1st * 13 2 Won FCS National Championship Game against Youngstown State Penguins, 59–24 
2000 dagger* 1st * 13 2 Won FCS National Championship Game against Montana Grizzlies, 27–25 
2001 1st * 12 2 Lost in FCS Semifinals against Furman Paladins, 24–17 
2002 Mike Sewak 1st * 11 3 Lost in FCS Semifinals against Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 31–28 
2003 7 4
2004 1st * 9 3 Lost in FCS 1st Round against New Hampshire Wildcats, 27–23 
2005 8 4 Lost in FCS 1st Round against Texas State Bobcats, 50–35 
2006 Brian VanGorder 3 8
2007 Chris Hatcher 7 4
2008 6 5
2009 5 6
2010 Jeff Monken 10 5 Lost in FCS Semifinals against Delaware Blue Hens, 27–10 
2011 1st * 11 3 Lost in FCS Semifinals against North Dakota State Bison, 35–7 ^
2012 1st * 10 4 Lost in FCS Semifinals against North Dakota State Bison, 23–20 ^
2013 4th 7 4 Ineligible
2014 Willie Fritz Sun Belt Conference 1st * 9 3 Ineligible
2015 3rd 9 4 Won GoDaddy Bowl against Bowling Green Falcons, 58-27
Total 328 166 9 (regular season games)
0 0 0 (conference championship games; 0 appearances)
47 13 0 (playoff/bowl games; 60 appearances)
384 183 9 (all games)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://gseagles.com/sports/2013/7/23/FB_0723131314.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.sunbeltsports.org/news/2014/6/30/GENERAL_0630140641.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.sunbeltsports.org/news/2014/6/30/GENERAL_0630140641.aspx
  4. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Since the 1978 split in divisions, the NCAA, or more recently, The Sports Network Poll has been the major poll at the FCS level. No polls for Georgia Southern are available prior to 1984 when the Eagles began I-AA play. Polls are released prior to the playoffs.
  6. ^ The FCS Coaches Poll was introduced in 2007. Therefore, polls for prior seasons do not exist. Polls are released prior to the playoffs