Originally created 10/31/00

Georgia Southern notebook



A look at the No. 1 Georgia Southern Eagles (8-1, 7-0 Southern Conference) four days before they play at Furman (6-2, 3-2) in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday (2 p.m.):

Latest news:

For the first time since 1996, the Southern Conference title won't be on the line when the Eagles meet Furman. Georgia Southern has needed to beat the Paladins during the past three seasons in order to win the conference championship. The Eagles can run their winning streak to eight games with a victory.

Injuries:

FB Adrian Peterson (left elbow) is probable.

Key stat:

Former Richmond Academy standout Lavar Rainey is tied with Nate Gates for the team lead in interceptions with five. Rainey's pick early Saturday was returned 49 yards for a touchdown, Rainey's second touchdown of the season off an interception.

Analysis:

Saturday's game won't have a bearing on the Southern Conference championship race, but the next two weeks will determine if Furman gains an at-large bid into the 16-team NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Georgia Southern already is assured of a berth in the playoffs by winning the conference title last Saturday.