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Nicholls State vs. Georgia 2016: Start time, live stream, TV schedule and 3 things to know

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart looks to go 2-0 Saturday in what will be his first-ever home opener at Sanford Stadium.

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The mood is pretty high in Athens this week as Georgia returns home to Sanford Stadium for the Bulldogs' home opener against Nicholls State. First-year head coach Kirby Smart has Dawg Nation in good spirits after knocking off No. 24 North Carolina last week, 33-24, in Atlanta. More importantly, we got our first look at true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, who threw for 131 yards and a touchdown in the victory over the Tar Heels. More on him later.

This meeting between Georgia and Nicholls State will be the first-ever for these two schools. The Colonels hail from the Southland Conference of the FCS. The Colonels will be pretty fresh facing the Dawgs -- Saturday will be their first of the season, as they opened with a bye. Nicholls State is led by second-year head coach Tim Rebowe, who came to Nicholls after being an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette for 11 seasons, helping lead the Ragin' Cajuns to a four-game bowl winning streak.

How to watch, stream and listen

TV: Noon ET, SEC Network. Announcer David Neal will provide the play-by-play and will be joined by  Matt Stinchcomb and Olivia Harlan on the sideline.

Radio: GeorgiaNicholls State.

Online streaming: Saturday's game can be watched online with WatchESPN.

Make friends: Head on over to Dawg Sports for all things Georgia.

Three big things to know

1. It's officially Jacob Eason's team. Yep, you heard that right -- early on Friday morning it was officially announced that the true freshman would be starting on Saturday afternoon against Nicholls State. The news isn't all that surprising, given that Eason looked to have a slightly better handle on things than now-backup Greyson Lambert did against UNC. However, given how quickly Lambert was benched for Eason (early in the second quarter) don't be surprised if Lambert gets the nod if Eason doesn't perform well.

2. Nicholls State has quite the veteran defense. This season, the Colonels bring back a total of 49 lettermen, along with and 18 starters. Most of the returning starters are on the defensive side of the things, with 28 guys returning with game experience. The unit is led by safety B.T. Sanders, who recorded 75 tackles last season.

3. Georgia can work out the kinks Saturday. Now that Eason is officially the guy, he can easily get more comfortable with running the offense for a full game this week against an FCS opponent. Not to mention this is the last game for Georgia before they open conference play against Missouri on the road, so it's a good opportunity to tie up loose ends against an FCS opponent this week.


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