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Defending Champs to be Featured Twice for GSC Game of the Week

Posted at 11:54 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 23:54:35-04

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –The Valdosta State football team will be featured twice this season for the GSC Game of the Week, the league office announced. The Blazers will face Shorter in Rome, Ga., on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. on ESPN+ and then will battle West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., for the Old Peach Bucket on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

The Blazers are 20-14 all-time in the GSC Game of the Week and played in two GSC Game of the Week contests last season in the final two weeks of the regular season at West Florida (W, 48-21) and at home against West Georgia (W, 47-31) for the Blazers' seventh Gulf South Conference title. VSU was featured three times on the ESPN family of networks last season during the regular season, including the D2 Football Showcase in the Okefenokee Classic in Waycross, Ga., versus Fort Valley State (W, 55-6). VSU then was on ESPN3 for the Notre Dame College national semifinal game and on ESPN2 for the national championship game.

ESPN will serve as the exclusive carrier of the league's package for the sixth straight season. This year's schedule will feature one GSC game every Saturday from September 14th through November 16th.

"The Gulf South Conference maintains the longest running game of the week programming in Division II with this renewal with ESPN," said GSC Commissioner Matt Wilson. "The digital platforms that ESPN provides will place the best football in Division II alongside other great games across the country each week. We are excited to collaborate with the premier sports media organization in the college market."

Don Russell will continue to be the play-by-play voice of the GSC, and he will once again be joined by Rick Rhoades as the color commentator.

VSU opens the 2019 season at Albany State on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in Albany, Ga. The Blazers return home to host Ohio Dominican on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium for the 2019 home-opener.

The 2019 D2 Football Showcase slate of games has not been announced as of yet. Check back with to see if VSU will have a game featured as part of the D2 Football Showcase.

About The GSC
The Gulf South Conference is a charter NCAA Division II member. The GSC has won 52 national titles across 13 sports and has claimed more than 150 regional titles. In 2019-20, the GSC will have 13 member institutions and sponsor 19 sports.

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The schedule for 2019 can be found below. All nine of the league's football members are featured at least twice in the package.

Week 2September 14West Florida at Shorter1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CTESPN3
Week 3September 21Florida Tech at Delta State7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CTESPN3
Week 4September 28Valdosta State at Shorter6:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. CTESPN+
Week 5October 5North Greenville at West Alabama2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CTESPN3
Week 6October 12West Georgia at North Greenville7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CTESPN+
Week 7October 19West Alabama at Delta State7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CTESPN+
Week 8October 26West Florida at Florida Tech1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CTESPN+
Week 9November 2Mississippi College at West Georgia2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CTESPN+
Week 10November 9Mississippi College at West Alabama1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CTESPN3
Week 11November 16Valdosta State at West Georgia7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CTESPN3