Countdown to Tuscaloosa begins…

Greetings, all-

Just wanted to let you know I’ll have something up Thursday. I’m taking a short break and will be back on the trail at Thursday’s practice.

The team began practice Wednesday morning after a much-anticipated break. Linebacker Louie Muasau said his plans were to “kick my feet up do a little bit of treatment and get right.”

I’ll throw this out there as a topic of conversation. For you, what does the Alabama game mean? Will the team’s performance shape the way you look at the season? What are your hopes/expectations for the game?

36 comments Add your comment

VP

November 10th, 2010
11:40 am

The team’s performance will no way effect what i think of them. Just getting on the field this year is a success. Getting a winning record is a nice cherry atop the sundae. I know there is no way they can keep up with the Tide. There is no shame in loosing big either.

I am super excited to see them on TV for the first time though.

NLR84

November 10th, 2010
11:45 am

I’m putting very litle stock or signifcance into the Alabama game. It was only added to the schedule to add much needed revenue into the program. The success and development seen this season will not hinge on this game.

schmeckdawg

November 10th, 2010
12:25 pm

My hope is that Saban takes pity on them and doesn’t hang 100 points on the Panther’s.

Alabammer fan

November 10th, 2010
12:46 pm

I agree schmeck… I doubt he will. He did have his offense take a knee in the SEC championship game.

Debbie Downer

November 10th, 2010
12:47 pm

These are the rushing totals of the Panthers opponents:

Shorter, 206
Lambuth, 184
Jacksonville State, 167
Campbell, 257
Morehead State, 50
Savannah State, 154
NC Central, 175
Old Dominion, 229
South Alabama, 293
Lamar, 84

If teams like these are running on the defense, what will Alabama do? I just hope no players get seriously injured.

Class of 80

November 10th, 2010
12:49 pm

What the heck, we’re going to ROLL THE TIDE ! ! ! !

PantherMike

November 10th, 2010
1:01 pm

Class of 80….I want what you’re drinking….an elixir from the “punch bowl.” I’m happy with the season. A few missed opportunities…but some definite highlights as well. Good foundational year for our Panthers. Hope we score a less daunting FBS team next year….not only for the pay, but for the chance to gauge our progress. Go Panthers!

glsjunior

November 10th, 2010
1:27 pm

I just wanted it to be relatively close at the half say 10-3 or 14-7, that way Sportscenter would have to acknowledge it and give us some positive press. Whether it then turns into a 65-7 game after isn’t significant.

GSU to Pac 10

November 10th, 2010
1:29 pm

Can’t wait for this match-up. Just getting on the field with Bama makes this season a success.

Prediction: Panthers lose … in overtime!

ouch!

November 10th, 2010
1:31 pm

they’re all playing ball!

GSUtimes2

November 10th, 2010
1:57 pm

To me, this almost a no-lose situation. Yes, we will likely lose the game but unless Bama scores more than, say, 70 or we get blanked, it won’t be that big of a deal. Bama stands to have a ton of scrutiny if they hang 100 on us. Our situation is that no one expects anything other than a drumming…we are a first year team, afterall. So, from there, we can only go up. Hopefully, we can keep the first half close. What will really be telling is our performance during the first few series when most of the starters are still playing for Bama. As one Georgia Southern fan said on this blog one time “if y’all make it past the 50 yard line it will be a miracle.” Agreed.

VSU Alumnus

November 10th, 2010
2:04 pm

Good luck at Bama. You should all go and have fun with it.A few years ago VSU had an early season mens basketball game in Athens. Rare opportunity for me,because I’m both a VSU and UGA alumnus. I had a great time in my VSU shirt and UGA hat. Dawgs won by just over 30. Good showing by both. Go Panther and Blazers !!!

wsj

November 10th, 2010
2:19 pm

I’m guessing that Saban will want a virtual bye week before Auburn and pull his starters early. He’ll then use his players on the bench to give them some game experience. Hopefully the Panthers will come out of this not worse for wear.

Ed

November 10th, 2010
2:43 pm

We will win and Drew Little will cement his claim to the Heisman.

Anyone want to tailgate before the game in Tuscaloosa. I’ll be there.

GStateBen

November 10th, 2010
2:46 pm

I expect no Alabama starter to play in the 2nd half. They need to get a half worth of work in and get out without an injury. We have until spring to get healthy, the Tide are still playing for an SEC West title as well as BCS Bowl (they currently sit at #12). They need all of their defensive players to cover Cheatin’ Cam Newton the following Friday.

To answer Ken’s questions: The Alabama game is our Bowl game. This is the reward for a winning season. We already know the team is not going to quit and have continued to see them fight through adversity this season at ODU and at USA. I hope and expect us to represent our university well and to play hard for 60 minutes. I actually expect us to score a few touchdowns late and not make the score as ugly as it could be.

Goose

November 10th, 2010
3:15 pm

Agreed. It really is our bowl game. This game is a reward for our tremendous season. It’s a challenge and an opportunity to take these kids to the next level for the 2011 season. They will learn so much and train that much harder in the offseason to make sure we have an even better season in 2011. It’s an opportunity for us fans to feel good about these kids and to calm down with all the unrealistic expectations. The fact that we get to watch them on National TV will make all of us feel good about the players and our program. I don’t know the commentators for the game, but I can’t wait for Kurt Herbstreit to say something like, “Wow, where did they find this kid Drew Little.” We all will build off of this game. Alumni base will increase next season no matter what and if we happen to score some points, even better.

Overall, we all know what the end result will be. Stack the box and hope for the best. This season has been wonderful, and it’s just the beginning of many great things to come from these kids.

GO PANTHERS!!!

MFP2011

November 10th, 2010
3:20 pm

Personally, this game means ALOT for me. I grew up watching Alabama football and eventually adopted them as “my” team. GSU is my mom’s alma mater and I attend there as well. So, for GSU to have a winning season and to play against Alabama is a dream come true.
That being said, this game will give everyone (players, coaches, staff, students, etc) a taste of what GSU football is truly capable of. Yes, flaws and issues will be exposed, but it’s a fantastic leaning experience and will bring attention to this infant program.
My hope is that GSU sticks to a solid running game and to give Saban’s O-Line a hard time ;)
Saban- don’t kill my boys in blue!!!
GO PANTHERS!!

GSU

November 10th, 2010
4:16 pm

Let’s all remember that Bama beat UT Chat. last year 45-0. Therefore, I doubt Bama will put up much more than that on us.

put me in Coach!

November 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

Rumor has it that Alabama’s team is pretty good at playing football.

Every GSU Co-ed

November 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

I want to be on Danny Williams.

Fire Rodney Ho

November 10th, 2010
4:29 pm

GSU has a better chance of winning than Rodney Ho does surviving the week at the AJC. Sweet fedora, bro!

RoguePanther

November 10th, 2010
5:05 pm

Well, hope the Panther boys have a lot of fun there in the Bama territory.
First time seeing so many spectators in the stadium, but Don’t get dazed guys, think of them all for you, just a little mental prep would do it for you.

Have great fun, you never know how the ball may bounce.
Gooo Panthers!!!!

tyger

November 10th, 2010
6:42 pm

College Playoff Conundrum…

For those, like me, who believe the FCS Bowl Championship should go to a playoff format because it’s fairer, take a deep breath, it’s not. Right now, in the DII Playoff Super Region Format there’s a bevy of deserving schools that will be on the outside looking in and only God knows why?

For example: FVSU (8-2) lost to undefeated Albany St. (10-0) in the Fountain City Classic this weekend, are tied for 2nd in the SIAC and #23 in the DII AFCA Coaches Poll. Yet, are ranked #7 in DII Super Region 2 behind Morehouse (8-2).

Morehouse defeated FVSU early in the year, so they own the head-to-head, but they lost to Tuskegee (8-2) and Albany St. FVSU beat Tuskegee soundly and lost 12-7 to Albany for the SIAC championship. Morehouse lost soundly to Tuskegee and played Albany St. close as well. Morehouse is ranked #24 in the AFCA Coaches Poll behind FVSU, but #6 in the DII Super Region 2 ahead of FVSU.

Similarly, Winston-Salem State, Shaw and St. Augustine are all 8-2 in the CIAA and ranked #6 or worse in the DII Super Region 1.

As it currently stands, from this group, only Albany St., Shaw and Morehouse will make the DII Playoffs while other 8-2 teams: St. Augustine, Winston-Salem, Tuskegee and poor FVSU will sit home and watch while 6-3 teams continue to play.

Somethings not right here. Even Sheridan Broadcasting Networks Black College Poll did not even rank FVSU after its loss to Albany or did it receive any votes whatsoever. What’s the logic here? If you lose to the undefeated champion, you fall out of the poll completely, while other teams with the same or worse record remain?

for better analysis goto http://www.hbcuclassics.com

VSU Alumnus

November 10th, 2010
8:04 pm

@Tyger….. Who ever gets into the playoffs from the SIAC it is a moot point. They always loss in an early round of the playoffs. The historically black college conferences can’t hold a candle to conferences like the Gulf South and South Atlantic. Check the record book.I do support the champion of any and all conferences getting into the playoffs. That produces a true champion.

Aristocrat of Band Fans

November 10th, 2010
9:50 pm

People don’t go to HBCU football games for football: it’s all about the bands and the gorgeous girls. Anyone that graduated from an HBCU, or any GSU football season ticker holder, knows this!

Class of 80

November 10th, 2010
10:22 pm

The Tide will come down with a team case of botulism, and GSU will secure the biggest upset of all time.

Mark me.

HA HA HA HA HA

Pitiful

November 10th, 2010
10:52 pm

this is by far the most shameful thing the defending national champs can do is play anyone that isn’t a div I school, man up Saban, you should be ashamed

blazerdawg

November 10th, 2010
11:03 pm

Give em hell Panthers! Go Blazers!

Atl in NC

November 10th, 2010
11:10 pm

Check out the comments about the concrete campus from Charlotte:

http://gmine.blogspot.com/2010/11/thoughts-on-trip-to-norfolk-and-odu.html

GSU Mens BB Fan

November 10th, 2010
11:47 pm

Pitiful – Georgia State is a Division I school.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 11th, 2010
1:37 am

Try the “Remember the Titans” Song and Dance to come on to the field. Who Ha Who Ha The are the Titans the Mighty Mighty Titans.
Coach Bill give your best Vince L speach. Tell the boys about Johnny U. and please don’t get the players hurt.
Take the money and try to be the best your team can be.

Billyboy

November 11th, 2010
8:02 am

GSU has had a great year! Congratulations to Bill and the entire team. The good news is that some point in the game GSU will be tied with Alabama, we have an office pool on how many seconds will GSU be tied and how many seconds will GSU be leading. Final Prediction the “seconds tied” will win. Go GSU

SecIsFootball

November 11th, 2010
8:32 am

As a BAMA fan living in Atlanta, I am very proud of what GSU has accomplished in their first season! My hopes as a BAMA fan for next week is to get a quick, early lead and get the starters out and rested up for Auburn the following Friday.

Scam_newton

November 11th, 2010
11:24 am

just be glad you aint playin the Auburn Cheetahs

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 11th, 2010
12:25 pm

GO PANTHERS!!! Give it your best shot as you have all season. The Men in Blue will not give up as we have seen all season. Great job! Coach Bill Curry and staff!!! Dial it up Drew and the Receiving Corps. O-line keep up the great pass blocking as you have all season.

VSU Alumnus

November 11th, 2010
2:24 pm

OMG !!!!!!! UT San Antonio is joining the WAC. What will Georgia State do ????