GSU lines up Houston for 2011

It lacks the panache of Alabama, but Georgia State has arranged a game with Houston for the 2011 season.

The team has finalized a contract with Houston, a member of Conference USA, for a Sept. 24 game in Houston. It is the only FBS (formerly Division I-A) team that the Panthers will play in 2011. The payout will be $300,000, which is about $135,000 less than Georgia State received from Alabama to play in Tuscaloosa last November.

Other confirmed opponents for Georgia State’s second season are home games with Old Dominion (Sept. 10) and South Alabama (Oct. 22) and road games with South Carolina State (Oct. 15) and Texas-San Antonio (Oct. 29)

The Panthers will likely face quarterback Case Keenum, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility last week based on medical hardship. Keenum, who was a Heisman Trophy candidate entering 2010, tore his ACL in the third game of the season. The Cougars were first in the country in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense in 2009, when Keenum finished eighth in Heisman balloting.

The Cougars finished 5-7 overall and were 4-4 in Conference USA. They play home games at 32,000-seat Robertson Stadium.

Georgia State will have all of its starters back from its inaugural team, which finished 6-5.

- Ken Sugiura

55 comments Add your comment

Panama

January 19th, 2011
12:02 pm

First? For whats its worth. Hope the full schedule gets released this week

GStateBen

January 19th, 2011
12:03 pm

Thanks as always Ken!

We did lose Kicker Iain Vance but we do return all offensive and defensive starters.

Onward and Upward!

itsmeagain

January 19th, 2011
12:07 pm

Panama

January 19th, 2011
12:53 pm

Cannot beat 22 of 22 offensive and defensive starters returning

Ken Sugiura

January 19th, 2011
12:58 pm

good to hear from you all.

GSU Mens BB Fan

January 19th, 2011
1:11 pm

Good to hear from you too Ken! You kind of left us hanging after the Alabama game. I suppose that is the life of the AJC’s brightest journalist!

With National Signing Day, and the Spring practices around the corner, will we be hearing more from you?

Jason

January 19th, 2011
5:18 pm

Maybe in a year or two GSU can start scheduling a couple of Big East teams. It’s no secret that the Big East would love to have access to the huge Atlanta media market. Their willingness to take on relatively new football programs like UConn and South Florida points to Georgia State having a chance to join the Big East in a decade or so if they follow a similar path. It sure would beat joining the Sun Belt or CUSA.

fairburn1

January 19th, 2011
5:33 pm

Go panthers! Bring on year 2 and them damn cougars!

STATEment

January 19th, 2011
5:56 pm

Smart game to schedule in my opinion! Turning out to be a very honest schedule for a second year program if you ask me.

Go State!

G.Stateall day!

January 19th, 2011
5:59 pm

The real GSU is going to be a force sooner then what everyone thinks! Kids are dying to get back to Atlanta and not only to be closer to their families but to get play in the Georgia Dome, not bad at all!The campus is literary changing over night and getting ride of the commuter school image. Hopefully the student section will be more livelier than last year. Maybe they will show the Houston game on ESPN this year as well! We are going to dominate the football programs in Atlanta real soon! Okay I’m off my soap box!

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blazerdawg

January 19th, 2011
6:24 pm

Good excuse to go to H-town. Papa Bros’ BBQ is only about two miles from UH!

Paddy

January 19th, 2011
6:27 pm

Any word on ticket prices. Last years prices had sticker shock for most fans. You would have thought you were buying an NFL game ticket. They should have taken a page out of Old Dominion’s marketing book! Some folks never learn and then they get promoted. With there ticket prices you can expect minimal attendance from now on.

Hammer22

January 19th, 2011
6:34 pm

Good work as usual Ken. We’ve missed you.

Panama

January 19th, 2011
7:26 pm

@Paddy

Season tickets last year started d at $72 last year and will again this year. Single game tickets started at $15 last year. The only thing cheaper is Pop Warner.

Paddy

January 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

Panama…I hope that is true! The original press release had tickets that rivaled the Falcons. Glad they wised up!

Ken

January 19th, 2011
11:08 pm

Should be a good one. I like GSU but worked for UH Athletics so I don’t know who to root for. GSU Asst Head Coach George Pugh also coached at UH so maybe that’s the connection.

Txdawg

January 20th, 2011
12:05 am

blazerdawg…. go the other direction to Thelma’s so much better and half the price.

itsmeagain

January 20th, 2011
1:52 am

Ken. I thought we were friends. And then you go and disappear on me like that…

Steve

January 20th, 2011
2:19 am

@Paddy-

What are you talking about? Tickets last year and this year are almost the same exact price. It was never debated about changing them to rival the Falcons either. That just would not make any sense. And what press release are you talking about? Sounds like you are just talking to hear yourself talk

Panther Class of' '75

January 20th, 2011
7:46 am

This is a great convenient game for us to attend…. and only get 300K? … Bill, find another Mid- Major closer to home….Its going to cost the team,100k for the trip…..

GSUAlum

January 20th, 2011
7:47 am

Can someone please tell me who the heck Houston is??? I know the city but did not realize they actually have a football team other than the NFL one. Guess we will play Sacramento the next year???

eagle

January 20th, 2011
8:38 am

@ panama:

i’ll take the 21 of 22 starters (and all special teams) georgia SOUTHERN is returning on a national semi-final team. so yes, in my eyes, you can beat your 22 returners.

Reggie Ball for Heisman

January 20th, 2011
11:01 am

Prediction: Georgia State will beat Georgia Tech IN the next 10 years. Prediction: Georgia will beat Georgia Tech FOR the next 10 years.
Conclusion: Suck it Nerds

GSU_2012

January 20th, 2011
11:16 am

This is a great move for State! Texas is the mecca of high school football and we have two games in that state this year. What is the best idea for the improvement of State football? Move three home games to Thursday night and dont play all your Saturday games at 1 PM. More people are on campus on Thursday, and you don’t have to battle with people who want to watch other programs play that night. Get people hooked to a product, then they will begin to follow you. Games at 1 pm on Saturday make tailgating much harder also.

Chang

January 20th, 2011
12:27 pm

GSU Asian students proud of Georgia State Panther football program.
Congratulation Panther!!!

Olsen

January 20th, 2011
12:33 pm

Ga State should start a rivalry with GA Southern!!!!!!!!!!!

PantherAlum

January 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

Great coverage Ken and great annoucement – nice paycheck, publicity, and continuing to add these high level teams provides benchmarks to measure progress with.

gsu01

January 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

Should be a fun trip! Welcome back Ken!

Panama

January 20th, 2011
2:30 pm

@eagle

Happy for you guys although I have lived in Georgia for 28 years and have yet to care about GS’ program. Just saying…

Panama

January 20th, 2011
2:32 pm

@Olsen

Why? Nobody cares. We will have plenty of rivals just based on our 1st year and 2nd year schedule. South Alabama comes to mind

GSUGrad06

January 20th, 2011
2:46 pm

This will be a fun game for the program. A little more reasonable than playing Alabama. Houston has defensive struggles and is not a smash mouth running football team. Those are the ones we could shock. It will also be nice to see where we match up compared to a C-USA team. ;-)

I will likely make the trip to Houston for this one.

Jee S. You

January 20th, 2011
4:21 pm

LOL at all the GaSo fans gloming onto a GSU story. As for who Houston is – they are a team with ten conference championships at a higher level than where you play, and actually managed to beat Air Force in a bowl a couple of years ago (something Tech couldn’t manage).

itsmeagain

January 20th, 2011
4:22 pm

Here’s my hope; playing Bama last year has given the guys some tips to becoming successful (eg work out and build strength, put in effort, hopefully just given the guys a goal). This makes them come back harder and stronger than anyone imagined leading to a bloody good season. That is my hope

Jothcra

January 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

It’s going to be an interesting game, hopefully not as mismatched as Alabama was…

Hammer22

January 20th, 2011
4:44 pm

There’s too many Southern haters on our articles. Stop being bitter b/c no one cares!

itsmeagain

January 20th, 2011
7:18 pm

Who is Georgia southern?

eagle

January 21st, 2011
8:33 am

nobody was hating and nobody is bitter. it’s a fun rivalry between in-state opponents. the basketball rivalry when both schools were in the TAAC was alot of fun.

and as for who georgia southern is…we’re only the program with more national titles at this level than any other. and all signs seems to show that we are back to form, so we might be adding to those six flags flying over paulson stadium pretty soon.

it would be fun to play a home and home with state. i’m all for it. we would bring 15-20 thousand to the dome ourselves. would be alot of fun.

Go Panthers!!

January 21st, 2011
9:38 am

Anyone who doesn’t know the University of Houston should probably not post on sports blogs anymore.

That’s just dumb.

Or it’s someone who thinks college sports begin and end with the SEC.

And anyone complaining about the price of tickets for a GSU game?!?!? Really?

Holy smokes!!! They’re ridiculously affordable.

Go Panthers!!

January 21st, 2011
9:40 am

eagle, it’s good that GS is back on the rise. And unlike a few other State fans, I think a rivalry with GS is good until one of us makes a move to FBS.

But, it’s going to be harder for anyone to dominate FCS like Southern once did. It’s not the same league it was 20-30 years ago.

Gipper

January 21st, 2011
9:46 am

Does Georgia Southern College (GSC) have a football team?

PantherPops

January 21st, 2011
10:10 am

Houston will be a fun road trip. Faced defending Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram in 2010 & if Case Keenum is healthy, he will be one of the Heisman favorites in 2011. He has the chance to break the career touchdown mark & career passing yards totals.

Tom

January 21st, 2011
10:25 am

this is freakin awesome!!!!!! I can’t wait to fly out and see my family!

itsmeagain

January 21st, 2011
5:16 pm

I still ask, who is Georgia southern?

Go Panthers!!

January 22nd, 2011
2:07 am

A Georgia Southern is a thing that houses a tick museum.

I think that’s all anyone needs to know.

itsmeagain

January 22nd, 2011
4:09 am

GSUtimes2

January 22nd, 2011
10:33 am

Wow, how did I miss this thread the past couple days? Good to see it back for now. As far as other games, shouldn’t we also have road games against Lambuth, Morehead State, and Jacksonville State?

Buster Barlow

January 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

Who is the University of Houston? They have been playing football since 1946. They were a member of the Southwestern Conference and played in the Cotton bowl at least two or more times, against Notre Dame, and Maryland. A member of their team, Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy. They have several ex team members on NFL teams… Kevin Kolb with the Steelers, and Volmer, with the Patriots. They are from Houston,, Texas, the largest city in Texas. They presently have a quarterback, Case Keenum who will, if hot injured this year, break all of the records for passing yardage, touchdowns and total offense in a career. You will know who they are after you play them in September. Cougar booster

egeagle

January 24th, 2011
10:19 am

These Staters are so football-challenged that they don’t know a historically dominant team from their own state and division, much less a Houston team with a proud past. I guess you don’t know about GSC/U because you have to look so far upward to see us. It is funny to hear you tell us ad nauseum that you don’t care because it pretty darned obvious that you do. Y’all aren’t even on our radar except for the fatuous insults you tend to hurl.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 24th, 2011
11:40 am

Ken, Great to have you back! Looking forward to the 2011 season. I hope we are going to play Jacksonville State in Alabama. That would be a great road trip for GSU. Let us know if you have any other info on the 2011 schedule or roster. GO PANTHERS!!!