Georgia State’s 2011 schedule will open, as it did in its inaugural season in 2010, on a Thursday night against an in-state opponent at the Georgia Dome. Clark Atlanta will open Georgia State’s second season Sept. 1.
Other highlights include a game a Sept. 10 home game against future Colonial Athletic Association opponent Old Dominion, Sept. 24 game at Houston of Conference USA and an Oct. 22 homecoming game against South Alabama
Sept. 1 Clark Atlanta (4-6 in Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
A smart move that could well produce a crowd greater than the 30,327 that watched last year’s opener against Shorter.
Sept. 10 Old Dominion (8-3 as an FCS indepdendent)
Like last year, a good measuring stick for Panthers. ODU, which beat GSU in 2010, will start CAA play in 2011.
Sept. 17 at Jacksonville State (9-3 in Ohio Valley Conference, lost in second round of FCS playoffs)
A rematch of perhaps GSU’s most exciting game of 2010. A good road trip possibility for GSU fans.
Sept. 24 at Houston (5-7 in Conference USA)
GSU’s lone FBS (formerly Division I-A) game of the year. Cougars quarterbacked by Heisman candidate Case Keenum.
Oct. 8 Murray State (6-5 in Ohio Valley Conference)
GSU will be coming off its bye. Murray State fact: Frank Beamer, Houston Nutt, Ralph Friedgen and Ron Zook all coached at Murray State (not at the same time). Murray State is now coached by Chris Hatcher, formerly of Valdosta State and Georgia Southern.
Oct. 15 at South Carolina State (9-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, lost in first round of FCS playoffs)
HBCU power has won three conference titles in a row. Could be the strongest FCS team on GSU’s schedule.
Oct. 22 South Alabama (10-0 as an unclassified team; will be FCS independent in 2011)
Panthers looking for payback after getting punished in 2010 loss to Jaguars.
Oct. 29 at Texas-San Antonio (playing first season in FCS)
UTSA led by former Miami coach Larry Coker, plays in Alamodome. At about 1,000 miles, GSU’s longest road trip to date.
Nov. 5 Lambuth (4-6 in NAIA independent, transitioning to Division II)
Lambuth, the only NAIA school on schedule, dealt GSU a humbling loss in 2010.
Nov. 12 at West Alabama (7-4 in Division II Gulf South Conference)
Tigers rookie head coach Will Hall is 30 years old. Yowsers.
Nov. 19 Campbell (3-8 in Pioneer Football League)
The pride of Buies Creek, N.C., comes to Atlanta to complete home-and-home.
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