Georgia State 2011 schedule

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

The schedule:

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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Ken Sugiura, Georgia State beat

54 comments Add your comment

outSTATEd

February 9th, 2011
10:35 am

WOW!! Great schedule, looks like it’s going to be a pretty competitive year. 2 FCS playoff schools, and two trips to Texas. Great job Coach Curry and Cheryl Levick, can’t wait until September!!!

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GStateBen

February 9th, 2011
10:46 am

More challenging schedule than 2010 and the combination of FCS and FBS schools on this year’s schedule had a combined 2010 winning % of .632.

Anyone. Anytime. Anywhere.

outSTATEd

February 9th, 2011
10:50 am

@ GStateBen, what happened to Costal Carolina, thought that was a lock?

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blazerdawg

February 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

Great schedule, but wish Georgia Southern or Valdosta State were on there. Good luck Panthers!

Matt the Brave

February 9th, 2011
1:28 pm

Would have loved to see Georgia State take on West Georgia, Valdosta State, and Georgia Southern all in the same year, but this schedule looks pretty solid.

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FP

February 9th, 2011
1:33 pm

Starting off the year against CAU. Maybe should become an annual game. Atlanta’s Battle of the Panthers aka the Panthers Bowl.

Ryan

February 9th, 2011
1:33 pm

@blazerdawg and @matt the brave , our AD is on record saying that she wants to schedule Georgia Southern, but their AD will not play ball. What can you do?

jtaylor27

February 9th, 2011
1:35 pm

There is no, I repeat…NO, benefit to playing any of the in-state schools at this time. If we beat UWG or VSU, well, we’re supposed to (although, VSU is a very solid program). If we lose, it’s Lambuth 2010 all over again. With Southern it’s a bit different. Odds are good that they would thrash us pretty good. Thus, no benefit their either–particularly with recruiting–so why not wait another year or two for us to get some real depth? On the other hand, beating Southern would, 1) shut them up, and 2) show that we are serious. Still, at this point, why risk it?

jtaylor27

February 9th, 2011
1:36 pm

Them–not their in the previous post. Proofreading is essential.

jtaylor27

February 9th, 2011
1:37 pm

Crap…THERE

Bobby

February 9th, 2011
1:39 pm

Looking forward to the 2nd season. Jacksonville State is an excellent road trip game.

gsu01

February 9th, 2011
1:43 pm

I’m ready for Sept 1 already! Thanks Ken!

Tuscon

February 9th, 2011
1:45 pm

Should be a blast. I like the alternating home/away after the first 4 games.

GStateBen

February 9th, 2011
1:52 pm

Coastal Carolina was an early rumble but they replaced us with a money game from what I understand.

GSUGrad06

February 9th, 2011
1:52 pm

Great balanced home schedule. Panther fans have three excellent opportunities to travel to the away games in Jax State, West Alabama, and SC State. I really hope we can bring a good crowd to at least the Jax State game, I think it’s about 90 minutes from campus.

STATEment

February 9th, 2011
1:56 pm

Looks like a great schedule to me! Very tough for being year 2! I would like to see Jax State every year. Let’s pack the Dome for those home games! Tell your friends.

Ryan

February 9th, 2011
2:13 pm

Ken, does this mean you will be the GSU football beat writer next year, or still up in the air? Thanks for all your work keeping us updated on our Panthers.

Alabama Jack

February 9th, 2011
2:36 pm

Jax state is closer to 2 hours but easy trip, I-20 west to Exit 185, then Alabama 21 North to the campus. Y’all come.

GSUPAnTHER

February 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

Great Schedule! Looking forward to playing Southern here in the next few years. I think that game could sell a TON of tickets in the Dome. Lets go State!

DC

February 9th, 2011
3:10 pm

West GA FTW! ha

spider

February 9th, 2011
3:19 pm

all i need now is ga tech sked and i can start working on my own sked of college games i will attend this fall.

reebok

February 9th, 2011
3:22 pm

Jax State & SC State are both good teams, & will be great tests for the GSU program…I agree with some above that Georgia State vs Georgia Southern would be a blast and would generate a lot of excitement.

Jothcra

February 9th, 2011
3:29 pm

It’s going to be a challenging year, but I think our team is up for it. I would love to see a huge crowd at the opener like we had last year.

Ken Sugiura

February 9th, 2011
3:40 pm

Thanks for the comments. from what I was told by Cheryl Levick, Georgia State bought out the Coastal Carolina game when Houston came in the picture.
as for Georgia Southern, Ryan is right. Levick told me again today that she wants a GSU-GSU game. I don’t think Southern is interested, however. I certainly understand their reasoning, but it would be a great thing for college football fans in the state.
And, Ryan, to answer your question, I’m under the impression I’ll be covering the team in the fall. It doesn’t make it a certainty, but that’s my expectation.

hammer22

February 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

Great analysis Ken. Folks this isn’t a cupcake schedule.

Southern’s AD is a nut and afraid to schedule us. I’m sick of talking about it, it’s not us.

outSTATEd

February 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

WOW!! Great looking schedule. 4 of our 5 losses get to be redeemed, 2 FCS playoff teams and one of the country’s top rated QB’s (@ Houston), and staring it all off w/ our buddy’s down the street at CAU! Way to go Coach Curry and Cheryl Levik, Just upgraded to Bronze Level due in no small part to your efforts.
GO PANTHERS!!

TR

February 9th, 2011
3:55 pm

2-9. Lambuth and Campbell.

Panama

February 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

Its a very tough schedule for a second year team. But at least it is finally out. So now lets get at it.

GSUtimes2

February 9th, 2011
5:19 pm

Love the schedule. The wife and I are planning to make the trip to SC State and Jax State. Too bad about Southern. I get the apprehension, too. If we lost to them we can say “oh, we are new”…if Southern loses to us, you could see a major shift in in-state recruiting to us. It will eventually happen, but not until GSU is established…

jweaver

February 9th, 2011
6:11 pm

I am so excited for GSU football next year. This schedule is incredibly front-loaded after week 1. Thursday night vs. CAU will be epic.

Toccoa Dawg

February 9th, 2011
7:07 pm

This a decent schedule for a team in “only” their second year of football. Coach Curry really is doing a good job. But, come on coach. Get a home and home with Georgia Southern and start an instate rivalry.

Toccoa Dawg

February 9th, 2011
7:11 pm

GSU vs GSU, come on people make it happen.

glsjunior

February 9th, 2011
7:38 pm

We’d put 50-60 k in the dome in a Southern vs GSU game. Tell Fake GSU’s AD to grow some.

Chattanooga Eagle

February 9th, 2011
9:02 pm

I think that a GSU vs GSU rivalry will be great in the future and I agree, it would be a packed house for sure… Give Georgia State a few years to develop their program and lets play then. Come on buddy, fake GSU?? That’s pretty lame. Good luck to you guys this year.

itsmeagain

February 9th, 2011
10:36 pm

Chattanooga Eagle: The “fake GSU” moniker sprung up through these boards last season because so many southern trolls would pop up and never shut up about how they were the real GSU. It’s nothing against you or your establishment, its just that we never hear the end of it from trolls

Go Panthers!!

February 9th, 2011
10:36 pm

I’d love nothing more than for GSU-GSU to be a major FCS rivalry…the ‘Bama/Auburn game of FCS.

Then I’d love it even more if both schools jumped to FBS and carried the rivalry up there, too.

VSU Alumnus

February 10th, 2011
1:51 pm

I don’t know where to begin? D2 Clark Atlanta, NAIA Lambuth, at West Alabama,and non-scholarship Campbell, but NO Valdosta State ????????

outSTATEd

February 10th, 2011
4:11 pm

@ VSU Alumnus
Have you see gas prices lately? We can’t afford to drive all the way to Valdosta….lol

GStateBen

February 10th, 2011
4:37 pm

@ VSU Alumnus Lambuth is reclassifying to Division II. We are an FCS Independent this year.

Is it possible we could see Valdosta State in the future? Maybe, not likely considering we are joining the best FCS league in the country in 2012.

outSTATEd

February 10th, 2011
10:14 pm

Seriously people enough with the GSU-GSU shit. Lets focus on the great season we have before us. I’m sure someday we’ll play the cow college but for now just go out and buy your season tickets!!

VSU Alumnus

February 11th, 2011
9:06 am

@outSTATEd…LOL. I have some advice that may not be popular. When Bill Curry’s contract is up don’t renew it. He gave you some name recognition early on,but he is an old man who wants some easy wins before retiring again.You need a young ,hungry coach who wants to play the best to be the best. Go head to head with in state schools and generate some excitement. Any way….Go Panthers and Blazers !!!

Chen

February 11th, 2011
11:18 am

I wish the Real GSU will play with Georgia Southern Eagle. This would be a game!

itsmeagain

February 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

Lol. Vsu alumnus, I think you may have contradicted yourself there

VSU Alumnus

February 11th, 2011
4:28 pm

@itsmeagain What’s with your remark? I’m pulling for Georgia State. Georgia Southern and Valdosta State have more national championship seasons each than Georgia State has seasons. Both schools made the playoffs last year.That’s why I consider them the best.I hope State will get there too one day.
Go Panthers and Blazers !!!

itsmeagain

February 12th, 2011
3:57 am

Playing the best in Georgia is playing UGA or Tech. They are the best. Georgia Southern is, I’ll give you, up there in the FCS, but were about to join a conference with better schools (yes gs might have won 6 titles, but they aren’t the best right now, plain and simple). Anyone outside of gs, regardless of how good they are, is below where they need to be. Trust me, I know Valdosta is a good school, I was there a few years ago at the title game, but if we played, we would be expected to win. And if we didn’t win, we would be criticized for it in the same way as we were Lambuth. the reason I say you contradicted yourself is because when it comes to it, the best of the best are not in Georgia; they’re in Alabama apparently. And we played one of them last year.

VSU Alumnus

February 13th, 2011
6:37 am

@itsmeagain….Any man who posts at 4:00 in the morning and followed my Blazers to Florence is okay with me. As you may know VSU is having scheduling problems and I think a Georgia State – VSU series would be fun and profitable for both schools. GSU could bus to Valdosta and not even spend $$$ on lodging. VSU fans would gladly travel to the dome.You are correct about playing a lower division team is a no win situation for any upper division team. Ask Lloyd Carr from Michigan about that.That is why we can’t find 1-AA teams to play us. Any way….consider the offer. I go to the Chick Fil A bowl every year and like the dome. Dinner at Teds before kickoff is fun. Go Panthers and Blazers !!!

UWG Alum

February 14th, 2011
8:36 pm

West Georgia would be a better game than playing Lambuth AGAIN….with all the UWG alumni in Atlanta.