It would seem that with games against Jacksonville State and Houston now out of the way, the schedule can only get easier, right?
Well, if only it were that easy.
Georgia State now has two weeks to prepare for Murray State, which is 2-2 this season but features a high-powered offense, and South Carolina State, which is also 2-2 with losses against FBS-level opponents.
The Racers would seem to be the most difficult test because of quarterback Casey Brockman. He has passed for more yards (1,226) this season than the Panthers have in total offense (1,199). The Racers have 1,858 yards in total offense.
The Bulldogs aren’t pushovers either because of a very aggressive defense and an offense that just scored 69 points in a victory against Delaware State last weekend.
I was listening to coach Bill Curry’s interview on 680AM a little while ago, and he said the program isn’t as far along as he thought it would be at this point. He pointed the finger at himself but also said the team lacks the discipline the expects.
Of course, a lack of discipline can result in just about every kind of mistake, including the special teams errors that plagued the team in weeks 2 and 3, and some of the missed assignments that are hampering the progress of the defense and offense.
Turning to the plusses and minuses so far…
The negatives are obvious and can be traced to a variety of issues, some of which Curry discussed.
But what are the positives?
After his hiccups against Old Dominion, punter Matt Hubbard is playing very well.
The cornerbacks are playing solidly. Of course, it’s hard to tell because the run defense has been so poor.
The offensive line hasn’t been as good with its pass blocking this year, even when Ben Jacoby was in, but it’s doing a good job with its run blocking, one of the priorities this year. Now, if the team can keep games close it’ll be interesting to see if they can move the pile when it matters in the fourth quarter.
Let’s treat this kind of like a pie-in-the-sky scenario. If you could ask the coaches to devote 100 percent of the practice time to one area during this off week, what area would that be and what would you like to see them do?
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu