Georgia State vs. St. Francis

Three storylines

Can the running game bounce back? Last week broke a two-week string of 200-yard performances on the ground. While the passing game continues its season-long streak of up-and-down performances, the team needs the offensive line and running backs to consistently produce. St. Francis, an NAIA school, shouldn’t match up physically with Georgia State’s offensive line.

Can Kelton Hill bounce back? Making his second start at quarterback, Hill failed to crack 100 passing yards, hitting just six of his 15 attempts. The week before, he hit 12 of 15 for more than 200 yards. He did connect with wide receiver Albert Wilson for the duo’s third touchdown in two games last week. Some of the mistakes last week were missed reads and some were just bad throws. Hill remains confident and can be a game-changer when he’s on, as evidenced by the win against South Alabama.

Will the special teams ever get better? They missed four long field goals last week and the kickoff coverage unit continued its season-long string of disappointing performances.

A Georgia State win would …

Be its third this season.

Be its third in the Georgia Dome this season.

Be its first over an NAIA-level team.

A St. Francis win would …

Be its eighth this season.

Keep an eye on …

For Georgia State: Jake Muasau. Perhaps no player has benefitted more from some of the defense’s changes in scheme and mindset. The linebacker had 10 tackles with two sacks and an interception last week, a week after his pressure led to the game-ending interception in the win against South Alabama. He’s been dinged up this week, but Curry said Muasau should play.

For St. Francis: E.J. White. The quarterback has thrown 28 touchdown passes this season in leading an offense that averages 260.9 rushing yard and 224.6 passing per game.

The numbers game

2

Georgia State has played in back-to-back overtime games.

425

The number of points scored by St. Francis this season, 268 more than the Panthers.

The history book

This is the teams’ first meeting.

The bottom line

Though St. Francis has dominated many of the teams it has played this season, it is the equivalent of a Division II team. The Panthers should be able to post a performance similar to the one against Clark Atlanta earlier this year, as long as the players stay focused. Look for the offense to perform well, continuing a season-long trend of up-and-down performances, and the defense to continue its recent string of solid performances.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

23 comments Add your comment

GSU Panther

November 4th, 2011
11:00 am

Viva GSU Panther!

GaDawg

November 4th, 2011
11:42 am

Dan Williams #17 and Bo Carter #83 are each about 6′4″ 200. Wondering why they are not being utilized this year. Both appear to be good possession receivers.

Walking with a Panther

November 4th, 2011
11:49 am

Good point about #17. You would think Williams would be the go to guy on third down. Let’s just finish the year with some wins. Go Panthers!!!

Doug Roberson

November 4th, 2011
12:15 pm

Williams has been dealing with some injuries. Not sure about Carter.

Attendance

November 4th, 2011
1:18 pm

Doug,
Can you post attendance for the games or provide a web site that shows the attendance at each game?

Panther

November 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

Is Haynes still on the team?

Doug Roberson

November 4th, 2011
2:13 pm

Clark: 26,273
ODU: 11,701
Murray: 10,963
South Alabama: 14,086

zgoldatl

November 4th, 2011
4:28 pm

BLEED BLUE!!

Sloppy

November 4th, 2011
5:03 pm

DUDE…I GRADUATED FROM ST FRANCIS BACK WHEN I LIVED IN ATLANTA. DONE STEPPED UP AND GOT A FOOTBALL TEAM. THEY LET GSU PLAY HIGH SCHOOLS IN FOOTBALL? THAT SEEMS WEIRD.

Lambuth

November 4th, 2011
5:38 pm

Lambuth part deux? I hope St Francis doesn’t have to shut its doors like Lambuth if they end up winning this game.

GState08

November 4th, 2011
6:09 pm

Haynes is still on the team. He is just greatly overlooked.

J-WallGSU

November 4th, 2011
7:01 pm

actually haynes is no longer on the team he was dismissed from the program a few weeks ago

GaStateChris

November 4th, 2011
8:38 pm

Great stuff, Doug. Thanks!

GStateBen

November 5th, 2011
7:21 am

Sidney Haynes has not been on the team in three weeks. Neither has Josh Irby and Emmanuel Oghbuehi will not play the rest if this season either. They sit in the stands which signals a discipline issue because injured players dress and are on the sidelines.

GStateBen

November 5th, 2011
7:23 am

For all the trolls who laugh at this game we had little choice as Lambuth went under as a university. Scrambling for an opponent is not the easiest thing in the world and several teams backed out of verbal agreements.

Life as an FCS Independent.

GSU4Life

November 5th, 2011
9:14 am

Don’t forget about Lambuth. Another intramural team we faced and lost to. Would not discount this team and both Campbell and West Alabama aren’t gimmies. Remember, we lost to a first year program last week. Our offense sucks.

STATEMENT

November 5th, 2011
9:27 am

We wil lose to UWA a D2 school because it’s on the road and we’ve only won 1 road game in two years (Campbell barely by a FG). Also because both our lines suck.

takerjw

November 5th, 2011
5:19 pm

hahahaha……. 0-2 vs NAIA. Can’t wait to see you guys play in the CAA.

Blah

November 5th, 2011
5:42 pm

STATEMENT

November 5th, 2011
6:07 pm

It’s official, we are the WORST team EVER!!!! Once again no TD’s in the 4th Qtr. Curry deserves this for not letting Christian redeem himself. I am humiliated by this loss, I will be hounded at work on Monday. Thanks Coach…..I’m completely done with this team.

glsjunior

November 5th, 2011
6:14 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY!

GSUAlum89

November 5th, 2011
9:37 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY!!!

breonna daniel

November 7th, 2011
3:37 pm

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