Three storylines for tonight’s game between Georgia State and UTSA
1. Can Georgia State’s offense finish a drive? The offense has one touchdown this season, and that came on its last drive against Tennessee on Saturday, a drive that was helped by the pass-interference calls against the Volunteers. However, the Panthers had chances, notably a first-and-goal on its first drive and reaching the 14 in the second quarter. Both resulted in field goals. The team has a running back capable of driving through the line in Donald Russell. It remains to be seen if they can get close enough to use him.
2. Can the defense post a sack? In eight quarters, the team hasn’t posted a sack. It’s a slightly misleading stat because the Panthers were trying to keep South Carolina State quarterback Richard Cue in the pocket in the opener, and simply couldn’t get around Tennessee’s mammoth offensive line in the second. The sooner they can start applying pressure, the less difficult it should be for the secondary to keep coverage. The defense is giving up an average of 337 passing yards per game on 16.4 yards per catch.
3. Can the special teams remain steady? Christian Benvenuto made both of his field-goal attempts against the Vols. Matt Hubbard averaged 44.8 yards per punt despite nearly shanking one. The coverage teams played mostly well against the faster Vols, who averaged 11.5 yards per punt return and 31 yards per kickoff return, but didn’t score a touchdown by either. Coach Bill Curry said the special teams, problematic a year ago, are improving.
A win for Georgia State would …
Be its first this season
A win for Texas-San Antonio would …
Be its second against Georgia State
Tweet of the week
Practice intensity is growing by the day, and that is crucial. The more important aspect is performance-We will play well this week!
Jeff Schultz predicts
The Panthers won’t have a lot of opportunities to win a game, but this could be one. Curry seems to be trying anything to swing the mojo, even donning electric sunglasses for a GSU marketing music video, “Sunglasses at Night.” Actually, that would be a cool halftime show if the Panthers are looking for an attendance bump. Prediction: State loses. (No official line.)
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