Three storylines for Georgia State’s game at William and Mary on Saturday in Williamsburg, Va.
1. Can Georgia State’s offense find a spark? After another lackluster showing in last week’s 35-14 loss to Richmond, coach Bill Curry reopened the quarterback competition between Ben McLane, who started the first four games, and Ronnie Bell. The offense has averaged 297 yards and 11.8 points per game. But the quarterbacks, who haven’t been as accurate as expected, aren’t entirely to blame. The offensive line had pass-blocking issues early, and the wide receivers have had trouble with consistency. Expect both quarterbacks to get playing time as offensive coordinator John Bond looks for someone who can the offense’s luck around.
2. Can the defense rebound? After giving up 28 points in the first half of last week’s loss, the Panthers allowed one more touchdown for the best two-quarter stretch they’ve had this season. But like the offense, the defense failed to make plays when possible. An interception was dropped that likely would have resulted in a touchdown. A fifth down was given when a player lined up offside on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
3. If not now, when? If the Panthers can’t beat the Tribe, whose 0-4 record doesn’t reflect the closeness of their losses, the rest of the schedule doesn’t offer many opportunities for a victory. The remaining teams are a combined 13-9, including winless Rhode Island, but the Panthers will play that game in Kingston, R.I.
A win for Georgia State would …
Be its first of the season and first in the Colonial Athletic Association.
A win for William and Mary would …
Be its first of the season.
Tweet of the week
Despite the adversity we are facing this season we still have a lot of football left #GSUfootball
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Jeff Schultz predicts
Both teams are 0-4. So coach Bill Curry’s comment, “I think it’s clear that both teams will be hungry for a win,” seems, well, appropriate. The Panthers held Richmond to seven points in the second half last week. A moral victory. But quarterback play and the offense are still issues, so I can’t push the button on a road win. Prediction: Panthers lose.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu