Georgia State’s football team is 0-5 this season as it prepares to host New Hampshire on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
UNH is 3-2, 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. It averages 36.6 points per game with a rushing offense that’s averaging 244.8 yards per game.
That average doesn’t bode well for the Panthers’ defense, which is giving up more than 200 rushing yards per game.
Here’s what New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell had to say about Georgia State:
“You watch them on tape and see a lot of good things and see them making plays. And then you see there’s always something that comes up – a fumble or interception – and that mistake costs them.
“Impressed by both their quarterbacks. Their both redshirt freshmen who can and throw
“[Donald] Russell is a physical, punishing running back.
“Defensively, their nose guard is a big son of a gun, he might be the biggest guy in the league and he leads them in tackles.
“Playing a freshman linebacker Joe Peterson who is tough.”
Some of you have wondered if Georgia State is the worst team in FCS.
Of course, there’s no way to know that. The Panthers are having issues. Luckily for them, there’s another team that’s also having issues, and the Panthers play them next week: Rhode Island.
The Rams are averaging fewer points than the Panthers, fewer rushing yards per game (by almost 50) and the defenses are statistically similar.
But here’s where Georgia State would ranks in the FCS, if its stats counted. Because of the transition to the FBS, Georgia State’s stats won’t found on the NCAA site. This is where they would be, if they did count:
Total offense: 287.6
FCS rank: 102
Total defense: 459.8
FCS rank: 102
Scoring offense: 10
FCS rank: 119
Scoring defense: 38.4
FCS rank: 107
Rushing offense: 104.6
FCS rank: 100
Rushing defense: 210.6
FCS rank: 96
Passing offense: 183
FCS rank: 82
3rd down conversion: 35
FCS rank: 84
Opp. 3rd down conversion: 52
FCS rank: 113
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu