Georgia State football will play at Alabama and West Virginia next year and Oregon in 2015

Elephants. Mountaineers. Ducks. Falcons.

Georgia State’s football team is jumping into its FBS era with both feet.

The Panthers, who will  be led by a new coach, will play at Alabama and West Virginia, two teams that could play for the national championship this year, in 2013. Those opponents, combined with joining the Sun Belt Conference next year, will be the toughest schedule the Panthers have played in their short history.

Georgia State will play in Morgantown, West Va. in its first game against a Big 12 team on Sept. 14 and at Alabama on Oct. 5. The Panthers will receive $550,000 for the game against the Mountaineers and $700,000 for the game against Tide. It will be the second time Georgia State has played at Alabama. They were beaten 63-7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2010.

Those  aren’t the only challenging games the Panthers have scheduled. They will play at Oregon, which has become a perennial national power, in 2015. They will receive $900,000 for the game. In between, the Panthers will host Air Force in 2014 and then finish the home-and-home series in Colorado Springs in 2016.

Rounding out the non-conference portion of the 2013 schedule, Georgia State will host host Chattanooga on Sept. 7 and Jacksonville State on Sept. 21. The Panthers have played the Gamecocks twice, losing in 2010 and 2011.  Georgia State hasn’t played the Moccasins. The Sun Belt schedule will be released early in 2013. The non-conference schedule dictates that the Panthers’ season-opener will be against a Sun Belt team.

The games against Chattanooga and Jacksonville State, which should bring more fans than the Colonial Athletic Association teams on this year’s schedule, should help improve Georgia State’s home attendance.

The NCAA mandates that FBS teams have an average home attendance of at least 15,000 once in a sliding two-year window. Georgia State is playing an FCS schedule as it continues the first year of its two-year transition to FBS, but its two-year window began this year. Failure to meet that minimum this season or the next could result in a 10-year probation for the school. Failure to meet the attendance minimum within that probationary period could result in a bowl ban. Georgia State is averaging 12,356 fans this year.

2013 schedule

9/7 vs. Chattanooga

9/14 at West Virginia

9/21 vs. Jacksonville State

10/5 at Alabama

2014 schedule

vs. Air Force

2015 schedule

at Oregon

2016 schedule

at Air Force

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– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

107 comments Add your comment

J-GSU

October 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

Does UTSA this year count?

Jee S. You

October 10th, 2012
5:27 pm

UTSA is transitional FBS, just like us.

GT Fan

October 10th, 2012
5:42 pm

West Virginia may hang 250 points on GSU. Holy smokes. Will be a bloodbath.

J-GSU

October 10th, 2012
6:15 pm

Wow… No messing around there. Impressive… Are the rumors of opening at home against a Sun Belt team next year still true?

GSU-Alum

October 10th, 2012
6:22 pm

My Daughter goes to Alabama and is excited to see GSU play them next year because she knows that was my undergrad school. She said that there is a little bit of tongue-in-cheek respect for GSU at Bama because of those 7 points GSU scored against Bama the first time they played them. That’s more than some SEC teams have done. Hope they will be as fortunate this time around also.

[...] State Panthers have added Air Force and West Virginia to their future football schedules, the AJC has reported.Georgia State will travel to face West Virginia at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown on [...]

Serious statement from arrow guy. ----->

October 10th, 2012
6:35 pm

This is in all seriousness. All arrows, one liners, zany sarcasm aside. I like to get on here and give it to you guys. Not because I have any connection to GaSt, but because your initial attitude. But all that aside, I am really concerned about this WVA game. Seriously. They may hang a hundie on this team, as presently stated. And someone may get hurt. Please Panthers, be careful. The St Francis jokes and the attendence jokes and the “you guys are pathetic and seriously would jump out of a building if you knew what people really thought of your athletics if you could comprehend what’s bing said while your heads are buried up your own backside” jokes…all that’s one thing. But this is another. Sorry to hear about this. May God have mercy on this program. The End.

This tough stretch may seriously dampen GSU's chances at a bowl bid.

October 10th, 2012
6:38 pm

<————————- Good one, right?

Panther

October 10th, 2012
6:49 pm

Wow this sucks. We might not win a game next year

Truth

October 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

We’ll worry about the Mountaineers and we’ll let you worry about the Catamounts. It’s called staying in your lane.

spider

October 10th, 2012
7:18 pm

are you freakin kidding me, that AD has her head stuck way up her you know what. we cant compete against div 11, she may be good looking but that lady is nuts.

gsu4life

October 10th, 2012
7:26 pm

This is horrible! I understand trying to create some excitement for the program again but we are going to lose by such huge margins that no one will come to any of the games ever again. We are really stretching here. Let’s show some consistency before we schedule the best teams in the country. It’s time to fire everyone involved.

Maddog

October 10th, 2012
7:26 pm

The athletic dept could care less about the health of this team or the growth. Strictly concerned about the money coming in since attendance has been suffering. Will still suffer from the 0-11 next year. RECRUITING decent players will not happen without some history/hope of wins. Is there any way they could play all there games away, this way they could keep the program afloat. Is there any word yet about the next coach? Definitely need a Tom O’Brian type.

Truth

October 10th, 2012
7:26 pm

Good looking?

Truth

October 10th, 2012
7:31 pm

Actually, we may go 0-12. This is par for the course with regard to scheduling big-time opponents: See UTSA & USA. With a new coaching staff, at least it appears that there are two games we can compete in.

We are F*cked-------------->

October 10th, 2012
7:34 pm

Maddog

October 10th, 2012
7:42 pm

Does Savannah State get respect for scheduling and playing teams that thoroughly demolish them? Similar situation here, just different conference. We need to purchase…ummmm get some 4 and 5-star athletes quickly. Lol

Maddog

October 10th, 2012
7:45 pm

Doug, seriously what are your thoughts? Makes for some interesting articles. I know you try to report and support the team/program but this can’t be good for anyone except the Ga State bank account.

EKY Panther

October 10th, 2012
8:15 pm

This all about money. THe AD couldn’t care less about the team or the fans. Air Force, fine, but no way is this program ready for WV, ALA or ORE. This will end up costing money in attendance. We can’t we schedule teams like Kentucky or Wake Forest, even if it is a smaller payday?

panter

October 10th, 2012
8:34 pm

If Ga State does not beat Rhode Island this weekend it is likely that the Panters will be entering the 2014 season on a 23 game losing streak. What a recipe for success to start a program!

RoyKittles

October 10th, 2012
8:36 pm

It’s called creating a buzz. No we will not be able to win those games, bu do you really want to watch this team lose to teams like st Francis. Believe it or not some recruits like going up against the big boys because there is no way the big boys will give them a look.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

Google it fools, every 3rd tier FBS program schedules these games for the cash. If you don’t like it so what. Buy season tickes and call your travel agents. At least you can say you’ve been to these great stadiums. One day we will win one of these games and you haters will be the first on the bus talking smack. The only difference is you’ll have to backpedal from all the BS you said in the beginning.

zgoldatl

October 10th, 2012
8:56 pm

I like the scheduling move. I like the play anyone, anywhere, anytime mentality. I was at Alabama in 2010, Tennessee this year and plan to try to make Alabama and West Virginia next year. We have to play the big teams to get recognition from bigger name recruits. I’m sick of all the complaining on this blog. We are a program in our 3rd year of existence. I think the move to the Sun Belt is a no brainer and I look forward to a few seasons from now when State has turned in to a perineal bowl Team to come back to this blog.. Until then, I’ll be rooting for my team, home and away.

zgoldatl

October 10th, 2012
8:58 pm

Also, I thought it was reported a while back that GSU had games at Florida and UNC set up…What happened to those games?

ELEPHANT SQUASHES (your team's mascot here) EVERYTIME

October 10th, 2012
9:16 pm

As a diehard Alabama fan, I felt obliged to repost what I and numerous other fans have posted on Alabama’s blog. I truly mean no disrespect to the Georgia State student body, their faculty, their football players, and their fans with this post. This went to Al.com about 20 minutes ago:

This is embarrasing. Can we not find a more suitable opponent than this one that is similar to the Savannah State squad that had to play Oklahoma State and Florida State this year? For the record, Georgia State also plays West Virginia that year. Please stop giving the critics the ammunition to criticize our schedule. It is beginning to resemble those Kansas State Wildcat schedules from the 90’s and last decade that was mercilessly critiqued for being soft. We should look for better competition and leave Georgia State to play teams more in line with their level of competition. Heck we are Alabama and we are proud.
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Heck, I’m on-board with all these other posters so far. Play teams within the state of Alabama (UAB, Troy, South Alabama, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State) if you must schedule a cupcake. I know Georgia State allows for recruitment within the state of Georgia (important), but this is such a bad opponent on the field that it begs for all the critics to straight away point to our strength of schedule as basis for not playing for a championship or even deserving a second opportunity if we did happen to lose a game that season. I am embarrassed.

I just can’t see how this is a game worth being involved in from Alabama’s perspective or Georgia State’s perspective ( the $550K does provide incentive). However, we all lose out just as Savannah State lost out this year with that terrible schedule making their AD signed off on. He was roundly criticized for putting the paycheck before the mental and physical health of his players. And Alabama will justfiably be critiqued mercilessly for a cupcake on their high profile schedule. We deserve all that is to come from this. Maybe GSU will keep it close and embarras us for doing this and it would serve us right. Again, I am embarrased and hope tht I did not offend the above mentioned crowd.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
9:26 pm

@Elephant While I appreciate your comments and their presumed validity, at the end of the day if that is really how you feel why doesn’t Alabama just enter itself into the NFL(as the only team from Alabama). Look I get it, Alabama totally outclasses 80% of all other programs in the nation so aren’t you better off just saying why do we play anybody at all and just get awarded the trophy at the beginning of the season? I wouldn’t worry so much how scheduling us looks to others, rather I would worry how not scheduling us looks because you feel we are beneath you.

ELEPHANT SQUASHES (your team's mascot here) EVERYTIME

October 10th, 2012
9:39 pm

Now we know the NFL comment is not realistic, but I truly believe this does not benefit either of our schools at all. If Bama wins big, they were suppose to. If Bama does not win big just like the Georgia Southern game last year, we are bashed even with our other impressive wins. And lo’ and behold, if GSU pulls the upset, then Bama has just started the long descent back to mediocrity at the expense of a up and coming school not to far removed from being an FCS school that wasn’t even a powerhouse at that level. It’s the classic bully syndrome. Also, as pointed out by not just me but other UA bloggers, if Bama feels it necessary to schedule a seemingly gimme win, why don’t they keep that money in-state and play any of the teams listed in the prior post? That would most certainly go a lot further in helping the University System of Alabama than assisting Georgia’s Academic Institutes. It is just shameful that players, fans, and coaches would have to endure the damage to the psyche that the negative comments concerning this game would andwill surely generate.

zgoldatl

October 10th, 2012
9:42 pm

2 Sun Belt teams have beaten SEC teams this season. I appreciate your opinion elephant, but as a GSU fan, I’ll gladly take the exposure and enjoy another trip to Tuscaloosa

zgoldatl

October 10th, 2012
9:46 pm

I think the game serves a purpose for both teams. And I’m not too worried about ”damage to the psyche”. After Bama in ‘10, Houston in ‘11 & Tennessee this year, I think we are prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best

Paul in NH

October 10th, 2012
10:14 pm

GSU can’t compete in the CAA and they are taking on WVU and ALA? Way to make it easy for the new HC.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
10:14 pm

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
10:15 pm

@ Elephant While your point regarding keeping the $ in state is valid I’m sure Ok St, Miss St. Ole, Miss, Nebraska, and Georgia are making the same arguments concerning playing South Alabama in the future. The fact is unlike Basketball, Football is a have and have not environment that until it is diluted enough (talent wise) we will all have to deal with the “cupcake” game situation. I personally think it’s a shame that such disparity exists since if it were not so, imagine how exciting every Saturday might be. Regardless, see you in Tuscaloosa!!

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
10:15 pm

@ Elephant. While your point regarding keeping the $ in state is valid I’m sure Ok St, Miss St. Ole, Miss, Nebraska, and Georgia are making the same arguments concerning playing South Alabama in the future.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
10:16 pm

The fact is unlike Basketball, Football is a have and have not environment that until it is diluted enough (talent wise) we will all have to deal with the “cupcake” game situation.

GSU_2012

October 10th, 2012
10:21 pm

Almost every SEC team is scheduling Sun Belt teams for out of conference, so why would GSU not do this. It is a great recruiting move also. You do not attract recruits to come for to play out of conference games like Wake Forest (no disrespect to that program). It creates excitement for a fan base to watch your team in a big time college football atmosphere. It creates a ton of national exposure for our team. Plus we will get paid over $1 million next year to play these two teams. It is an aggressive move and I like it a lot. I think the athletic department made some poor choices this year, but I do not think that this is one of them.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
10:31 pm

@ Paul in Canada, No one cares what you think. Great having you congrats on the win, but you lost to ODU (a 3rd year team) so your opinion is moot.

GSU freshman

October 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

Yes, it is so exciting to see State playing with potential national champs . It is surely attracting alot of attentions from high school kids.

ELEPHANT SQUASHES (your team's mascot here) EVERYTIME

October 10th, 2012
10:36 pm

Okay GSU bloggers, maybe I am in the minority here. I will let be what I deem as a great injustice to both universities. If you all are content with this set up, far be it from me to upset the apple cart. One last thing, i don’t typically post but I have posted several comments on the UGA blog here on the AJC. This was of course before the Dawg debacle in Carolina. I must say it is nice to get good clean dialogue with a school’s fan base and not have the moronic remarks that tend to come out more times than not on the Dawgs blog. The banter between us with relevancy is nice. Good luck to you all and will look forward to hearing the “trash” talk as the game next year gets closer.

Hairy Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:40 pm

Can’t blame GSU for doing this. If you’re gonna get paid, you might as well play some top teams and get your school noticed.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
11:02 pm

@ Elephant, Thanks for posting, we appreciate the insight from educated fans. While we are young and stupid we are not delusional so it is doubtful that you will hear much “trash takling” from us in the future. We certainly have more sense to encroach upon the institution that is Alabama Football. Good Luck this year.
Roll Tide!

Paul in NH

October 10th, 2012
11:02 pm

Wow – my opinion is moot because UNH lost to ODU??? I will console myself with the blowout in the GA Dome.
Good luck in Orono on November 10th. Wear warm clothes while the Bears blow out GSU in their final CAA game.

Shut Up

October 10th, 2012
11:07 pm

@Paul in Canada. Yes we will lose that game and it will be cold and we will freeze. We will however return and be in the Sunbelt where we will remain cozy and warm and you will continue to envy us and wonder why you ever came on our board. I’m sure if I lived in Canada as you do I would have nothing else better to occupy my time with.

Fats OKelly

October 10th, 2012
11:24 pm

What? Youse guys at Ga State must be gluttons for punishment. I bets Alabama scores a hundred that 100 points, on youse guys . Sounds like a Mad Hatte is in charge at Ga State now. :)

tron

October 10th, 2012
11:37 pm

what about air force? air force is going to triple option all over our chests! Oh my lawd doesn’t southern run the triple option? omg now there is definitely something to debate about with the cow tippers!

GSYou

October 10th, 2012
11:40 pm

@Fatts… yeah you may laugh cause you did not do your math….
$5,000 per point…yeah we’ll take yo money sucka.

tron

October 10th, 2012
11:40 pm

why couldn’t we play auburn instead…

GSYou

October 10th, 2012
11:40 pm

Cry me a river biatch

tron

October 10th, 2012
11:42 pm

they’re f-in awaaaasome

tron

October 10th, 2012
11:42 pm

do i look like timberlake?

acm

October 10th, 2012
11:51 pm

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