Something has to give when Georgia State plays Rhode Island

Something has to give when Georgia State takes on Rhode Island on Saturday.

The winless Panthers and winless Rams are the two worst teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Both have trouble scoring. Both have trouble stopping the other team.

Both have talked up the other this week as if they will be facing Alabama.

“You think you have an idea of how they will look on video, but they don’t look like that,” Georgia State coach Bill Curry said. “They are a CAA team. They run to the ball, hustle, get off blocks, they give effort and are physically tough.”

Rhode Island coach Joe Trainer was just as effusive about the Panthers.

“They have a ton of talent and they’ve gotten better every single week also,” he said. “Thy have two good quarterbacks, talented tailbacks and good offensive and defensive lines. We’ll have to play well to beat them.”

The reality is both teams have struggled all year and have time-shares in Nos. 10 and 11 in most of the conference’s statistical categories.

Of the most important, points scored, Georgia State is 10th with 11.8 points per game. Rhode Island is 11th with 7.6. The next best team, William and Mary, is averaging 21.2 points per game.

The Rams and Panthers swap spots in the second most-important category, points allowed. Rhode Island is 10th with 33.8 points per game. Georgia State is 11th with 39.3 points. The next best team, Old Dominion, is allowing 28.4 points per game.

So it’s hard to figure out how Saturday’s game could turn out.

The defenses would lead one to hope for something similar to ODU’s 64-61 victory over New Hampshire earlier this year.

But the offenses would lead one to long for the days of the 3-2 game between Auburn and Mississippi State a few years ago.

“Both teams are anxious,” Curry said. “It has not been good for us to be anxious. We need game-time to be fun for us.”

Defensive coordinator Anthony Midget said the Rams have good receivers, but if the Panthers can follow the game plan, they should match up well.

Offensive coordinator John Bond said the Rams’ defense will use a lot of four-man fronts with a zone coverage scheme, which is similar to what the Panthers have faced each of the past three weeks. Though the starting quarterback battle between Ben McLane and Ronnie Bell will be a game-time decision, Bond seems confident that the carry-over from the past three games may bring a change in the Panthers’ fortunes.

“It will be a good thing for us,” he said.

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27 comments Add your comment

Maddog

October 13th, 2012
7:23 am

I’m on the edge of my seat on this one. Motivation here is to turn out 1-10. 17-14 Fa State.

slimseville

October 13th, 2012
7:35 am

Let’s get this win Panthers!!

RidgeRunner

October 13th, 2012
7:56 am

May RI be winless tomorrow.

zgoldatl

October 13th, 2012
9:09 am

Let’s get this win boys. Any way to watch the game online?

Caa_fan

October 13th, 2012
9:11 am

Lets go rams

GSUALUM

October 13th, 2012
9:12 am

Nice, now our players are insulting the host state for this weekends game, who is in charge?

Albert Wilson ‏@MrKeepEmFroze
@A_Smith85GSU just asked did Rhode Island have college. ( why are we here Alex? )

zgoldatl

October 13th, 2012
9:18 am

Haha, while I agree it’s comical for An 0-6 Team to smack talk, I can’t say I wouldn’t talk some smack to those yankees. Glad we don’t have to keep traveling to such irrelevant places as Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine etc… Looking forward to keeping it in Dixie starting next year.

Milwaukee's Panther Fan

October 13th, 2012
10:50 am

@GSUALUM give a rest

Milwaukee's Panther Fan

October 13th, 2012
10:50 am

*give it a rest

Chicken Bone

October 13th, 2012
3:33 pm

Okay, so as I said many times in the past two years, give Donald Russell the ball with some lead blocking, fullback, pulling gaurd, etc. and guess what??? We can compete this year and wouldn’t be looking at 3-13 since 2011. Donald Russell is a beast FBS running back and if we had of built this offense around #20, we would probably have won a few more. He keeps the DEFENSE OFF THE FIELD and he opens up the passing game. No brainer CJB. GO PANTHERS!!! Did JOE HAM influence this decision???

Pennsylvania CAA fan

October 13th, 2012
3:48 pm

I’ll be darned– GSU is going to win. Congrats

Panther

October 13th, 2012
4:12 pm

Well, we beat the crap out of them, 41-7, their only score coming late in the fourth in BS time

Chicken Bone

October 13th, 2012
4:12 pm

We thank you Penn CAA fan, for your congrats. Just maybe our OC figured out that he has a few weapons to utilize. Hope you can make it to the Dome to witness his assistant, Joe Hamilton, call plays to take us to victory!

Highly Respected Southern Troll

October 13th, 2012
4:38 pm

Looks like Rhode Island gave – big time. Hopefully, Joe Hamilton will be retained at the end of the year. If not, maybe he’ll end-up back at Georgia Tech.

Chicken Bone

October 13th, 2012
4:46 pm

Thanks, HRST! You should see CJH. He is still cut and if he had one more year of eligiblity, he would win the Heisman. He has the tools to lead a great offense in FBS, NO DOUBT! Did we actually run a shuffle pass today planned? Great job Ben McLane!!!

I like Bill Curry, but...

October 13th, 2012
4:48 pm

FINALLY! Even the blind dog can sniff out a bone on occasion. On a more serious note, good work guys! You are working hard and you are seeing results.

feel the passion fof rabid GSU football fans ...

October 13th, 2012
6:01 pm

… 16 comments. Panther fever catch it!

Milwaukee's Panther Fan

October 13th, 2012
6:57 pm

Commenting on a GSU Blog…jealousy fever…catch it!!!

acm

October 13th, 2012
7:05 pm

We’ll find out next week if Georgia State is that good or Rhode Island that bad when GSU takes on Villanova at home.

Unfortunately, Villanova just trashed ODU @ ODU.

slimseville

October 13th, 2012
7:38 pm

Good job guys! Keep the momentum going!

Jackson

October 13th, 2012
8:49 pm

Donald Russell in Beast Mode today!

feel the passion of the panther

October 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

21 comments … the passion burns in … Milwaukee’s Panther’s bum

FCSfan

October 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

Wow, Clash of the Titans.

GSU Men's BB Fan

October 13th, 2012
10:28 pm

Wait…I’ve been kind of disconnected the past month or so. Why was Hamilton calling the plays? What was up with Bond? Sounds like Hamilton did a good job. I’m hoping someone tells me Bond got fired.

What happened?

Go Panthers!!

October 14th, 2012
12:42 am

ODU

October 14th, 2012
9:29 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. Enjoy your lone win. Its going to be a long season

Ash

October 15th, 2012
11:20 am

If we would use more lead blocking such as a fullback in front of Donald R more often, I think we could mix things up a lot. Ben McLane, gains more confidence each week and is becoming more of a passing threat, and when you mix this passing threat with a combination of a ground threat–LOOK OUT. GSU could use someone “like” a Emmanuel Ogbuehi once in a while as a fullback–when you have someone hauling full steam ahead the size of someone like an Ogbuehi–Or a Bully Williams– ahead of a Donald R, then you begin giving even big schools a headache—or heck, give the ball once in a while to a full back pulling ahead full steam—who says we have to emulate the UGA Bulldogs with a “run the ball two times to the halfback, and then pass on third and long–It’s this kind of thinking in the box play calling that might lead to UGA falling to a different GSU in a few weeks, and to a UGA falling to GSU Panthers in a few years–just saying. I see a light beginning to glimmer at the end of our 2012 tunnel–Go Panthers, thanks Coach Curry for your integrity and leadership, we will miss you–God bless.