Breaking down Georgia State’s homecoming game against Villanova. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. and can be heard on AM1160.
1. Can Georgia State’s offense keep up the momentum? Georgia State’s offense didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this season last week against Rhode Island. Perhaps coincidentally, they scored 41 points and won. Donald Russell set a school record with 201 rushing yards. Ben McLane had his best day with more than 200 passing yards. Villanova, this week’s opponent, will offer a much sterner test. The Wildcats held Old Dominion, the Colonial Athletic Association’s highest scoring team, to 14 points last week. Villanova is allowing just 18.3 points and 341 yards per game.
2. Can the defense stop Villanova’s rushing attack? One of the reasons that Villanova’s defense is solid is because its offense strangles the clock with a rushing attack that averages 258.6 yards per game. The Wildcats control the clock for slightly more than 30 minutes per game, including almost 40 minutes in last week’s 38-14 win over ODU. The key may be controlling quarterback John Robertson, who has totaled more than 750 yards in offense in the past two games, including more than 275 rushing. Georgia State has the worst rush defense in the conference, allowing more than 212 yards per game, and may be without several first- and second-teamers on the line because of injuries.
3. It’s homecoming. Georgia State has promoted homecoming with activities, give-aways and entertainment throughout the week. Free breakfasts have been given to commuter students, a pep rally was held at Atlantic Station, and the golf-cart parade rolled to Hurt Park Thursday morning. Will it make a difference in Saturday’s attendance? The previous two home games were the least attended in the program’s short history.
Be its second of the season.
Give coach Andy Talley his 117th in the CAA. He’s the all-time conference leader.
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Former GSU player Christo Bilukidi
Georgia State is coming off a win, and it’s been a while since anybody could say that. The Panthers had 491 yards in offense and made it through four quarters against Rhode Island without a turnover. But carrying that over this week will be difficult. Villanova is where Georgia State wants to get to, having gone from 2-9 last season to 5-2. The Panthers’ defense will need an answer for freshman quarterback John Robertson, who has thrown or passed for 1,811 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Prediction: Georgia State loses.
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