Breaking down Georgia State vs. Villanova

Breaking down Georgia State’s homecoming game against Villanova. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. and can be heard on AM1160.

Three storylines

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.

A win for Georgia State would …

Be its second of the season.

A win for Villanova would …

Give coach Andy Talley his 117th in the CAA. He’s the all-time conference leader.

Tweet of the week

Proud of my #GSUFootball keep climbing that latter, don’t be afraid to reach for the top

Christos ‏@montechristo96

Former GSU player Christo Bilukidi

Jeff Schultz predicts

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

20 comments Add your comment

Passion of the panther

October 19th, 2012
10:49 am

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Homecoming Weekend at GSU

October 19th, 2012
10:50 am

Friday, October 19 – Good Morning Commuters – Unity Plaza
Hey commuters, in case you haven’t noticed – and judging by the attendance you haven’t – GSU has a football. Join us in Unity Plaza for food, fun, and shenanigans with Coach Curry and the Mighty Panther band. Free blue sunglasses for all.

Friday, October 19 – Homecoming concert – DeRay Davis
Join us for a night of hilarious laughs with one of the stars of Barbershop 1 & 2, funny man DeRay Davis. This spectacular night is sure to have ‘em scurrying in from the suburbs for this comedy gold.

Saturday, October 20 – Homecoming Brunch
Join President Mark Becker and Lady Voisinet for a brunch to celebrate homecoming. Located in the former SunTrust building, the homecoming brunch is sure to be a highlight of the day’s festivities. AD Cheryl Levick will be on hand with whiteboard in tow to discuss “strategry” and how the Panthers will soon join the upper echelon of football elite. With a major media market, ample revenue from student fees, and a concentration of GSU alumni, how could you not?

The Main Event – Feline Foray
Our Mighty Panthers take on the Wildcats of Villanova. GSU students in attendance (all 100 of them) will receive an autographed photo of legendary coach Bill Curry.

Panther Nation – It’s on like donkey kong.

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

October 19th, 2012
10:59 am

I think we shock Nova tomorrow! GO PANTHERS!

STATEment

October 19th, 2012
12:03 pm

For some reason I have a good feeling about this game…typically when I have a good feeling about a GSU athletics team, they lose.

Chicken Bone

October 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

Doug, What the………. “Georgia State’s offense didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this season last week against William and Mary.” ?????????????

Doug Roberson

October 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

A silly mistake that has been corrected

Fire Midget

October 19th, 2012
1:18 pm

“Georgia State has the worst rush defense in the conference, allowing more than 212 yards per game”

Chicken Bone

October 19th, 2012
1:25 pm

Sounds like with all of our defensive injuries our offense better play as much ball control as possible. Slow it down and use Donald Russell strategically? Hum, whoever is calling the plays you better think on this one thoroughly or watch our defense get gassed and blown off the field. Could be a long day! GO GSU PANTHERS!

GSU alumni

October 19th, 2012
2:46 pm

We expect a strong turn out tomorrow.

Can not wait to see us defeating Nova!!!

Go State !! Panther is #1.

urinal and constipation reader

October 19th, 2012
3:44 pm

Strong turn out?? doubtful
a win tomorrow..pfft – aint gonna happen

But good luck anyways… a second win this season will have the GSU roosters crowing like old times!

Go Panthers!!

October 19th, 2012
5:18 pm

I believe that things average out over time.

A 2-9 team is now 5-2? One, if not both is an aberration.

Just like us breaking through after going 0-6, this seems like a good time for another correction.

GSU stuns the CAA tomorrow.

24-21 Panthers.

Chicken Bone

October 19th, 2012
7:05 pm

Roost this Urinal Idiot! You’re a pathetic watcher that never stepped on a football field. Good luck with your blogging……………………….

Pennsylvania CAA fan

October 19th, 2012
7:27 pm

Keystone state rolls to victory…..

Chicken Bone

October 19th, 2012
8:16 pm

Hey Penn CAA fan, good luck tomorrow because ya’ll will still be FCS next year! lol

Chick Donovan

October 19th, 2012
10:17 pm

Go Panthers! Beat those goober-squeezers from Villanova!

zgoldatl

October 20th, 2012
9:15 am

Beat those damn yankees

hans kershaw

October 20th, 2012
9:19 am

I predict GSU shocks the CAA today.
GSU 28
Nova 17

FBS Envy

October 20th, 2012
11:58 am

Down in Statesboro, somebody must have told us to get our stuff in order and get ready to join an FBS conference. Nevermind that App State has been FBS ready for years and haven’t gotten an invite. Liberty went as far as to hold a press conference. Guess somebody told them to get its business in order as well. Guess we’re not special afterall.

@Urinal and Constipation Reader – Obsessed much?

Panther Pauline

October 20th, 2012
1:05 pm

Now let me get this straight. Is the Ga State football team playing the ‘Nova basketball team?? And will this be a football or basketball game? Go Panthers anyway

Paddy

October 21st, 2012
4:58 pm