So I can get Georgia State and 42½ vs. Alabama? Hmm…

Are you really going to pull for this guy ...

Are you really going to pull for this guy . . .

. . . instead of this guy?

. . . instead of this guy? I don't think so.

It’s understandable if Georgia and Georgia Tech fans are biy down (angry) these days about the fortunes of their teams. So I’m going to suggest a nice little diversion for you this week, a matchup surely to unify the masses: Bill Curry vs. Nick Saban.

I mean, come on. Do you really have to think about this?

Curry goes back to Tuscaloosa, where he once had a brick thrown through his office window, Thursday night when his Georgia State Panthers visit Saban and Alabama. It’s believed to be the first time a first-year program has played a defending national champion.

So I had to ask: What are the odds?

Since Las Vegas sportsbooks don’t post official point spreads on games involving Division 1-AA (FCS) teams, I checked with my man, Todd Fuhrmann, of the Caesars Palace sportsbook to set an artificial line. His number: 42½ points. While Caesars won’t take accept wagers, some online sportsbooks will post odds in the next day or so and the line figures to be similar.

So 42½, eh? Saban figures to pull his starters at some point because the Tide just played Saturday. He’ll want them rested for the Auburn game next week. So the line’s a little tempting.

Here’s Fuhrmann’s lopsided analysis: “I look for Nick Saban to take his foot off the gas late and use a very vanilla offense in preparation for the Iron Bowl. The biggest question for Georgia State backers is will the clock run out before Bama has a chance to roll up nearly 450 rushing yards against the Panthers’ smaller defensive front. There’s about a 30-pound [per player] difference up front so [Mark] Ingram and [Trent] Richardson will be running down hill.”

Party pooper.

Seriously, though: I’ll have a column on Curry posted later today. He was pretty revealing the other day when we spoke about how much he’s changed as a person since his obsessed coaching days at Alabama and Kentucky, and the sobering moments with his family that brought it all home.

Until then, what do you think: Is 42½ points enough?

At the very least, can I assume most folks will adopt State as their team for one night?

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Poor GSU

November 16th, 2010
6:06 am

I hope GSU fights tough. Good Luck.

Poor GSU

November 16th, 2010
6:09 am

Jeff, I would take Bama in your hypothetical wager even though Saban, love him or hate him, isn’t one to humiliate his opponents by running up the score.


November 16th, 2010
6:16 am

I’d pay to hear a Bill Curry speech. The guy has wisdom spewing out with every breath.

Very classy guy.

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Beast from the East

November 16th, 2010
6:42 am

42 1/2 is enough. Saban won’t be looking to run the score up on them.

Herschel Talker

November 16th, 2010
6:43 am


Early AM

November 16th, 2010
6:43 am

Bama wins by no more than 30. Unless, ofcourse the third and fourth teams can roll up the score.

Alot of running plays, alot of clock movement.


November 16th, 2010
6:49 am

Betting college sports is a sucker’s play!!! Go anybody not in the D-1 cartel!!!


November 16th, 2010
6:55 am

Hell Yea Ill take 42 1/2 GSU wont give up till the final gun you can be sure of that


November 16th, 2010
6:55 am

Oh yeah, playing Ga. State before playing Auburn is best of all worlds. I know three kids who will be going over to see State and these kids are not scrubs…


November 16th, 2010
7:04 am

Go Georgia State. The purest football program in Georgia. If UGA had half the desire and discipline that Ga. State has, they might be playing in the SECCG. But Mark Richt will never have that kind of team at UGA.


November 16th, 2010
7:24 am

@Herschel Talker …you keep posting the same thing who would you hire? Better yet why don’t you go apply for the job if you think you are so smart……………….

Vain Jangling

November 16th, 2010
7:32 am

I’m predicting a huge upset. We’re talking Biblical proportions. Mark it down. It’s gold. Kennesaw State WILL beat Ga. Tech. . . Wait . . . What? . . . That was last night? Well, nevermind then.


November 16th, 2010
7:34 am

Saban will get about a 28 point lead and then the scout team will come in. I’ll take state and the 42 1/2.

And I’d take Curry over Richt at this point.

Tripple lindy

November 16th, 2010
7:34 am

Don’t get hurt!

Charlie Dalton

November 16th, 2010
7:40 am

Is the game being televised locally?


November 16th, 2010
7:47 am

Wow, It seems so long since you or Mark Bradley wrote something that was not “tabloid” material.

Kell Sparks

November 16th, 2010
7:48 am

The GSU football program could have done no better than hiring Coach Curry. His integrity and hard work will bring this program to a high level quickly. Go Panthers! Beat Bama!!!


November 16th, 2010
8:09 am

Saban doesn’t run up the score. Ask if he went for two up by 4 scores late in the game against Auburn a few years back. Or maybe if he was throwing in the end zone at the end of the game to make it 36-0. He certainly will run up the score when he wants to.

Granted – if he does it in this game – one of the most disgusting mismatches since David vs. Goliath (wait…) he should be flogged.

Go Panthers!!!

November 16th, 2010
8:19 am

I don’t see us even beating their third string players.

Unfrotunately, we have not been able to stop ANYONE’S rushing game all season.

Forget Ingram and Richardson. Their third guy will still post up 150 yards on us.

And God love Drew Little. He’s awesome. And thankfully so, because there is no running game behind him.

It’s going to be a tough assignemtn for him though, as Alabama will never have to blitz and can play pass defense all day long.

42.5 points? Hell, I’d be happy with that.

David from GSU

November 16th, 2010
8:27 am

56-0 Alabama, Would love for GSU to have a good showing, but they won’t be able to score, or keep Alabama out of the endzone.


November 16th, 2010
8:32 am

The game opened at 57.5 and is now at 54 on a couple online sties.


November 16th, 2010
8:39 am

If this was Urban Meyer, he would have his QB in the shotgun throwing in the 4th quarter. Any all of sports writers would say, “that is ok, he is doing it for Tebow”.

If this was Auburn, the coach would be pumping his fist in excitement at his goons as they hit the QB late in the 4th quarter.

If this was Auburn playing, they would play Cam as much as possible in order to get the most yards for their money.


November 16th, 2010
8:40 am

This is a good contrast (and I stress CONTRAST) of Saban against a classy Curry.


November 16th, 2010
8:45 am


Check out a guy named Milton Gilley … the owner of Macon County Greyhound … an Auburn grad. Very wealthy … $1 million donation to Auburn in 2008 … invested $16 million in Bobby Lowders bank before it went under.

He and 10 other people were arrested by the FBI on 10/4/2010 in a massive bribing scandal in Alabama. This is the connection to Cam Newton (and perhaps other Auburn players) who were being paid to play at Auburn. Bye, bye Auburn.

Run with it dude … this it it!!!


November 16th, 2010
8:50 am

Tell your friend at Caesar’s to do some more research. No Julio Jones, No Trent Richardson (didn’t play vs. Miss. State and won’t play Thursday), No Barrett Jones.

Saban has no interest in running the score up late and I actually expect the Panthers to score a few late against the 2s and 3s of Alabama.

I’ll be there, will you? Go Panthers!


November 16th, 2010
8:52 am

You’re insane to even write such a article.

Vinegar Foot

November 16th, 2010
9:05 am

GSU will not score a point! Not one. Not a safety, not a feild goal, not a interception return for score, Nothing. Zero, Nada, Nein, Nyet. It will be GSU bagel – Alabammy 50+. It will be like the Philadelphia Eagles playing Washington Deadskins, only more so. 60 minutes of one sided football. That said – GO GSU!!!!!!!!!!


November 16th, 2010
9:07 am

@ Charlie Dalton: Yes, the game will be on ESPNU with the Gameday crew calling it. Thursday night at 7:30.

Lane Kiffin

November 16th, 2010
9:10 am

As long as Nick Satan remains at Alabama, I’m not the most hated coach in the history of the SEC.


November 16th, 2010
9:11 am

Like everything in life, just do the best you can do and see what happens.

Remember the rabbit and turtle story? most people would tell you the rabbit fall sleep and the turtle wins. But in real life, it’s the turtle that falls sleep while the rabbit put in the best effort.


November 16th, 2010
9:12 am

Just give GSU the money….this game at this point in the season is a joke. Kudos and Kahuna’s for GSU to schedule and get needed $$ but come on. Alabama should be ashamed.

Oh ya, UGA is going to the B I R M I N G H A M B O W L


"Da Real" Damon Evans

November 16th, 2010
9:12 am

time for you hacks to write a blog about the great michael vick. best quarterback in the NFL.

ARthur Blank just got lucky with home depot.


November 16th, 2010
9:29 am

Jeff, once again you don’t know what you are talking about. That brick you refer to going thru Curry’s window, never happened. They found it couldn’t physically be done. His office was too high. He made up death threats at KY too. The problem was his Ky team stunk up the place.
He makes things up to divert attention from his poor coaching.
The Ga people were right about him the whole time.


November 16th, 2010
9:36 am

You smart people do realize that schedule he had amounted to a high school schedule? He will stab you in the back too.


November 16th, 2010
9:51 am

“… where he once allegedly had a brick thrown through his office window…”



November 16th, 2010
9:51 am

Go, Panthers. I don’t think I would take the bet. Give me Alabama and you can have the points. Score should be about 63-6.
I can remember when players played sixty minutes and Bear won with small and fast players. And so did Dodd. Bring back one patoon and limited substitutions. Syracuse won a national championship back then also.

Cam Newton

November 16th, 2010
10:00 am

Me and Daddy not only deny the allegations , we deny the alligator.


November 16th, 2010
10:02 am

David, you must be a bitter bug fan from North Ave! Please try to do some homework before you make any more idiotic statements. GSU is a FIRST YEAR PROGRAM at the FCS level and their schedule has been a perfect balance of easy games, competitive (but winnable) games and a game like Bama to bring in money and exposure to a new program. So please stop trolling every story that has anything to do with Coach Curry.


November 16th, 2010
10:08 am

Actually, it’s you who should be ashamed, Buckeye. Until your team learns to beat teams from the SEC, I’d recommend taking your trash talk to a Michigan blog or something like that. What is OSU’s record in bowl games against the SEC again? 0 and… 13, or something like that? Oh, yeah, and one of those is a loss to Georgia.

Flush the Toilet Paper and the Soap Box

November 16th, 2010
10:11 am

Roll Panthers!!

I will say this about this weeks GSU opponent. Our former GSU president, Noah Langdale, was a Bama Lineman in the 60’s. Great man and school president. Also, Bama gave us the opportunity to play them and get some exposure. You know, the Bama alum and individuals associated with the university that I have known were first class people. GSU and Bama are excellent Universities. Thank you for the opportunity!

As a 1983 GSU alum, all we can ask is 100% for 60 minutes. Try to make it respectable. Make all of proud including Dr. Langdale.

Roll Panthers!!!


November 16th, 2010
10:19 am

My on-line betting has Alabama -55 1/2 down from -56 1/2 yesterday…Hmmm

GSU will definitely win....

November 16th, 2010
10:19 am

in two departments:

1) Team That Has More Class & Integrity
2) Coach That Has More Class & Integrity

ooops, make that 3 departments

3) Fans That Have More Class & Integrity

[as far as the score goes, however, GSU will be crushed]


November 16th, 2010
10:23 am

It wasn’t so long ago that Nick Saban and his Bama Boys were humbled by Lousiana Monroe.

Anything can happen. It’s why they play the game.

College Football Rules

November 16th, 2010
10:44 am

Hey DAP 01, take your DAWG colored glasses off and look at your own program before you start talking trash about others. Bulldog nation and class equals 11 arrests and 5 wins. Spare me the hypocritical discourse.
BTW your dogs had 5 personal fouls during the AU game, including a chop block on someones (Fairley’s) knees.

Elvis the Peacock

November 16th, 2010
10:57 am

This is a classic trap game for Alabama. Georgia State 21, Bama 13.


November 16th, 2010
11:02 am


Thank you man. You have been a great source of entertainment the last couple of days. We will be sure to check CBCs head for a 666 AFTER we win.


November 16th, 2010
11:10 am

UAT has rather light schedule but this is beyound EASY.
Wish you would speak out about major powers or would bees and their EXTRA EXTRA … LIGHT out of conference schedule.
Maybe UAT vs UAB would be a suitable subsitutite due to their proximity.


November 16th, 2010
11:17 am

Take the money and run…yeah yeah yeah…


November 16th, 2010
11:22 am

Saban is the kind of guy who would run up the score against a nothing team, Spurrier-style.

I wouldn’t bet on this game to save my life.