LIVE: Georgia State ready to shock Alabama! (Go with it)

Wow. It's even bigger than Campbell's stadium.

Wow. It's even bigger than Campbell's stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Bill Curry has returned to Alabama. Let’s see if they’re any nicer to him now than when he left in 1989.

In a rare (and possibly first) match-up between a first-year program and a defending national champion, Georgia State faces Alabama tonight at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game is being broadcast on sorta-national TV (more on that in a minute).

This will conclude the Panthers’ inaugural season, and the hope is that

I can't believe so many fans are waiting for the Panthers.

I can't believe so many fans are waiting for the Panthers.

they get something out of the experience more than just a quick tour of Tuscaloosa and a $400,000 payoff. All of their limbs would be a good start.

Earlier in the week I spoke to somebody at the Caesars Palace Sportsbook who said the property was not going to offer wagering on the game. But, if it did, the point spread probably would have opened at 42½ points.

Turns out that may have been an understatement.

I heard this guy is really good. Still looking for Jenny.

I heard this guy is really good. Still looking for Jenny.

One online service, Sportsbook.com, is offering 57½ points. Honestly, I’m can’t remember seeing a line that high before, although I’m sure they’ve existed.  So basically, even if the Panthers get shut out tonight, you’re wagering that they can hold Alabama to eight touchdowns.

Tempted? Why not? The Tide played just four days ago. More importantly, they face rival and undefeated Auburn next week in this same stadium. It doesn’t figure coach Nick Saban will want to keep his starters in this game

Blah, blah, blah. State's just getting started!

Blah, blah, blah. State's just getting started!

for too long, nor is he out to humiliate Curry or the Panthers. He’d rather take his anger out for this season’s two losses on Auburn.

OK, about watching this game. If you have ESPNU, you’re set. I know Comcast offers the channel with its digital package, as does DirecTV. But that’s it. You can find the game elsewhere — I’m sure several sports bars will carry it, and I’m told they’ll be showing it at the student center at Georgia State. Otherwise, your best option is to listen to it on the Georgia

It's pregame, and Bill Curry has his game face on.

It's pregame, and Bill Curry has his game face on.

State radio network (WMLB-AM 1690 and WRAS-FM 88.5).

I will be blogging throughout the game here. So feel free to check in for updates, post comments and ask any questions that you like.

For what it’s worth, I circled the stadium twice when I first got here and I couldn’t find any Georgia State fans. But I’ve been told there probably will be a few thousand here. (I’m sure it would’ve been more if this game was being held on a Saturday.)

For what it’s worth, Curry is 2-4 lifetime against the school he once coached. He brought Georgia Tech to Alabama was 30 years ago. The Jackets lost 26-3. The following season, in 1981,  Tech stunned Alabama to open its season 24-21. It turned out to be the Jackets’ only win that season — that went over real in Tuscaloosa.

The last time Curry faced Alabama was in 1996, his final season with Kentucky, when the Tide won 35-7.

I’m pretty sure Georgia State would accept anything close. A win, of course, would lead to campus-wide hyperventilation. But that’s not the way to bet.

Unless, of course, if you’re getting 57½.

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So I can get Georgia State and 42 1/2 vs. Alabama? Hmmm

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451 comments Add your comment

Glory Glory

November 18th, 2010
5:43 pm

UGA is behind you Georgia State!!!!

Schultz….. you are still employed??

NEXT #14

November 18th, 2010
5:48 pm

DID YOU GET THERE EARLY ENOUGH TO GETCHA’ SOME DREAMLAND RIB’S JEFF??!!!

English

November 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

This is so great. Good job CBC and Panthers. Make us proud.

Glory Glory

November 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

The State of Georgia top 25……

1. UGA
2. UGA’s Scout Team
3. Georgia Southern
4. Kennesaw State Basketball
5. Camden County
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Isaiah Crowell
8. Jason Heyward
9. Valdosta State
10. North Gwinnett
11. Big Ben’s Tires Flag Football Team
12. Berkmar
13. Georgia State
14. Milton Basketball
15. Dante Bichette Jr.
16. Paul Johnson’s Right Manboob
17. Cairo Syrupmakers
18. AJC’s softball team.
19. Grady High School
20. North Georgia Military college
21. Berry
22. Agnus Scott Powder Puff
23. Paul Johson’s Left Manboob
24. Buck Belue
25. Lincoln County

Others Receiving Votes: Chatahoochee, Southern Poly, Clarke Central, Phoenix College, Central Michigan, Joe Schad

NOT Receiving Votes: Parkview, Cam Newton, Savannah State, Georgia Tech

Sonny Clusters

November 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

We was always a fan of Bill Curry and we wish him and his team a lot of luck against that other team. Bill Curry knows where the sprinkler heads are in that stadium and that will come into play tonight along with a quick kick and some third down punting and maybe some more Georgia Tech tricks Curry learned from Bobby Dodd. We hope we can find the game on television somewhere – not sure if we get ESPNU or whatever that is. May have to go watch the game at Stinky Wintes’ place.

JD

November 18th, 2010
6:03 pm

GSU – 6 and 4 with NO ARRESTS!

Glory Glory

November 18th, 2010
6:03 pm

Nostradamus says……

in 2023, UGA will replace the Thanksgiving “rivalry” (60-39-5, 8-1) against Georgoa Tech with Georgia State.

Georgia Tech will then accept a $7 Million dollar payout for agreeing to play at Alabama.

Georgia Tech will then use the #7 Million to buy out Paul Hewitt’s contract, and enter the “rebuilding era” of GT Basketball.

Bill O'Reilly

November 18th, 2010
6:04 pm

I wonder if Crowell will be watching tonight?

Roll Tide

Glory Glory

November 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

JD…… living in dorms at either Georgia State or Georgia Tech, one is too affraid to leave after dark, reducing chances of arrest by 99.9%.

However, there always is the .1%…. just ask Robert Hall at GT when he gets home and his dinner isn’t hot…….

Ted Striker

November 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

I’d be tempted to place a bet if someone were willing to give me action in tonight’s unofficial odds. Then again, I once bet on raindrops rolling down a car window.

Tonight: Go Panthers (do us proud; don’t get hurt).

Iron Bowl: Roll Tide. Eviscerate UGA’s country cousins.

Bill O'Reilly

November 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

It’s only a matter of time before another th*g from UGA is arrested

Fungus Toes

November 18th, 2010
6:12 pm

I would take ga state +7.5 against ga tech.

Bill O'Reilly

November 18th, 2010
6:13 pm

Fungus Toes

November 18th, 2010
6:12 pm
I would take ga state +7.5 against ga tech.

LMAO

Diane

November 18th, 2010
6:13 pm

The marching band buses got a police escort and hundreds of cheering fans to welcome them! GO BAND!!

spider

November 18th, 2010
6:13 pm

GOOD LUCK PANTHERS, give it all you got

Jeff Schultz

November 18th, 2010
6:16 pm

Glory Glory — Yeah, I’m still employed. How ’bout you? Heard you got a new spatula this week.

Jeff Schultz

November 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

Next #14 — No ribs this trip. Had ‘em many times before though. Ain’t nothing like ‘em nowhere (to coin a phrase).

English

November 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

I’m loving the pictures Schultz. Keep us posted.

Go State!

Jeff Schultz

November 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

Sonny — Say hi to Stinky for me.

spider

November 18th, 2010
6:18 pm

jeff do you know if glory glory’s mother had any kids who lived??

spider

November 18th, 2010
6:19 pm

i also love the pictures jeff wished i could have gone to the game, go panthers

5150 P.O.A.D

November 18th, 2010
6:19 pm

Jeff
I hope you eat better on the road this time. Why didn’t you get somebody to get by DREAMLAND for you if you couldn’t go yourself? What you don’t DIG ON SWINE? Arnoald was MFing charming pig. Go ahead and get me PROPS for the first Movie reference of the night! I would love GSU to come out doing the Remember the Titans Chant and dance.

MB

November 18th, 2010
6:20 pm

Not quite sure what to say. Really, they’re playing Alabama!

5150 P.O.A.D

November 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

glory whorey
How is a person DEEMED underage? Either a person is of Legal drinking Age or not. Like a person is in the country Legally or not. It is like a LIL Pregnant right?

F. Sinkwich

November 18th, 2010
6:23 pm

Best to you GS !!

Those kids will have a great time regardless of the score. I’m very happy for them.

Good job finding the “Gump” jersey, Jeff. He’s always been my favorite Alabama player. He could run!

Jeff Schultz

November 18th, 2010
6:23 pm

Thanks English. Still no score.

Bill O'Reilly

November 18th, 2010
6:23 pm

5150 P.O.A.D
Where have you been hiding at? It is real nice to see you are still alive after the last debate we had.

Glory Glory

November 18th, 2010
6:23 pm

Jeff,

Have you ever considered getting a job in an area where you actually care about the sports and do not have to try and be the bully in order to get blog hits??

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 18th, 2010
6:24 pm

pick’s bumped this quick, how bizaar, how bizaar? Get that out your head Jeff!

JSS

November 18th, 2010
6:25 pm

Too bad Dreamland may not dietary restrictions. Did you take a translator along to be understand Tuscaloosanites and other Alabama residents?

spider

November 18th, 2010
6:25 pm

wow SAM CRENSHAW live on the 6 pm new live from the stadium jeff

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

Tuscaloosa BTW is Indian for duct tape.

Glory Glory

November 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

POAD hides for days after Tech loses football games. Throw in the embarrassment to Kennesaw State and he hides deeper into his mother’s basement.

Soon he will start talking about his “daddy”, and games in the 80’s to make you think he is a classy older gentleman.

He doesn’t foolanybody though. After his bees lose to Duke this weekend, and then get run out of Athens after 3 quarters of football, it will be a VERY peaceful winter/spring/summer without POAD.

Falcon Jim

November 18th, 2010
6:28 pm

Glory Glory,

Silly you. Berry doesn’t play football. Never has. Never will. That’s in Martha’s Will.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 18th, 2010
6:28 pm

Glory
Jeff has a child at UGA. He writes to get people RANTING AND RAVING. It is fun.
How is a child DEEMED underage? If they are underage then they are like an Illegal is an Illegal. Either you are or you are not.

Class of 80

November 18th, 2010
6:30 pm

Hang on ! ! !

Panthers……….28

Elephants……..24

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JSS

November 18th, 2010
6:32 pm

Somebody buy “Bore Me, Bore Me” a Shecky Green joke book… I rarely say this, but your stuff is as old and stale as food in a 1950’s Fallout shelter!

Class of 80

November 18th, 2010
6:34 pm

JSS…………………boring.

spider

November 18th, 2010
6:35 pm

glory glory is on his way to a shareholders meeting at the mcdonalds on MLK drive.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 18th, 2010
6:36 pm

JSS
you don’t have to speal Bamainan(?) to say Rack-o-Ribs and bread. AHHAHAHA
Bill
I have not been hiding I have been working some. Trying to get more jobs.
Glory
I guess you have not read ALL my posts. I am a NGC and Kennesaw State Grad. I hate that Tech lost but I am proud KSU won. I am Happy KSU is trying football too. I might move some money to KSU for football now.
I am in my 40’s and my parents are in their l;ate 60’s. Mom had her last Chemo treatment Tuesday. Thanks for caring.
Mark Bradley was nice enought to give me all his Press stuff and the Program from the first GSU game. I love what Mark and Jeff do. If you have a problem with them then why do you read and post?

Class of 80

November 18th, 2010
6:39 pm

I remember being at GSU in 79 – 80 (?).

They were trying to elevate the athletic program with a $25 additional student activity fee.
The little liberal hippie girls were running around with jock-straps on their heads with signs, “I’m not an athletic supporter.” What twits. What tnuc’s. What girls you didn’t want to meet (or meat.)

5150 P.O.A.D

November 18th, 2010
6:40 pm

First rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. The First Rule of SEC Recruiting is you don’t talk about SEC Recruiting.

bbatl

November 18th, 2010
6:41 pm

GO GSU–we are proud of you! Recede the tide!

5150 P.O.A.D

November 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

G STATE 17
BAMA 52

JSS

November 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

@ Spider…
Why do you have to curse MLK Drive like that?

@ Imaginary Class of 80…
Don’t start none, there won’t be none! Take that advice seriously…

Class of 80

November 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

GSU………………….82

Tide………………….13
.

Bill O'Reilly

November 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

5150 P.O.A.D

I bet you can tell me 180,000 reason why not to talk about SEC Recruiting

Class of 80

November 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

GO Georgia State Panthers ! ! ! ! ! !

Class of 80

November 18th, 2010
6:46 pm

JSS………………HUH? WHAT? DUH?

(I’m NOT imaginary.)