The Georgia State Panthers (0-6) will travel to Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas Saturday to battle the Texas State Bobcats (3-3). The game will air at 7 p.m. ET on CSS.
This game will feature two teams that are making the transition from the FCS to the FBS. The teams are a combined 0-3 in Sun Belt play.
The Panthers are coming off their first Sun Belt defeat, in which they fell to the Troy Trojans, 35-28, last Saturday, despite leading by seven entering the fourth quarter.
Georgia State is anchored on offense by its quarterback Ronnie Bell and wide receiver Albert Wilson. Bell has thrown for 1,290 yards and nine touchdowns this season, four of which came against Troy. Wilson, meanwhile, is putting up an impressive 2013 campaign and is among the Sun Belt leaders in several statistical categories. He is first in receiving yards per game (111.7) and all-purpose yards per game (197.8) and is third with 5.5 receptions per game.
While Bell and Wilson have been fun to watch, the offense has struggled. The Panthers average just 16.5 points per game.
The defense has not been much better. It has given up nearly 38 points per game.
Texas State is coming off a 21-14 loss to UL-Monroe last Saturday, the team’s second Sun Belt loss of the season.
The Bobcats have been atrocious on offense. They have two passing touchdowns and are in the bottom 10 in the NCAA in passing yards. They have averaged just fewer than 23 points per contest.
Despite the offense’s struggles, tailback Robert Love has been successful and is second in the Sun Belt Conference with 442 rushing yards. The running game as a whole is ranked 68th in the FBS.
Texas State’s defense has been the strength of the team. They have allowed an average of just 23.5 points per game, which is ranked inside the top 50 in the FBS.
Georgia State Notes
- Bell became the first Georgia State quarterback with two 300-yard passing games in his career (391 vs. Samford and 370 vs. Troy).
- The 28 points scored against Troy last Saturday were the most points the Georgia State offense has scored this season.
- Bell has two 300-yard games under his belt in 2013, and Texas State is 112th in the FBS in passing yards allowed per game.
Texas State Notes
- Texas State has stopped 13 fourth-down conversions this season and is the only FBS team in the country to tallied that many fourth-down stops.
- The Bobcats average 72.7 penalty yards per game, which is 115th overall in the FBS.
- Texas State has a good return game. They are ninth in the FBS in kickoff return yards per game (27.19) and 29th in punt return yards per game (12.46).