Georgia State vs. Kennesaw State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, August 30
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Georgia State (0-0) vs. Kennesaw State (0-0) Game Preview
If you’re looking for a possible FCS over FBS upset, this might be it.
The star of the Big South last year, Kennesaw State led the FCS in rushing offense averaging over 330 yards per game, was amazing at controlling the clock, and had a strong enough defense to go deep into the FCS playoffs.
Georgia State is rebuilding a bit while also trying to find more of an offensive pop. If it doesn’t take control of this game early on, there will be massive problems.
One Reason Why Kennesaw State Will Win
The devastating spread option attack gets back nine starters including QB Chandler Burks, a wizard at running the machine. Coming off an 1,103-yard, 18-touchdown season, he’s the runner who makes it all go, but he’s not alone. The rest of the backfield is loaded with quick backs who should give the Georgia State defense fits.
The Panther defense was a massive plus last season, but it has to replace several of the top tacklers and doesn’t have a ton of bulk on the front three.
One Reason Why Georgia State Will Win
The biggest loss on Georgia State’s defense experience-wise is in the secondary – that shouldn’t be that big a problem against the Kennesaw State offense.
Yeah, the defensive front has to replace a whole slew of good parts, but it’s an athletic D with the speed and quickness to get around ball sniff out the option attack. It’s the first game of the season – the team will have plenty of time to prepare for what’s coming.
The biggest difference for the Panthers will be on the offensive side with a stronger passing game – Penny Hart is one of the nation’s most dangerous receivers – and a lot more from the ground game behind a veteran line.
What’s Going To Happen
Can the Georgia State defense come up with enough stops to get the devastating Owl offense off the field? The run defense was among the Sun Belt’s best last season, while the offense was great at being able to control the clock.
Expect more of the same to start the season, with just enough of a passing attack mixed in to take Kennesaw State out of its game in the second half.
There will be times throughout when the Owls take over the game with their ground game – there will be a big bulk of the second quarter when Georgia State doesn’t seem like it has the ball – but the Panthers will survive and advance.