1. GEORGIA STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
There are just enough good parts to the puzzle to think the Panthers could pull off a surprisingly big season.
The defense has to be night-and-day better – it starts with generating more pressure – but there’s decent size up front and enough experience to make a bit of a push.
The offensive side is loaded with veterans, and that has to lead to a more efficient and effective attack that can be more explosive.
Overall, the Panthers don’t get flagged, the special teams are solid, and the style of play helps keep them in control. However, considering just one of the ten losses last season was by fewer than nine points, it’s going to take a bit of luck to be in the hunt for six wins and a bowl.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 5
The Panthers should be able to take down Furman and South Alabama at home, but it’s not a plus that some of the easier games – Texas State, Coastal Carolina – are on the road.
Getting Arkansas State, Army, Troy and Appalachian State at home should lead to one big win in the bunch, but it’s asking a lot to get too many more without a few breaks.
The Panthers should be a few wins better, but not enough to get a third bowl appearance in the last five years.