Georgia State-Morehead State preview

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Which Georgia State shows up? The Panthers have shown a habit of playing down (or up) to the level of competition. They nearly beat No. 4 Jacksonville State, but also almost lost last week to a so-so Campbell team. Coach Bill Curry has been trying to extract a more uniform performance from his team.

Keeping hold of the ball. After a no-turnover game in the opener, Georgia State has turned the ball over eight times in the past three games. Moreover, the Panthers have dropped several potential interceptions. Contesting Morehead State in the air -- quarterback Zach Lewis averages 300.8 passing yards per game -- would go a long way toward helping Georgia State's cause.

Pounding the rock. Perhaps Georgia State's most remarkable statistic is its average time of possession, 23:43. The Panthers will undoubtedly want to run the ball effectively, grind the clock and keep it away from Morehead State's potent offense. However, that's a skill the Panthers haven't yet mastered.

By the numbers

293.4, 247.8

The average weight, in pounds, of the Georgia State offensive line and the Morehead State defensive line, respectively.


Percentage of Morehead State's yards that have been accumulated through rushing.


Number of metro Atlantans in Morehead's two-deep depth chart, including leading receiver Donte Sawyer from North Cobb and defensive end Jerome Raymond (three sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss) from Berkmar.