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Georgia State moves date of 2020 football season opener

The Georgia State Panthers are scheduled to open the season at home for a 10th season in 2020.
The Georgia State Panthers are scheduled to open the season at home for a 10th season in 2020.

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

Georgia State’s 2020 season-opening football game against Murray State will move up two days on the calendar and will be aired on ESPN.

The new season start will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, at Georgia State Stadium.

This will mark the Panthers’ fifth time not opening the season on a Saturday in 11 years of play. In their first decade, Georgia State has played four Friday openers, one Wednesday and one Saturday along with the four Thursdays.

The game against the Racers will be one of three Thursday night games for the Panthers, who are scheduled for two Sun Belt Conference contests on Thursdays at Arkansas State (Oct. 15) and against Coastal Carolina at home (Oct. 29).

The Panthers will follow up the opener with a trip to Alabama Sept. 12. It will be Georgia State’s third visit to Tuscaloosa and first since 2013.

The Panthers are coming off their third bowl appearance in five seasons.

2020 GEORGIA STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Most times TBA. Home dates in bold
Sept. 3 (7 p.m., ESPN): vs. Murray State
Sept. 12: at Alabama
Sept. 19: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 26: at Charlotte
Oct. 3: vs. East Carolina
Oct. 15 (Thursday, ESPNU): at Arkansas State
Oct. 24: at Troy
Oct. 29 (Thursday, ESPNU): vs. Coastal Carolina
Nov. 7: vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 14: at Appalachian State 
Nov. 21: at South Alabama
Nov. 28: vs. Georgia Southern