Will Ronnie Bell get going early? Bell has struggled in the past two games for a variety of reasons, completing 14 of 35 passes for 133 yards. The Panthers likely can’t win if they don’t get quality play from their quarterback.
Will the running game help? If Travis Evans and the rest of the running backs can pick up yards early, it will take the pressure off not just Bell, but the defense and special teams. The backs rushed for a season-best 136 yards in last week’s loss at West Virginia.
Can the Panthers stop the run? They haven’t yet. Statistically, it would appear that they could be in for another long day against the Gamecocks, who have averaged 269.3 rushing yards per game. But most of those yards have come against a non-scholarship Pioneer League team. Georgia State should offer a better test.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Georgia State vs. the schedule. This may be the Panthers’ best remaining chance for a victory this season. It certainly is the last FCS school the team will play this season.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
@CoachTrentMiles I enjoyed your press conference footage, glad to have to you as the @GSUPanthers Football head coach. — @GenuisMcDoogle (Georgia State fan Genius McDoogle)