Georgia State to open football season early

Georgia State will host the first FBS game of next season when it takes on Abilene Christian at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 27.

The NCAA granted Georgia State a one-time exemption to play on that date, a day before FBS teams are allowed to play.

The exemption was requested because the Georgia Dome will host two Chick-fil-A Kickoff games, one on Aug. 28 and the other on Aug. 30. Additionally, there may be a Falcons exhibition game at the Dome on Aug. 29.