Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. The 2015 Georgia State Panthers Football team is entering its second season in the FBS Division 1 level. Georgia State was 1-11 in their inaugural season in 2014. The Football program is trying to stay on par with Men’s Basketball. Georgia State hoop team upset nationally ranked Baylor in the first-round of the 2015 March Madness Tournament. Georgia State can attract scholarship athletes in the talent rich “PEACH STATE”. The institute has a geat location in the heart of Atlanta and has the potential for awesome facilities. The allure of playing at the Georgia Dome is also a major plus for Georgia State. Head coach Trent Miles is entering his second season as the head coach; he’s 1-23 in two seasons. The Georgia State Football program could be on the rise if Boosters continue to believe and persevere through some tough times.
The 2015 Georgia State Panthers have some talent on the offensive side of the Football with five returning starters. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle completed over sixty percent of his throws last season. The Junior College Transfer beat out 2013 starter Ronnie Bell, but Bell is a capable backup. Arbuckle threw for 3,283 yards last season. The Running Back duo of Marcus Caffey and Kyler Neal returns in 2015. Caffey had a team-high 354 rushing yards. Neal contributed 209 yards but missed four games with a knee injury. Wide Reciever Donovan Harden led the team with 885 yards. Tight End Joel Ruiz caught 39 passes for 478 yards. The Georgia State receiving corps is intact for another good season. The Offensive Line, led by Tackle Michael Ivory, who missed some time with a bad foot. Guard Taylor Evans returns, he started the most game of any returning Lineman on offense. Georgia State was 5-7 on College Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total eight times, staying under three times and had a push.
*The Panthers were 1-5 Against The Point Spread at home last season.
*Georgia State fared better on the road going 4-2 Against The Spread.
*All six games at the Georgia Dome went over the betting odds total.
*Georgia State went over the betting odds total twice on the road in 2014.
*The Panthers stayed under the betting odds total three times away from Atlanta.
*The Georgia State offense compiled 375.3 yards per contest, 88th in the FBS.
*The passing game ranked 26th nationally with 279.0 yards through the air per game.
*The the team scored 22.7 points per game in 2014
*The ground game has to improve to keep the defense off the field, 123rd in the nation.
Seven starter return of defense and six UAB transfers could help, especially up front. The Panthers were terrible against the run. Former UAB Linebacker Alonzo McGee will be an immediate starter. Joseph Peterson has got All-Conference potential after leading the team with 97 tackles last season. Peterson had one of the team’s three interceptions in 2014. The Panthers return three players up front, led by Jalen Lawrence. Three Starters Return from a secondary which was solid. Experience should make the defensive backfield even more aggressive in 2015. Safety Tarris Batiste was third on the team in tackles with 86 a year ago.
*The Defense allowed opponents 497.2 yards per game, 119th in the nation.
*The Panthers secondary ranked 19th in the country.
*The rush defense gave up 303.5 yards per contest, 127th in the FBS.
*The 43.3 ppg given up by the defense was among the worst in all of College Football. Georgia State could start the season 2-0 with Charlotte University visiting to open the season. The Panthers visit New Mexico State in week 2, before a road trip to Oregon on September 19th. Bovada lists Georgia State at under two and a half wins in 2015.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: Georgia State will post a 3-9 record in 2015. Also Play Online Poker Plus Other Casino Games and enter some of the best Tournaments on the World Wide Web. Bet Here