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After snapping a two game win streak and breaking a few records in the process, the Georgia State Panthers should have high spirits. Coach Shawn Elliot will once again have to temper those emotions going into the game versus the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
After scoring 52 points while rushing for 340 yards and six touchdowns against Arkansas State, the team might be taking their match-up versus the Chanticleers lightly. It’s even a bigger concern after Coastal Carolina allowed 56 points to Appalachian State.
The Panthers will have to play a tight run defense in this one and it comes down to concentration. Arkansas state gashed them play after play on the option and that was mostly due to not locking off the edge.
Georgia State is allowing 218.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks them eighth in the Sunbelt Conference. The Chanticleers are third in rushing, averaging 226.8 yards per game. Something will have to give at the line of scrimmage and the Panthers can’t afford to give up big plays off the edge.
It’s almost the same scenario as when they beat the University of Tennessee for their first victory of the season. You have to play every opponent on the schedule and Coastal Carolina won’t be a set of cupcakes.
If coach Elliot wants to start a win streak instead of just one big win, he will need to keep his team focused more than ever. The key to the season is to win the conference and make a bowl game. The team can’t lose sight of that.
Coastal Carolina won the last meeting between these two teams, 37-34, at Georgia State Stadium.
Georgia State has allowed 30 points or more in all three of their wins and in four out of their five games overall.