Georgia State Panthers vs. Abilene Christian Wildcats CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/27/14
Abilene Christian Wildcats (0-1) at Georgia State Panthers (0-12)
College Football: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 See the Latest Odds
The Abilene Christian Wildcats and Georgia State Panthers kick off the 2014 college football season at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats finished with a 6-5 record last season as an Independent, but begin this season in the Southland Conference. Besides that change, Abilene Christian will roll with redshirt freshman quarterback Parker McKenzie, who threw just three passes last season for 33 yards. The Wildcats will also have their work cut out for them on the offensive side of the ball after losing majority of their offensive line and top three receivers. The one thing Abilene Christian does have going for it is running back herschel sims, who spent some time at Oklahoma State before being dismissed for off the field issues. Defensively, the Abilene Christian Wildcats are a scrappy bunch that forced 29 turnovers last season and produced 52 tackles for loss. Defensive end Nick Richardson is looking for another season with double-digit sacks.
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The Georgia State Panthers have nowhere to go but up after finishing last season with a 0-12 record. The Panthers will go with freshman quarterback Nick Arbuckle, and he hopes to turn around an offense that completed barely 50 percent of its passes. It certainly won’t be easy for a Georgia State team that is losing 27 seniors from a year ago, which includes majority of its offensive line depth. The one playmaker Georgia State does have is wide receiver Robert Davis, who caught 44 passes for 711 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. Defensively, the Georgia State Panthers allowed more than 200 rushing yards per game. With much of the Panthers starters returning, including Joe Peterson who led the team with more than 100 tackles, that stat should improve.
This is a dangerous game because both teams are so raw talent wise and have young quarterbacks we’re not sure what’s going to happen.
However, for the sake of the article, Georgia State has the better and more complete team, and also has the home field advantage. I expect the Panthers to cover the spread and win this game by a touchdown. However, if you’re able to wait for real football to begin, it may be worth sitting this game out and avoiding any serious action.