Jacksonville State Gamecocks (0-0) at Tennessee State Tigers (0-0)
College Football: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Hale Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee St +17 -- Over/Under: 62 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Tennessee State Tigers meet Saturday in week 2 FCS college football action at Hale Stadium.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks played four games in the fall and ended up producing a 3-1 record. Zerrick Cooper is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 671 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Cooper has to be more of a difference maker for Jacksonville State to keep producing victories. Trae Barry and Dave Russell have combined for 351 receiving yards on 24 catches while Uriah West has 10 receptions. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks ground game is averaging 162.8 yards per contest, and Josh Samuel leads the way with 251 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville State is allowing 24 points and 312.5 yards per game. Nicario Harper leads the Jacksonville State Gamecocks with 28 tackles, DJ Coleman has two sacks and Kolbi Fuqua has one interception.
The Tennessee State Tigers finished 3-9 last season that included a 2-4 record at home. The Tennessee State Tigers averaged 26.2 points and 400.1 yards while allowing 34.6 points and 454.7 yards. The Tennessee State Tigers have to find some playmakers at quarterback, wide receiver and running back, as they lost a ton of production on that side of the ball, including their starting quarterback in Cameron Rosendahl. Defensively, Terry Staughter returns after 67 tackles, Josh Green had two sacks and Nick Harper had two interceptions. Tennessee State has enough playmakers on defense to hold its own on that side of the ball, but the offense is going to look extremely different with so many players gone.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have a clear edge heading into this contest considering they played four games in the fall, and they held their own against Florida State while beating FIU. Jacksonville State proved there's legit talent on both sides of the ball and earned some respect from the FBS fans. The Tennessee State Tigers should be decent defensively out of the gate, but there's certainly going to be growing pains on the offensive side. Tennessee State will look almost like a new team this season on offense.
I'm not stepping in front of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks after what we saw in the fall.