There is some debate as to whether the Alabama Crimson Tide are the best overall team in college football. They have had a few close contests so far this season — and by close I mean under their standards. The Crimson Tide have won each of their four games by an average margin of 20.5 points and remain at the top of all polls.
On the other side of the field, the Georgia State Panthers are 0-4. They happen to be the second-to-last cupcake on the Crimson Tide’s schedule this season. It’s hard to call any team in college football a cupcake these days because anyone can win on any given day, but at 0-4 in the FCS, they are nothing to write home about.
Alabama is led by Heisman-hopeful quarterback and senior gunslinger AJ McCarron. The quarterback has led this team to two straight national titles and a 4-0 record to begin the 2013 season. He has underperformed a bit this season, passing for just 882 yards and six touchdowns through four games, leading the 72nd nationally-ranked passing offense. The run game hasn’t been much better as it ranks 70th in the nation with T.J. Yeldon leading the way with 394 yards and three scores on a six yards per carry average. The offense needs to step up in order to win a third straight title.
Georgia State has a quarterback that has been average, at best, so far this season. When you’re 0-4, the quarterback is usually the first one to receive the blame as well as the coach, but Ronnie Bell has completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 773 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. This offense has scored over 20 points just two times through four games and that’s due, in large part, to top receiver Albert Wilson who has 457 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Panthers have allowed over 31 points in each game this season and teams have had no problem moving the ball on them. Alabama, on the other hand, ranks 27th in the nation in yards allowed per game with 331, but they are still a top-10 squad, potentially.
Georgia State will travel to Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide at 12:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Georgia State 3, Alabama 51