Army at Georgia State - 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Army at Georgia State - 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia State Panthers (0-0) vs Army Black Knights (0-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Center Parc Stadium)

Betting Odds: Georgia State Panthers -2 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Army Black Knights will head on the road to face the Georgia State Panthers in week one of the NCAA football season. Georgia State won the last meeting 28-21 back in October 2019.

The Army Black Knights have watched their ranking slowly increase in each season since Jeff Monken has taken over as head coach. Last season was especially impressive due to their younger roster, with defense being their strength. They led the nation with just 275.3 yards allowed per game. They will be returning 13 of 18 key contributors, headlined by safety Cedric Cunningham. Offensively it will be interesting to see how the QB situation plays out. Last season saw them use three different Quarterbacks, with all of them returning for another year. They will look to improve upon a sluggish finish to 2020, which saw them average just 16 points per game over their last four games.

Georgia State appears poised for a big step forward offensively, after an impressive debut season from freshman quarterback Cornelious Brown IV.  He threw for 2,278 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Brown’s top two options have both returned, Sam Pinckney and Cornelius McCoy. Pinckney led the team with 47 receptions for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively they did a good job stopping the run but will look to improve upon the 273.1 passing yards allowed per game from the year prior. They will need to fill the void left by edge-rusher Jordan Strachan, who led the team with 10.5 sacks in 2020 before transferring to South Carolina.

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Army is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games, 7-3 overall, and the under is 6-4.

Georgia State is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games, 5-5 overall, and the over is 6-4.

Not only did Army’s defense allow the fewest yards in the FBS during the 2020 season, but they also ranked 2nd with just 14.8 points allowed per game. They will not need to make many adjustments, with most of their starters and top reserves back this year. To win, Georgia State’s offense needs to prove they can run the ball consistently to avoid 3rd and long situations for their young QB. I do not expect them to be able to get that done against Army’s stout front seven, so it will be a challenging game for Brown. The Panthers’ defense took some strides over the last few games of 2020, but they need to prove that was not a fluke after an abysmal start to the year. Give me Army to get it done on the road.

 

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Joe’s Pick Army Black Knights +2

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