We have another matchup in the Sun Belt Conference on Thursday night. Following a 30-27 Coastal Carolina win on Wednesday, the Georgia State Panthers and Arkansas State Red Wolves will get a chance in the spotlight tonight. There is no Thursday Night Football because of the Bills playing on Tuesday.
The Bills were scheduled to play the Kansas City Chiefs in what would have been a nice primetime game to open Week 6 in the NFL. Unfortunately, the Titans’ coronavirus outbreak threw the schedule into havoc. It doesn’t mean that we won’t have football on Thursday night, though.
You’re just going to have to live with a Sun Belt showdown between Georgia State and Arkansas State. Georgia State had their first two games cancelled against Murray State and Alabama. We all know what would have happened for Georgia State versus Bama, but it would have been a nice learning experience at least. They also had a matchup against Charlotte scrapped two weeks ago.
Given the uncertainty and altered player schedules in preparing for games throughout the week, it’s hard to put any kind of big money on some college games this year. Even in a good year, a midweek contest between Georgia State and Arkansas State is probably hard to go big on.
That said, I’ve found several nice spots in the Sun Belt and MAC before. Speaking of the MAC, they intend on returning in November with a six-game schedule. Six games decides absolutely nothing, but it is better than nothing, and we’ll have some MACtion on the card next month.
Georgia State enters Arkansas State with a record of 1-1 after a 34-31 loss against Louisiana and 49-29 win on September 19 over East Carolina on October 3. I wouldn’t say that was a bad loss for Georgia State. Louisiana has one of the best defenses in the Sun Belt, but Georgia State was able to move the ball fairly nicely.
Arkansas State are a 2-2 team following a 50-27 win over Central Arkansas by a score of 50-27 on October 10. It was a nice response by Arkansas State after getting punched in the mouth against Coastal Carolina.
Coastal Carolina routed the Red Wolves by a score of 53-23 the week before. They’ve been very Jekyl and Hyde, with a 35-31 win over Kansas State, a team that beat Oklahoma, and a blowout loss to Coastal Carolina on their resume. When they are rolling, the offense can be difficult to stop, though. Head below for our free Georgia State vs. Arkansas State pick for October 15, 2020.
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The Red Wolves have two capable quarterbacks in their arsenal. They can put either Logan BoNner and Layne Hatcher on the field and garner positive results. Arkansas State utilized both of them evenly against Central Arkansas and they both game through with big performances. Hatcher and BoNner both passed for 3 touchdowns each and combined for 392 passing yards.
Hatcher has passed for 6 touchdowns and 1 interception, while Bonner has passed for 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the season. I wouldn’t put much stock in who is starting the game. Both of these quarterbacks can move the football effectively. Arkansas State are averaging 467.8 yards per game for 16th in the FBS. They have put an average of 33 points per game on the scoreboard through four games.
If Georgia State can do what they did against East Carolina two weeks ago, then the Panthers should be able to keep pace, though. Georgia State scored 49 points on East Carolina with relative ease. Cornelius Brown connected for 3 passing touchdowns and 238 yards along with 30 yards on the ground. Georgia State ripped East Carolina for 255 rushing yards on 5.6 yards per carry as a team.
They’re not too far behind Arkansas State offensively, with 452 yards per game and 40 points scored per game. In only two games, we’ll have to see if they’re for real on Thursday night, though. The Red Wolves have gotten beaten through the air and on the ground this season. They are conceding 304.5 yards per game against the pass and 152 via the ground.
Through four games, the Red Wolves have given up 36.8 points per game. Despite Georgia State and Arkansas State not the most brand name schools, this should make for an entertaining matchup. It’s not going to make up for the loss of the Bills and Chiefs, but I think we can cash in on a high-scoring matchup on the OVER in Jonesboro on Thursday.