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Georgia State vs. Charlotte Prediction,
and Odds - 9-26-2020

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#391 Georgia State University
Panthers -3
#392 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
49ers 3

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:00pm

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(this game has been postponed)

Georgia State nearly beat a ranked team in their last game and they face a Charlotte team that had their last game canceled with several offensive linemen of COVID-19 contact tracing.

In their season-opener, in their last game, Georgia State lost to a ranked Louisiana team 34-31 in overtime.The team finished at 7-6 last season and made a bowl game but started this season behind the 8-ball with the loss, which was in Sun Belt play.

Charlotte will be well-rested for this game after having their last game against North Carolina canceled. However, they are still out a few offensive linemen due to COVID-19 and the team will be thin up front. In their opening game against Appalachian State, they lost 35-20 where their defense gave up over 500 total yards.

Nearly a First

In their 34-31 OT loss to Louisiana in their season-opener, the Panthers nearly got their first-ever win facing a ranked opponent. While they had balance in the game with 419 total yards they gave up 519 total yards but held the Ragin Cajuns to 3/14 on third down. Destin Coates was legit in the loss rushing for 150 yards with a TD and averaged 4.4 yards per carry. Cornelious Brown passed for 196 yards with a TD and a pick and also was the team’s second-leading rusher with 63 yards on the ground.

Look for the Panthers to lean heavily on the run in this game facing a Charlotte run defense that was torched in their season opener giving up 308 rushing yards. Georgia State did cover the big 17-point spread in the OT loss to Louisiana and last season was 6-5-2 ATS.

The Line is a Big Issue

The line on both sides of the ball is a big issue for Charlotte with several offensive linemen out and a defensive line that gave up over 300 rushing yards in the loss to Appalachian State. The 49ers did force three turnovers in the game but were outgained 512 yards to 286 yards and only had 140 passing yards. Last season Charlotte was 7-6 and they only lost one home game.

In the loss to Appalachian State, Chris Reynolds did not have the most accurate game only going 11 for 30 for 140 yards with no TD and was picked off twice. Tre Harbison III rushed for 87 yards and averaged a solid 5.1 yards per carry. The 49ers cannot get down early in this game, as they must establish the run with Harbison III but that is easier said than done with a thin offensive line.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

While the 49ers have the better betting trends they are shorthanded and playing a solid Georgia State team that narrowly came up with a huge upset in their opening game. Even on the road, the Panthers are the betting favorite and the public money has been on them, as they opened as a one-point favorite and as of Wednesday morning are a 2.5-point favorite. They covered in their opener and they will cover in this game and get the win behind a strong game on the ground. The Panthers will get their first win of the season sending Charlotte to an 0-2 record.

Prediction: Georgia State

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Full-Game Total Pick

I am leaning towards the Over in this game since both team’s defenses combined to give up over 1,000 total yards in their opening games. I don’t see a lot of defense being played in this game and that is especially the case for Charlotte, as the Panthers will tear them apart with a ton of rushing yards. The 49ers are thin up front but they will be able to move the ball and score as well facing a suspect Georgia State defense. Look for a barnburner in this one and in a high scoring affair, the Over is the winning pick for this non-conference matchup.

Prediction: Over

Jason Green

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