(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 FirstIn 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 Charlotte 49ers are:
- 6-14 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
The Georgia State Panthers are:
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games on turf
- 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game
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
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.