As previously announced, GSU’s non-conference schedule features home games against Samford, Chattanooga and Jacksonville State as well as road trips to West Virginia and defending national champion Alabama. For conference play, the Panthers will host conference foes Troy, South Alabama, Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette at the Georgia Dome and will travel to Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State.
“We are excited to begin this next chapter in Georgia State football with a very attractive and challenging schedule,” said Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick. “We are especially pleased that our home schedule features regional opponents Troy, South Alabama, Western Kentucky, Samford, Chattanooga and Jacksonville State, all within driving distance of the Georgia Dome. In addition, we have amazing opportunities for our fans to travel to road games at Alabama and West Virginia."
The Panthers will kick off the 2013 season and the Trent Miles era by hosting Samford in the season opener at the Georgia Dome. The game will be played on Thursday, August 29 or Friday, August 30, pending the announcement of the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason schedule. However, if history is any indicator, the Falcons will play on Thursday night and the Panthers will play on Friday night, just as was done in 2011, the last time the Falcons hosted a game in the final week of the NFL preseason.
The Panthers will then host a second straight home game to start the season as Chattanooga visits the Georgia Dome September 7, followed by the September 14 road trip to West Virginia. After hosting Jacksonville State on September 21, the Panthers have a bye week before taking on the Crimson Tide of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 5.
The first Sun Belt Conference game in Georgia State history will take place on October 12 when the Panthers host Troy at the Georgia Dome. One week later, GSU’s first Sun Belt road game will take place at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas on October 19. This is also the inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference for the Texas State Bobcats as they change conferences after playing in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last year.
The Sun Belt slate continues with a road test at Louisiana-Monroe (Oct. 26) and home games against Western Kentucky (Nov. 2) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 16). GSU will close out the season by travelling to Arkansas State, who won the Sun Belt last year with a 7-1 conference record, on November 23 and by hosting the Jaguars of the University of South Alabama (USA), who Georgia State has faced twice before (1-1) on November 30.
In all, the Panthers (who went 1-10 last year in their final season of FCS play) will play six bowl teams from 2012 in Alabama, West Virginia, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and Western Kentucky, and will face only three teams (Troy, South Alabama and Texas State) that had a losing record last year. All three of the FCS opponents that the Panthers will face had winning records of 5-3 in 2012.
2013 GEORGIA STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Subject to Change * Times TBA * Home Games at Georgia Dome
Aug 29 or 30 SAMFORD
Sept. 7 CHATTANOOGA
Sept. 14 at West Virginia
Sept. 21 JACKSONVILLE STATE
Oct. 5 at Alabama
Oct. 12 TROY
Oct. 19 at Texas State
Oct. 26 at Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 2 WESTERN KENTUCKY
Nov. 16 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Nov. 23 at Arkansas State
Nov. 30 SOUTH ALABAMA