Georgia St. Panthers head coach Bill Curry returns to the scene of the bricking tonight, leading his first-year program to face the No. 11 Alabama Crimson Tide. Curry put together three straight winning seasons in his short time as coach of the Tide in the late '80s, but isn't exactly remembered all that fondly in Tuscaloosa.
The 6-4 Panthers have outperformed anyone's expectations in their first season, nearly knocking off the Mississippi Rebels-killing Jacksonville St. Gamecocks in overtime and boasting weekly attendance comfortably in four digits. Their success partially inspired the Kennesaw St. Owls decision to start up a football program as well.
A year after winning the national title, Bama has lost to the LSU Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks, the best two losses of any team in the nation. They're in the top half of the SEC in just about every statistical category despite getting a suspicious run of teams coming off bye weeks, and they're fourth in the nation in scoring defense. Our traveling party has listed two goals for the Panthers tonight: kick a field goal and gain 100 yards. Not sure if we're hoping for a successful field goal or not. We'll see how that goes. Mainly pumped about Dreamland BBQ.
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