Bill Curry's Panthers look to keep their school-record winning streak alive as the mighty Lambuth Eagles storm downtown Atlanta.
Lambuth is a private school in Jackson, Tennessee with 815 undergrads. Last year they went 6-0 in the Mid South Conference's East division, which includes Georgia State's hapless week one opponent, Shorter. Lambuth advanced to the second round of the NAIA playoffs before losing to Saint Xavier, 52-10.
New Lambuth coach Ron Dickerson replaced the departing Hugh Freeze, who you may remember from such films as The Blind Side. No seriously, ask Ed Orgeron about Mr. Freeze. Freeze parlayed his gig as Michael Oher's high school coach into a string of coaching jobs.
This might sound crazy, but Georgia State may be one of the the best teams Lambuth plays all year. Their out-of-conference schedule includes Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Tennessee-Martin, an outmanned soul named Edward Waters, and the confounding Central State University. The Eagles have trounced Shepherd, 60-6, and lost to Arkansas Tech, 34-19.
Don't be surprised if the Panthers cruise to victory. Serious competition begins next week, when Rebel-killers Jacksonville State hit the Dome.