The Georgia State Panthers have moved up quickly. After just three years of existence, the Panthers began the transition to FBS in 2013. The season went as expected. The team went 0-12 with 11 losses coming against unranked teams, and gave up over 36 points a game. If there was any shred of positivity last year it came in the form of losses, but for a football program that was in its fourth season, you can claim “moral” victories.
GSU started to get somewhat competitive only losing by seven points to Sun Belt Conference foes Troy and Texas State, while coming within two points of beating the conference co-champs, Arkansas State. However, with a step in the right direction came losses to three FCS opponents and nine losses by 21 or more points.
Head Coach Trent Miles enters his second year in command with nine returning starters. Miles does seem to be the right fit for the Panthers. They won’t lack for discipline, just look at the 41 examples of coach Miles not putting up with players who brought nothing but troubles in his first year at Missouri Valley Conference member Indiana St.
If you’re looking for encouragement, the Panthers will be built into a viable competitor in the Sun Belt, just refer back to Miles’ time with the Sycamores. He took over a team that went 1-32 in the three years prior to his arrival, and after going 1-22 in his first two season as the head man, he brought dignity to the program going 19-14 his last three years, including a 7-4 finish in 2012.
GSU might be in for another tough year with a ceiling of three wins, but progress will continue.