This is a critical game for the Bobcats (3-3), who are still seeking their first conference win. Georgia State (0-6), is seeking their first win period. This is a chance to start gaining steam down the homestretch of the season. Let's look at the key match-ups. Tyler Jones vs. Georgia State Defense
Announced earlier this week, Tyler Jones will start again after being pulled midway through the 3rd quarter last week against ULM. Whoever does play, there needs to be turnover-free football. The two picks Jones threw last week were short routes, and stared down the whole time. Tyler Jones will need more time to make better decisions in the pocket. This shouldn't be difficult seeing Georgia State averages the fewest sacks per game in the conference. Georgia State's defense hasn't been too hard on quarterbacks this year, allowing 280 passing yards per game, and 14 TD's.
Texas State's Front 7 vs. RB Travis Evans
The Bobcat's defense has handled the running game exceptionally well, best in the conference and 11th in the nation. Travis Evans, the leading RB for Georgia State averages less than 50 yards a game on an offense that has already given away 11 fumbles this season. This should be a field day for Mike Orakpo who's 4th in the nation in forced fumbles. Bobcat Nation should expect one of the biggest games thus far from the defensive side of the ball.
Rob Lowe Working Towards his 1000 yards
Lowe is having a huge year already and is poised to perform just as well. Georgia State has allowed the most rushing yards of any Sun Belt team with 217 a game. If this is the case come Saturday, Lowe may just have to share the rock with Franks and Nutall if Georgia State is handing out rushing yards like that. Lowe mentioned to BI this week he wants his first 1000 yard season. He's almost half way there, and there's no reason to think he wouldn't get close to 700 after this week.
Overall, the match up couldn't have come at a better time. Texas State needs to jump start their offense, and Georgia State giving up at least 31 points a game looks promising to the Bobcats' struggling unit (114th). This can be a good beginning for a team looking to fight for a Sun Belt championship.
The game begins at 6 p.m. CT, and will be broadcasted on ESPN 3 live from Bobcat Stadium.
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