John Adams: Georgia State has 119 years of catching up to do

John Adams

Tennessee played its first football game in 1891. Georgia State played its first football game in 2010.

So you're probably thinking the schools have nothing in common. Not so.

Both opened this season in the Georgia Dome. And both are grateful to Bill Curry.

UT's gratitude goes back to the 1994 and 1996 seasons — Curry's past two visits to Neyland Stadium in a coaching role. Total score: UT 108, Kentucky 10.

The scoreboard isn't big enough to express Georgia State's gratitude to Curry, who will retire at the end of the season. He gave the school name recognition before it ever scheduled a game.

Two years after their program opener, the Panthers are only a year away from competing in the Sun Belt Conference.

Tennessee 63, Georgia State 10: The Panthers are on a fast track, but not fast enough to overcome UT's 119-year head start.

Texas A&M 24, Florida 20: Will Kevin Sumlin's offense work in the SEC?

Answer: Better than Brent Pease's today.

Georgia 31, Missouri 27: The timing is right for the Tigers. The talent isn't.

The Bulldogs overcome their second-game woes (10 losses in the past 20 years) and spoil Missouri's SEC debut.

Mississippi State 20, Auburn 17: Cowbells aren't music to the ears of the Tigers' offense, which has totaled 20 points in its past two Starkville appearances. Even with Cam Newton at quarterback, it managed only 17 points.

You might have noticed last Saturday that Kiehl Frazier isn't Cam Newton.

Kentucky 38, Kent State 17: The Golden Flashes have played only eight games against SEC schools in the past 50 years, but that still has been too often. Average score: SEC Team 50, Kent State 8.

Alabama 41, Western Kentucky 6: Though still in their FBS infancy, the Hilltoppers are making progress. But their only advantage against the Tide likely will come at mascot, where Big Red is more than capable of holding his own against Big Al.

Ole Miss 34, UTEP 27: Former Alabama coach Mike Price returns to the SEC in his ninth season with the Miners. Just wondering: Are there any strip clubs in Oxford?

Vanderbilt 27, Northwestern 24: The Wildcats serve as a great role model for the Commodores. They have maintained their reputation for academics while playing in a bowl game each of the past four years.

Vanderbilt could match that — if it could move to the Big Ten.

Arkansas 45, Louisiana Monroe 13: No matter how badly the Hogs beat the Skyhawks, they can't change history: In the past five years, Louisiana-Monroe has one more victory against Alabama than Arkansas.

LSU 42, Washington 14: The Tigers' advantages will include offense, defense, special teams and humidity.

South Carolina 27, East Carolina 7: The Pirates are vulnerable to sacks. The large Gamecock with the big smile is Jadeveon Clowney.

Top 25: Southern California 45, Syracuse 13; Oklahoma 55, Florida A&M 10; Oregon 54, Fresno State 17; Florida State 62, Savannah State 3; Michigan 38, Air Force 20; Wisconsin 31, Oregon State 17; Michigan State 45, Central Michigan 7; Clemson 52, Ball State 10; Texas 41, New Mexico 7; Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7; Nebraska 31, UCLA 20; Ohio State 31, Central Florida 6; Oklahoma State 42, Arizona 24; TCU 45, Grambling 10; Stanford 31, Duke 20; Kansas State 30, Miami 23; Louisville 42, Missouri State 10; Notre Dame 34, Purdue 27.

Record: 25-0 overall, 8-9 against the spread.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or Follow him at

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Comments » 4

tovolny writes:


Strip Clubs? You know how to bite. He'll probably never live that down. It's your job to keep the dust stirred up. Seriously, good job with this item. I had a chuckle.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

119 yrs.? You should see my office/bedroom!

WHY do you columnists always assume we know where these schools are?? I know a coupla buttons tells me but I'd really rather ya'll do the research! I say "ya'll" because it just so happens Ga.St. is in Atlanta. I'm sure that was in another column somehwere but I either didn't notice or forgot. Well? Because first of all I have very little memory that actually is repeatable. And second I usually wouldn't care where the small schools are like most of you. But this school is in my childhood neighborhood and I could remember where it was exactly. Anyone heard of Douglasville Ga.? I lived there most of my prepube years. It's where I learned about the Braves when they moved to town. We USED to have the Atlanta Crackers. I couldn't tell you one player for the Crackers 'cause I chose #7 for my jersey. Only people my age and up will recognize that #. Yep at that time I could tell you every single NY player and probably some of their stats too. HUH? football?? Oh yeah.

Georgia State may not have football tradition but Atlanta has stories. Plus some of my favorite people have lived there.

UTbassdrummer writes:



mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to UTbassdrummer:



bass drummer? You percussionist always did think highly of yourselves. I just think of you as the band's second hand, the beat, the glue that holds the stuff together, and etc. Also our bass was the one who was always accidentally standing alone after a wrong turn.

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