It appears to be a battle between SMU, Kent State and Georgia State for the unofficial title of the worst college football team on the FBS level.
Playing Troy, another team with just one win, the freefalling Panthers were demolished 45-21 on Saturday.
Georgia State is 1-9, tied with Ken State for victories, and one ahead of winless SMU.
The Panthers are off this week before going to Clemson on Nov. 22, which ….won’t be pretty.
Here are my three thoughts about the loss:
The defense could do nothing. The Trojans were averaging 18 points per game. They had more than that by the end of the first half.
The Trojans were averaging 328 yards per game. They almost matched that total …. in rushing yards.
I understand and recognize that the defense is severally undermanned in terms of scholarship players, but it’s obvious that something more than depth seems to be needed. What that may be is up to Trent Miles and the coaching staff.
But the numbers are alarming:
- Troy averaged 7.2 yards per rush.
- In the past three games, Georgia State has given up almost 1,500 rushing yards and more than 150 points.
- Zero sacks for the third consecutive game. Troy did attempt 22 passes.
- Just three tackles for loss. Troy did run the ball 45 times.
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. The Panthers didn’t help themselves with two more interceptions thrown by Nick Arbuckle and another fumble by Marcus Caffey.
Both interceptions were horrible decisions by Arbuckle. On the first, he didn’t see the defender sitting and waiting on the pass near the flat. The second was similar to the first. Arbuckle didn’t see the safety sitting in the middle of the field waiting on the deep pass. Arbuckle has 12 interceptions this year.
Caffey’s fumble came on the opening possession of the second half with the Panthers trailing by 14. Caffey had a few fumbles in last week’s loss at Appalachian State and more in earlier games. Georgia State doesn’t track fumbles lost by players, but I believe Caffey has lost at least four this year, possibly five.
Miles has said it and I’ve written it many times, but this team has no margin of error. None. Even one mistake will result in a loss.
If you want some good news. Arbuckle has 2,619 passing yards to break the previous school record of 2,573 yards, set last year by Ronnie Bell.
Arbuckle’s three TD passes gave him 19 on the season to set school records for a season and career.
Todd Boyd caught his first touchdown pass and finished with three catches for 91 yards.