Let’s continue the Georgia State football 2016 way-too-early look at next year’s schedule with Wisconsin.
The Panthers will play in Madison on Sept. 17.
To recap: Georgia State won its last four regular-season games to reach 6-6. The Panthers were invited to the Cure Bowl in Orlando and were defeated 27-16.
The Panthers return eight starters on offense and nine on defense.
Those starters who aren’t returning are all key, led by quarterback Nick Arbuckle. He became the Sun Belt’s single-season passing leader in the loss to the Spartans.
So, how might the Panthers do next year?
Here’s a look at Ball State, which the Panthers will play Sept. 1 or 2.
Here’s a look at Air Force, which the Panthers will play Sept. 10.
Here’s a look at Tennessee-Martin, which the Panthers will play Oct. 22.
2015 record: The Badgers defeated USC 23-21 in the Holiday Bowl to finish 10-3. The Badgers averaged 26.77 points on offense and allowed 13.69 on defense. That defense will have a new coordinator after Dave Aranda accepted a similar position at LSU.
When will they play: in Madison.
Have the teams played before? No.
Key players returning
- RB Dare Ogunbawole: 194 carries for 819 yards and seven touchdowns;
- RB Taiwan Deal: 117 carries for 503 yards and six touchdowns;
- WR Robert Wheelwright: 32 receptions for 416 yards and four touchdowns;
- TE Troy Fumagalli: 28 receptions for 313 yards;
- ILB T.J. Edwards: 84 tackles, including 11 for loss;
- OLB Vince Biegel: 66 tackles, including 14 for loss
- Four offensive linemen, each of whom were redshirt freshmen last season;
Key players lost
- QB Joel Stave: Passed for 2,687 yards and 11 touchdowns;
- WR Alex Erickson: 77 receptions for 978 yards and three touchdowns;
- OLB Joe Schobert: 79 tackles, including 19 1/2 for loss;
- S Michael Caputo: 65 tackles, 2 interceptions;
- LT Tyler Marz;
- CB Darius Hillary
- FS Tanner McEvoy;
- FB Derek Watt
While the odds are still long, if Georgia State is going to defeat a team one of the power conferences this may be its best chance. As noted, the Badgers are losing their starting quarterback, best wide receiver, three-fourths of their secondary and their second-best linebacker.