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Posted Sep 24, 2011


Week 4 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Georgia State at Houston


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Sept. 24 at Houston 56 … Georgia State 0
CFN Analysis: It was target practice. Georgia State didn’t have a chance as Case Keenum threw for 415 yards and three different passers combined for 561 yards and three touchdowns, while the running game got five scores and 171 yards. 14 players caught passes in a perfect game for the Cougars; it was an easy win and the backups all got meaningful work. This was a true preseason type of game, and the team acted like it. It’s time to go to work with a date at UTEP up next and with three straight home games to follow. There isn’t a team on the slate that can beat the Cougars if Keenum and the offense are humming.

(AP) HOUSTON -- Case Keenum threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns in just two and a half quarters of play, and Houston recorded its first shutout since 1999 in a 56-0 rout of Georgia State on Saturday.

Justin Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars (4-0), while Bryce Beall rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Hayes had 58 yards rushing and a score.

Keenum, who was 29 for 34 through the air, passed former BYU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer for third on the NCAA all-time passing yardage list, and passed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for third on the NCAA career total offense list.

Drew Little was 11 of 24 for 117 yards, and Travis Evans rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries for Georgia State (1-3), an FCS football program in its second year of existence.

Georgia State (1-2) at Houston (3-0) Sept. 24, 8:00

Here’s The Deal … If there is one thing about Houston Cougars football that we know, it’s that you’ll get your money’s worth on offense. The Cougars enter Saturday’s matchup against Georgia State with the top-ranked passing offense in the country, and third-year head coach Kevin Sumlin is expecting to keep it that way. Still, the Cougars are coming off a sloppy 35-34 win at Louisiana Tech, and are looking to develop some defensive consistency heading into the meat of the Conference USA schedule.

For Georgia State, the second-year program under veteran head coach Bill Curry has gotten off to a rocky start this season with only one victory against Division II Clark Atlanta. The Panthers did not perform well in the program’s only previous attempt against a FBS opponent, dropping a 67-3 decision against Alabama. However, with hopes of moving up to the FBS ranks in the future, a win Saturday could make a statement for Curry’s squad and for the future of Georgia State football.

Why Houston Might Win: It would be easy to begin this section with a mention of Case Keenum, however one cannot begin to mention the many accolades of the quarterback without recognizing his supporting cast. So far this season, Houston has showcased an impressive trio of senior wide receivers in Patrick Edwards, Tyron Carrier and Justin Johnson. With Keenum distributing the ball evenly amongst the three, Edwards, Carrier and Johnson account for 730 of Houston’s 1,119 yards passing thus far this season. And if history is any indication, this will continue. Over their last two games, Georgia State allowed 37 and 40 points in losses against teams with lesser offensive talent than what Houston has demonstrated.

Why Georgia State Might Win: If Georgia State wishes to shock the world, it has to start with a high-octane passing attack. Houston is entering this matching ranked 102nd in the FBS total defense, giving up an average of 429 yards per game and 30 points. The Panthers will have to depend on sophomore QB Bo Schlechter to launch an attack on the weak Cougars defense. While Schlechter has yet to put up any monster numbers on the season, he has proven to be an efficient quarterback, throwing for 488 yards and four touchdowns and only one pick on the year. Ironically, Schlechter is also the punter for the Panthers, so depending on which position he plays the most on Saturday will determine whether or not Georgia State can pull off the upset.

What To Watch Out For: Houston’s Keenum may be the best passer in college football, and that is a trait he has proven year in and year out. In last week’s win over Louisiana Tech, Keenum became the winningest quarterback in Houston history, overtaking current Arizona Cardinals signal-caller Kevin Kolb, and that winning is not expected to stop anytime soon. Keenum currently leads the country in passing yards, and the matchup this week makes for another favorable day in the stat book. However, if Keenum had a wide receiver like Georgia State’s Albert Wilson, those numbers might even be higher. In three games this season, Wilson has nearly equaled his yardage from the previous year. The 5-9 sophomore is extremely quick in open space, as indicated by his 22.5 yards per catch average. While the Panthers may not pull off the win, this young wideout will be fun to watch.

What Will Happen: If Keenum does not throw for at least 400 yards in this game, it will be a disappointment for Cougars fans. However, that does not look like a possibility. While Houston’s defense has been lackluster as of late, it’s doubtful the Panthers can put up enough points to counter Houston’s top-ranked offense. Look for the Cougars to put this one in the bag by the third quarter.

CFN Prediction: Houston 52 … Georgia State 21  
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