Thursday, August 30, 2012

S.C. State Bulldogs looking for 'good time' in Atlanta opener

ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia State is not a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member.

Yet for South Carolina State, tonight’s season-opener on the road is as important as pending conference matchups against Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk State. With all the talk in the preseason focused on regaining the MEAC title, getting positive momentum early is vital.

“Oh, it’s big,” head coach Buddy Pough said. “It’s a ‘live or die’ kind of deal here. We can’t be messing around these first couple of games. We’ve got to hit the ground running. The fact that we’ve got that two-game swing out West (Sept. 22 at Texas A&M and Sept. 29 at Arizona) means that we don’t need to let any of these slip through our fingers because ... it’s going to be hard to make up time on those guys, so we’ve got to make it happen now.”

Under Pough, the Bulldogs are 4-6 in season-openers and have dropped their last two meetings against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents Georgia Tech (41-10) in 2010 and Central Michigan (21-6) last year. In Georgia State, they face a program entering its third season of existence, playing for the first and only time on the Football Championship Subdivision level in the Colonial Athletic Association before moving up to FBS play in the Sunbelt Conference.


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