CLEMSON - If Dabo Swinney, Dan Radakovich had a do-over on the 2014 schedule, this probably would be it.
With the first year of the College Football Playoff era adding significance to strength of opponents, Georgia State doesn't exactly fit into those plans.
Swinney's been on record as stating his ideal non-conference lineup: South Carolina, plus one other major conference opponent of quality, then a lower-tier FBS squad and one FCS opponent.
Clemson can do better than Georgia State, which is in just its fifth year of football existence and first at the FBS level. The Panthers are just 10-35 in any games, with most of those against FCS opponents, so they'll be little resistence to the Tigers in late November.
It's not like Clemson's the only big boy in Georgia State's plans, by the way: the Panthers also travel to Washington in 2014, Oregon in 2015 and Wisconsin in 2016.
Opponent preview No. 1: Georgia
Opponent preview No. 2: S.C. State
Opponent preview No. 3: Florida State
Opponent preview No. 4: North Carolina
Opponent preview No. 5: North Carolina State
Opponent preview No. 6: Louisville
Opponent preview No. 7: Boston College
Opponent preview No. 8: Syracuse
Opponent preview No. 9: Wake Forest
Opponent preview No. 10: Georgia Tech
Game 11: Georgia State at No. 22* Clemson, Nov. 22, time and TV TBD
Georgia State coach: Trent Miles (0-12, 2nd season)
Returning starters: 9 (five offense, four defense)
2013 record: 0-12, 0-7 Sun Belt; last Sun Belt
Scoring offense: 18.8 points per game (T-113th in FBS)
Scoring defense: 36.7 points allowed (T-110th)
Series: First meeting
Opposing beat writer to follow: @ajcgsu
Three things to know about Georgia State
1. Brand-new program: It's actually been a quick rise from FCS Independent to FCS league member (in the Colonial) to Sun Belt member. Georgia State will deal with the likes of Arkansas State, UL-Monroe and Appalachian State going forward.
2. Startup man: The program was initially headed up by Bill Curry, a former Georgia Tech standout who played center for a decade in the NFL and went on to serve as head coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky. Curry helped with the transition from FCS to FBS for Georgia State, but he left his post earlier than expected, so the Panthers took on former Indiana State head man Trent Miles for the gig.
3. Through the air: Georgia State will look to throw the football, as it averaged 35.8 tosses per game last year - but the Panthers only completed 50.7 percent of those tries. They're one of the few teams who ends up averaging more passes than rushes, which could make for a bit of a longer game on Nov. 23.
Week before: @Georgia Tech
Next week: South Carolina
On the horizon: South Carolina
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