Georgia State Football

Alabama won’t get the opportunity to defend its national title, much less its two SEC championships, but it’s still looking to finish strong.

Its opponent Thursday night doesn’t figure to have much of a chance of standing in the way of that goal.

Georgia State football coach Bill Curry knew his team was in for a long night in Tuscaloosa.

In many ways, just being there was all that matters for the former Alabama head coach.

Curry was chosen to help start Georgia State's program, which took the field for the first time in September and came away with a win.

The prospects Thursday night were far bleaker for the Panthers, who currently trail the Tide 42-7 in the second quarter.

Curry, who went 26-10 during his three years as head coach of Alabama, has directed his team to a 6-4 record this season.

The most impressive showing may have actually come in a loss.

Georgia State pushed Jacksonville State, a team that beat Ole Miss, to overtime before falling just short.

It's certainly been a fantastic first season of existence for the Panthers' program.

In addition to getting a game against Alabama on the schedule to bring in revenue, Georgia State also landed on the cover of ESPN the Magazine.

Not bad for a school with a fledgling football team.