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Football Hosts Georgia State for Homecoming

Sept. 30, 2013

THE GAME: The University of Alabama football team ventures out of conference on Saturday against Georgia State at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game marks the second meeting between the Crimson Tide and Panthers and will be broadcast on SEC TV with kickoff set for 11:21 a.m. (CDT). Dave Neal will serve as the play-by-play announcer, with Andre Ware at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Cara Capuano. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.

RANKINGS: Alabama enters week six of the 2013 season ranked first in the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls. Georgia State is unranked.

GEORGIA STATE: Georgia State is under the direction of first-year head coach Trent Miles, who took the reins of the Panthers' program after five seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Indiana State. Miles' GSU squad is 0-4 on the season after a 32-26 overtime loss to Jacksonville State on Sept. 21, and coming off of a bye week. Georgia State opened the season with a 31-21 loss to Samford and followed that with a 42-14 defeat by Chattanooga. The Panthers also absorbed a 41-7 loss at West Virginia on Sept. 14. Ronnie Bell is the Panthers' starting quarterback and is completing 46 percent of his passes for 193.5 yards per game with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Albert Wilson is GSU's leading receiver with 22 grabs for 457 yards and four scores. Travis Evans leads the rushing attack with an average of 62.7 yards per game and one touchdown.

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday's game marks the second meeting between the Crimson Tide and Panthers. Alabama won the only other meeting between the two teams with a 63-7 triumph in 2010, Georgia State's first season playing football.

NEXT GAME: Alabama travels to Kentucky for a SEC contest against the eastern division's Wildcats. It is the first meeting between the two schools since the 2009 season, a 38-20 victory in Lexington. The Crimson Tide holds a 35-2-1 edge in the series and has won four straight dating back to a 40-34 overtime UK win in 1997. Both of the Wildcats' wins in the series have come in Lexington, but Alabama boasts a 15-2 record in the Bluegrass state (14-2 in Lexington & 1-0 in Louisville).

MAKING HISTORY: Alabama has laid claim to three of the last four BCS National Championships and now boasts 15 national championships in the program's history. The Tide won in 2009 and then went back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. The back-to-back titles are the first in the BCS era and the first since Nebraska went back to back in 1994-95. The Cornhuskers are also the last team to win three out of four national titles. Nebraska won consensus titles in 1994 and 1995 and shared the 1997 championship with Michigan. The last team to win three of four consensus national championships was Notre Dame who captured the 1946, 1947 and 1949 titles. Minnesota is the last team to win three straight national championships (1934-36) with only the 1936 title coming in the era of the Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide won three titles in five years from 1961 to 1965.