MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Things are pretty bad these days in the Georgia State football program.
That's the team that comes to Morgantown Saturday to face West Virginia. It might be one of the worst FBS-level college football teams of all time. It is almost certainly the worst playing right now.
Consider that the Panthers, who have been playing the game just three years prior to this one, opened their first year of FBS competition by losing to two FCS programs the last two weeks. And we're not talking upsets like the others sprinkled across the country. Georgia State was the underdog in both and lost badly.
Tennessee-Chattanooga beat the Panthers 42-14, rushed for over 400 yards and held Georgia State to 30 yards on the ground. Ouch.
This is just a bad football team. Even Dana Holgorsen admits that.
"So, not to make light of them or anything, but is it hard to find anything good to say about Georgia State?'' I asked the West Virginia coach the other day.
"Yep,'' Holgorsen said.
OK, so he then went into a couple of minutes about how young the program was and that he didn't know much about the facilities and yadda, yadda, yadda. But you get the idea. The Panthers play Alabama in three weeks. Maybe Nick Saban will find something nice to say.
And who knows, maybe by then even Trent Miles will be a little more optimistic. He's Georgia State's first-year head coach. But even he's struggling now.
After the lopsided loss to Chattanooga - the Mocs led 42-0 at one point - Miles openly questioned his team's effort. It's one thing to be bad. It's quite another to not even try.
"I don't think we played hard enough,'' Miles said a few days after that game. "I think our expectations were to play harder than we did and I don't feel like our kids played as hard as they possibly could. I thought they got down when UT-Chattanooga took the lead on us. I think they got a little demoralized and hung their heads and it affected how they performed.
"When young men don't look like they're playing as hard as they can, it makes you look bad talent-wise. That's what happened.''
Truth is, the Panthers are probably bad talent-wise, too, and they may have gotten worse this week. Not only is Georgia State losing games, it's losing players, too. Two fifth-year senior offensive linemen quit the team. Both were starters.