The Georgia State Panthers have added the Kennesaw State Owls to their 2018 football schedule, GSU announced today.
Georgia State will host Kennesaw State in Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. The game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools and could be the start of a local, in-state rivalry.
Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, is only 25 miles from Kennesaw State University, which is located in the Atlanta suburbs in Cobb County.
“It’s a great opportunity for both universities to play each other and hopefully draw a great crowd since we are right down the street from each other,” Georgia State head coach Trent Miles said. “It’s a game we better be ready for because they are going to be a really good football program.”
Kennesaw State recently started their football program. They begin play in 2015 and will be a member of the Big South Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The Owls’ first game is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at East Tennessee State. Their first home game is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw against Edward Waters College.
Kennesaw State, which will receive $135,000 for the game, would like to play Georgia State regularly.
“I don’t know if it will happen every other year, but I know he want to play on a regular basis,” Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams told the AJC.
Kennesaw State is the second non-conference opponent scheduled for Georgia State in 2018. The Panthers also visit NC State on Sept. 8.