Panthers prepare for trip to No. 1 Alabama

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ATLANTA -- Georgia State makes its second trip to Alabama in four seasons as the Panthers and Crimson Tide meet Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET in a regionally-televised game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Panthers (0-4), playing their inaugural FBS season, are looking for their first victory under first-year head coach Trent Miles. Georgia State is coming off an open week following its Sept. 21 loss to Jacksonville State in overtime, 32-26. In that game, the Panthers scored 17 straight points in the fourth quarter, tying the game on Wil Lutz's 26-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, but JSU prevailed in the extra session.

"That last game was a tough game. We felt we had a chance to win the game, but we didn't get it done. When you lose a game and then have to wait a long time to play, it's hard, but we had a great open week," GSU head coach Trent Miles said. "We had a very spirited week, with a chance to do a lot of work with our young guys.

"Our kids are getting better every week, and that's all we can ask for."

Alabama (4-0), the defending BCS National Champion, has won eight in a row following Saturday's 25-0 win over Ole Miss.

"They are impressive in everything they do" Miles said of the Crimson Tide. "They're so big, physical, fast and well-coached. But we're excited to go play and compete against the best."

Alabama was also the defending national champion when Georgia State made its first trip to Tuscaloosa. In the final game of their inaugural 2010 season, the Panthers fell 63-7 to the Crimson Tide in a Thursday night game. For GSU, the highlight was Albert Wilson's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The game against Alabama represents Georgia State's fourth ever game against a team from a BCS conference. The Panthers played Alabama in 2010, Tennessee in 2012 and West Virginia earlier this season.

Georgia State has never defeated the nation's top-ranked team in any sport. The highest-ranked win for any GSU program is the softball team's 5-1 victory at then No. 2-ranked Alabama on April 17, 2012.

GAME COVERAGE: Television coverage is available on SEC TV (Peachtree TV in Atlanta). Announcers are Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano.

Radio coverage is available on the GSU Radio Network, including Atlanta flagship 1340 The Fan 3. Dave Cohen is in his 31st season as the play-by-play voice of Georgia State athletics, while Harper LeBel and Brandon Leak join him from the booth, and Sam Crenshaw adds sideline coverage.

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