The Wildcats and Panthers will meet on August 27th in downtown Atlanta, Ga. That's one day earlier than the rest of college football.
Georgia State received a waiver from the NCAA to be allowed to play on that Wednesday due to the large slate of games to follow at the Georgia Dome. Those games include Boise State and Ole Miss on Thursday, as well as West Virginia versus Alabama on Saturday.
The stadium's primary residents, the Atlanta Falcons, also won't know their schedule until later this spring and needed to block Friday August 29th as a precaution. Thus Georgia State to apply for a waiver from the NCAA.
"We thank the NCAA for granting this waiver and we cannot wait to kick off the 2014 FBS college football season in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome," Georgia State director of athletics Cheryl L. Levick said. "This will be a great opportunity for our team and we are excited to give our fans a midweek home game. We would especially like to thank the NCAA, the Georgia Dome, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Abilene Christian athletics department for supporting the application for this waiver. It was a team effort and we look forward to the 2014 season."
The game between ACU and Georgia State will mark the start of the Wildcats' second season as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FCS) and first as a football member of the Southland Conference.