Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott knows the SEC very well.

Elliott was a former assistant at South Carolina, serving from 2010-2016. When Steve Spurrier stepped down in 2015, Elliott was named interim head coach for the remaining 6 games and went 1-5.

He’s enjoyed some success with the Panthers in Atlanta, leading them to 3 bowl appearances in his first 4 seasons. They defeated Tennessee to open the 2019 campaign in a historic first win over a Power 5 opponent.

This year, the Panthers nearly pulled another upset of an SEC team on the road, pushing Auburn to the limit before T.J. Finley’s last-minute touchdown drive to put the Tigers in front.

The atmosphere at SEC stadiums is obviously familiar to Elliott where it might not be to several of his players. He alluded to the atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium following Saturday’s game while roasting another SEC program in the process.

Vanderbilt hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years, of course. Its latest loss came in the form of a 62-0 humbling at the hands of Georgia on Saturday afternoon to drop them to 1-3 on the season.

As for the Panthers, they open Sun Belt play against Appalachian State on Oct. 2.