The Texas State Bobcats play men’s football in the Sun Belt Conference. Some years, they play very well. That was true last season, in 2014. The Bobcats, under the leadership of fifth year Head Coach Dennis Franchione, produced a very solid Won-Loss record of 7-5, winning five out of eight Conference games.
Sadly, this good team was the only squad in college football to win seven games and get overlooked for a bowl game. Yes, the Bobcats, much to their chagrin and disappointment , were treated like a losing team.
Coach Franchione and fans of the team have not forgotten the insult. The Coach, for his part, began the new season as a “man on a mission.” He is determined to lead his team to an even better season and, as a result, make it impossible for Texas State to be overlooked for a bowl game once again.
The Bobcats began the new 2015 Season on Saturday, September 5th with a road game against tenth-ranked Florida State. The results were neither good nor encouraging. The Seminoles overwhelmed the visitors, beating them by a score of 59-16.
Texas Tech University played its second game at home on September 12th. In this contest, the Bobcats blasted Prairie View A&M by a final score of 63-24. This past Saturday, September 19th, Texas State University stayed at home and hosted the visiting University of Southern Mississippi. The final score sent fans home grumbling to themselves because the Bobcats lost. The final score was 56-50.
After just three games, it has become readily apparent that the Bobcats are something of an offensive juggernaut. They can score, but what must be disturbing to this squad is the fact that it can’t seem to stop opponents from scoring.
There is still a lot of time to improve defensive play. The Bobcats have several more home games on the schedule, including visits from the University of South Alabama on October 24th, New Mexico State University on November 7th, Georgia State University on November 14th and the University of Louisiana-Monroe on November 19th.
Road games for this team will have it traveling to the University of Houston on September 26th, Louisiana-Lafayette University on October 10th, Georgia Southern University on October 29th, the University of Idaho on November 28th and Arkansas State University on December 5th.
Texas State University has the ability to beat many of the teams on its schedule. That, of course, doesn’t mean this underappreciated squad will prevail frequently in the games it plays at home and on the road. As is always the case, especially in college football, motivated and committed players often provide the energy needed to turn competitive games into wins.
The Bobcats may have those kinds of players. And, as a result, they should win more than they lose. And, if all goes as planned, this team will earn an invitation to a bowl game.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report