The Texas State Bobcats kick off the 2012 season in Houston Saturday. This year is a groundbreaking one for Texas State’s athletic department and especially the football team. First season as a FBS football team, first and only season in the Western Athletic Conference, and a newly renovated stadium designed to hold up to 30,000 fans.
There has been so much excitement surrounding the football team and the upcoming Texas Tech game that it is a concern the Bobcats are overlooking week one. Earlier this week, Coach Franchione addressed the media assuring that is not the case. Fran talked to his team a lot this week about staying focused on the task at hand and come Saturday their job is to beat the Houston Cougars. We still don’t know who will be taking the field Saturday night to take the first snap as quarterback for the Bobcats, but both Tyler Arndt and Shaun Rutherford are prepared to.
When asked about the quarterback situation, Fran stated he feels like the team has two starting quarterbacks as opposed to a starter and a backup. He went on to say that we will most likely see both quarterbacks play in tomorrow night’s game. For Houston, we will see sophomore David Piland play at quarterback. The Bobcats are relieved to not be facing Case Keenum, but Piland is no stranger to the pressure of the position. Piland started 8 games for Houston in 2010 as a true freshman throwing for 2,641 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Cougars have a high powered offense and have no trouble moving the ball. No team in college football has racked up more offensive yards than Houston in the past six seasons. Coach Fran said earlier this week that he understands they are going to move the ball, their goal will be to put pressure on Piland and hopefully affect his accuracy.
Expect to see the Bobcats give the ball to either Marcus Curry or Terrence Franks quite a few times tomorrow. Together they totaled 1,500 rushing yards last season. Not only is Coach Fran is confident in his team this week but the players are confident in themselves. Offensive lineman Thaddeus Watkins talked about the team’s new level of confidence coming into this season. Watkins explained how the team is no longer having to learn a whole new offense like last year but instead focusing on getting better every day. The Bobcats are overall stronger and tougher this year feel as if they are up to the challenge of playing FBS football. Hopefully the Bobcats’ strength can beat the Cougars’ speed tomorrow night as Texas State takes on the University of Houston.
Kick-off from Houston is at 7 o’clock tomorrow. You can hear all of the games on 89.9 KTSW!