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Breakdown of the Texas State 2015 Football Schedule

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by Eduardo Lerma
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Coach Karen Chisum has earned her 800th win. Pitcher Randi Rupp had a perfect game. Baseball ended their season in the Sun Belt Tournament, all of these great highlights occurred while football stayed idle at Texas State, but now the wait for football is over. The Texas State Bobcats would like to change history as they tackle this highly anticipated season with a pair of powerhouse teams in Florida State and the Houston Cougars. The Bobcats have been victorious 9 out of the last 11 season openers and are looking to avenge themselves from a snagged bowl invite, left stranded with a 7-5 record.

This upcoming season looks promising as they have a number of returning starters on the offense side of the ball.

@Florida State: The Bobcats will travel to Tallahassee, Florida on Sept 5th looking to upset the Seminoles as a 29 point underdog. The classic story of David and Goliath might re-write itself on the first football Saturday of the fall. The Bobcats will have to rely on senior running back Rob Lowe and quarterback Tyler Jones’s ability with the option. The Seminoles will have to be disciplined with their very talented freshmen to put the Bobcats away quick.

Prairie View A&M: The Bobcats’ home opener on Sept 12th will be looking to keep the fan base happy as they host the Prairie View A&M Panthers. The Bobcats have had positive scores in the past and this year shouldn’t be any different. Be on the lookout for some players you might not know, get some playing time, and make the difference of the game for Coach Fran and the Bobcats in Bobcat Stadium.

Southern Miss: September 19th will be Family Weekend, as the Southern Miss Eagles come to San Marcos. The Bobcats will try to repeat the 2013 outcome as the Bobcats were victorious, thanks to a quarterback keep by Tyler Arndt. This season however, Chris Nutall will more than likely be the one running the ball against the Eagles.

@Houston: This trip to Houston will be a memorable one for the Bobcats I can assure you of that. The last time the Bobcats were in Houston it was the first game as a FBS team. That game ended with an upset and Texas State will try to repeat it again, and go back-to-back against the Cougars.

@University of Louisiana Lafayette: The Bobcats will be traveling again on October 10th as they travel to Cajun Field. Texas State has had trouble with the Ragin’ Cajun for two seasons and will try to change that. Louisiana Lafayette has lost their star quarterback Terrance Broadway and the Bobcats will try to take advantage of it, in their first Sun Belt Conference game of the season. This game, in my opinion, is pivotal for how the other Sunbelt teams look at Texas State in terms as force in the Sun Belt Conference.

South Alabama: The Jaguars come to Jim Wacker field with their heads (and ego) high as they won the last meeting they had against the bobcats. The key for the Bobcats, who are looking to get revenge for a 24-20 loss to the Jags a year ago, will be the passing game. Quarterback Tyler Jones’ ability to find wide receivers Demun Mercer and CJ Best will determine whether this game goes down as a win or a loss.

@Georgia Southern: The defending Conference Champions will not brake for anyone and that might include Texas State, if they continue their trend from their rookie year in the Sun Belt Conference. Another, key piece that makes this one tough for Texas State: The Bobcats are on the road. With that said, the stats show that the Bobcats are better on the road, than they are at home. This might be one of the biggest games of the season, and if it is, look for a lot (and we really do mean a lot) of running from both teams throughout the game.

New Mexico State: The New Mexico State Aggies have a lot of JUCO transfers this season and will plan to use them to try to get a win over the Bobcats. Texas State, on the other hand, will be trying to extend upon their number of wins for the year, with a 3-game-series at home, and the New Mexico State Aggies are just the beginning.

Georgia State: The Georgia State Panthers were 1-11 last season, but before you start celebrating, this does not mean the Bobcats have a bye-week. The key to winning this game will be the home crowd and the ability to pass the ball freely. Remember, just a year ago the Bobcats scored 27 points in the first half alone.

University of Louisiana Monroe: The last home game of the year is against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, who will be hosted by the “Bowl Bound” (hopefully) Bobcats. This is another pivotal game as Head Coach Dennis Franchionne looks to light the fireworks at Bobcat Stadium for the last time in 2015. The Bobcats have history of not putting the Warhawks away quick but this year could be different as it will also be “Senior Day” in San Marcos.

@ Idaho: The first of the last two away games starts with a long trip the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. Tyler Jones and the run game should be pretty solid by then and could prove to be too much for the Vandals. I’ve got this marked as a ‘W’ for the Bobcats, but nevertheless it should be a good game for the books.

@Arkansas State: Last game of the season is against the Red Wolves of Arkansas State. As aforementioned this is an away game, and for Dennis Franchionne and company it will be a huge step in Texas State’s program to defeat the Red Wolves two times in a row, if they can make it happen.

All in all, Texas State Football definitely controls its own destiny this season and they will contest hard. It will be interesting to see where the Bobcats will fare at the end of the year.

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