Opportunity in Tallahassee

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by Caleb-Ryan Davis
Sports Director

Photo by Warren Schorr.

Throughout most of our lives we’re not granted the chance to know what moments are defining moments before they become them. We are forced to look back and observe the significance of what are now just memories. However, that is not the case for this upcoming Saturday in the early days and nights of September. As I walked to my car on Wednesday, I stepped foot onto the hot asphalt that surrounds Bobcat Stadium, and while I was hundreds of parking spots away from the stadium itself I could hear the echoes of a War Chant that I’ve only heard before on television. It’s a chant and tune that has become familiarized as one of the most jaw-dropping, and powerful sounds that can pierce it’s way through helmets, and into the mindsets of college football teams from all across the nation.

Over the past two seasons, the Florida State Seminoles have lost one time. They have won a National Championship, and have produced a Heisman Trophy winner, all in the time that Texas State has, at most, came what some believe as one win away from its first ever bowl bid. According to Scott Garbarini of the Associated Press, the Seminoles have won all but one game against Sun Belt Conference teams, and that one loss came in 1947 against the University of Troy. So why does it seem like this game won’t be near as lopsided as originally forecasted? Personally, I believe it’s because of opportunity.

Opportunity to prove the national media wrong. In a tweet earlier this morning Darren Rovell tweeted that “If Texas State wanted to make $, change nickname from Bobcats to Armadillos for Necessary Roughness Fans.” referencing the 1991 movie where Texas State University (which hadn’t been created yet), and the “gang of misfits” who make up the team must face off against the number one Texas Colts. While he might of just meant it as a laughable reference, Bobcat fans did not take it lightly in their replies to the ESPN Sports Business reporter. In the movie, the Armadillos defeat the Texas Colts, but don’t bet on anyone in the national media to…well bet on the Bobcats in this game.

Opportunity to prove Coach Fran right, and to help Florida State make history yet again. While the national media might have been looking at this game as a “warm up” game for the Seminoles, the mindset has been the exact opposite for Head Coach Dennis Franchione, as noted in his recent interviews. In an article on Bleacher Report over the Top 50 Greatest Upsets in College Football History the Seminoles made the list three times. (The #1 upset, as you might imagine, is the 2007 Appalachian State win over Michigan). Could Texas State make it a 4th time? Would it be #1?

Lastly, the ‘Cats will step foot in Doak Campbell Stadium and hear that same jaw dropping, and powerful chant that they’ve been practicing to all week, and they will have an opportunity to look around at the 80,000 fans in attendance and know that moment, this Saturday night in Tallahassee will be one of the most defining moments that Texas State and that each of them has ever seen.

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