By Eddie Lerma
Assistant Sports Director
September 3, 2016 at Ohio
The Bobcats of Texas State have never faced the Bobcats of Ohio. The first game of the 2016 season will be in Athens, Ohio where former Nebraska football head coach Frank Solich is king. Solich and his Bobcats finished 8-5 in 2015 ending with a 31-29 loss against Appalachian State at the Camellia Bowl. Texas State will be competing against Ohio in the first ever Bobcat Bowl.
September 17, 2016 at Arkansas
The second game of the season will be in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Arkansas Razorbacks had a solid season in 2015 finishing with a 7-5 record. The Bobcats will look to upset the SEC titan in their first ever meeting. Arkansas’ Bret Bielema is in his fourth season in Fayetteville and holds an 18-20 record with the Razorbacks.
September 24, 2016 vs Houston
The Houston Cougars are arguably the best team in Texas and the Bobcats have a chance to dethrone them at home. The Cougars had a 13-1 overall record in 2015 with a signature 38-24 win against the Florida State Seminoles in the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl. The Bobcats have an overall 4-2 record versus the Cougars.
October 1, 2016 vs Incarnate Word
The last non-conference game of the season indicates that family weekend will be in full effect when the Cardinals of Incarnate Word face Texas State at Bobcat Stadium. Incarnate Word had a 6-5 overall record in 2015. The Cardinals and the Bobcats will be meeting for the first time.
October 8, 2016 at Georgia State
The first Sun Belt Conference match-up for the Bobcats will be at the Georgia Dome when they face the Georgia State Panthers. The Panthers had a winning season in 2015 and their first bowl appearance, the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Texas State leads the series 2-1 but lost 41-19 last season.
October 15, 2016 at UL Monroe
The Bobcats will travel to Monroe, Louisiana for their second Sun Belt Conference match-up. UL Monroe had a 2-11 overall record last season. In 2015, the Bobcats defeated the Warhawks 16-3. This season, UL Monroe will have a new head football coach in Matt Viator. Viator comes from McNeese State a former SWT rival.
October 22, 2016 vs UL Lafayette
Texas State will be hosting the Ragin’ Cajuns for the 2016 Bobcat homecoming. The Bobcats and Ragin’ Cajuns have faced each other three times and UL Lafayette has won all three encounters. UL Lafayette had a 4-8 overall record in 2015. This match-up will be the first Sun Belt Conference home game for Texas State.
November 5, 2016 at Appalachian State
The Bobcats will travel to Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Bobcat head football coach Everett Withers spent his collegiate career as a defensive back at Appalachian State. Last season Appalachian State had an 11-2 record. The last time these two teams met was in 2004 where the mountaineers defeated the Bobcats at the FCS level.
November 12, 2016 vs Idaho
Texas State will host the Idaho Vandals who went 4-8 last season. Paul Petrino is in his fourth season with the Vandals and currently holds a 6-29 overall record there. Texas State and Idaho tie for the series record at 4-4. Idaho is returning 20 starters from the 2015 season including junior quarterback Matt Linehan, who ranked 29th in the nation in completion percentage.
November 19, 2016 at New Mexico State
The Bobcats will travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the last Sun Belt Conference away game. New Mexico State and Texas State both went 3-9 in 2015 but the Bobcats lead the series record 2-1. Larry Rose III, the Sun Belt Conference leading rusher will be trouble for the Bobcats if the defense can’t stop the run.
November 26, 2016 vs Troy
The Troy Trojans come to San Marcos and both teams have new head football coaches. Troy hired Neal Brown and will be looking at a new regime change. In the last six encounters with the Trojans, the Bobcats have lost five. Troy is in a rebuilding season, but so are the Bobcats. The team that rebuilds the fastest wins this one.
December 3, 2016 vs Arkansas State
Tyler Jones could be playing his last collegiate game when the 2015 Sun Belt Conference champions come to San Marcos on Senior Day. The Red Wolves by this point have another championship a lock or thinking about the post-season and the Cats need to see how they measure against the Sun Belt juggernaut. Senior Day celebrations will also be in full effect in this game which could also mean “Sad Day” for Bobcat seniors.