Game Preview: South Alabama

Texas State wants to get the ball rolling again after defeating Georgia State last week. BI thinks they will be tested in both the secondary and running game. Let's see what matchups will prove most crucial come Saturday.

This Saturday's Homecoming game gives Texas State a chance at hosting the biggest crowd thus far this season. Will this mean a win for the home team? BI thinks it'll have more to do with it.

Texas State showed the type of game they need to play in order to win last week. It seems clear. Run the ball effectively on offense, and stop the run on defense. However, the 'Cats match up with a much more capable opponent in the Jaguars. These are the match-ups that will decide the game come Saturday.

1. Texas State's Front 7 vs. South Alabama's Rushing Attack

Texas State is going up against an offense that averages 175 yards per game on the ground. What's surprising is they don't have a rusher that averages even half of their game total. The Jaguars have Jay Jones, lead RB, averaging 63 yards a game and a quarterback that averages 40 yards as well. The other 72 yards a game come from 5 other players. If Texas State wants to keep their opposition under 100 yards, it'll take stopping 7 different players. Texas State does look favorable in this match-up, seeing that they are the 11th ranked rushing defense in the nation. David Mayo was banged up last week, and though it's been confirmed it isn't season ending he may or may not be back this week. Senior Damion McMiller may be asked to step up again, hopefully he will perform just as well as last week.

2. Texas State's Secondary vs. QB Ross Metheny

As opposed to having one of the best rushing defenses in all of college football, the passing defense tells a different story. The Bobcats' secondary doesn't even rank in the top 100 in passing yards allowed nor passing yards allowed per completion. QB Ross Metheny is averaging 215 yards a game, less than Texas State allows on average. However, this should be a worry should the Bobcats force the Jaguars to become one dimensional. They score more than 30 points a game. Yes, only 7 of their touchdowns so far have been through the air, but it's the fact that teams seem to pass on the 'Cats secondary and have had success.

3. Lowe and Friends vs. USA's Running Defense

South Alabama has only allowed 6 rushing touchdowns this season. Their weakness seems to be the secondary that has allowed 15 TDs. However, with coach Fran's "conservative play-calling" as he said himself, the Bobcats may be worried about trying to take advantage of the weaker parts of the defense. Rob Lowe may just have to step up once again. This week he was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week and certainly deserved it. Lowe is now top 35 nationally in rushing yards. South Alabama allows 163 yards on the ground every game. It's only safe to assume they will have the load on their shoulders once again.

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