Game Preview: Idaho

The 'Cats travel to Idaho this weekend looking for another "W". Favored by 10, here's this weekend's most crucial match-ups.

Texas State is looking to win 3 straight games for the first time this season. If the match up is anything like last years blow out win (Texas State 38-7), the Bobcats will keep the win streak rolling. Idaho will be in the Sun Belt Conference next year, so this is the last time these two teams will meet in out-of-conference play.

1. Tyler Jones vs. Idaho Secondary

This match-up will be very interesting. The trend coach Fran has followed, giving more responsibility to Jones as needed may be trending upward now. Idaho's passing defense allows 316 yards a game, 120th in the nation. This game could see Jones continue to throw 25 passes or more.

This passing defense is the worst Texas State has played thus far, and should give the freshman QB some big opportunities. Idaho gives up more than 3 TD's through the air per game, but if Jones doesn't step up in the passing game his running ability will surely shine.

2. Lowe/Nutall vs. Idaho front 7

Texas State's running back tandem of Rob Lowe and Chris Nutall may even have a bigger game than Tyler Jones come Saturday. After looking at the Idaho secondary, the second red flag that raises eyes on Idaho's stat sheet is how vulnerable they are defending the run. Last week, Texas State ran for a combined 233 yards against an average rushing defense.

This week against the nation's 115th rushing defense, Texas State looks favorable against a team that concedes 230 rushing yards a game. Idaho has given up more than two rushing touchdowns per game on average and nearly 2000 yards rushing on the season. Head coach Paul Petrino was quoted this week complementing Texas State's ability to attack quickly from the run and has been specifically preparing their defense for it.

3. Texas State's Defense vs. Themselves

Texas State's defense has held extremely well in the past 3 weeks, except in the 4th quarter. The last three games, the Bobcats defense has given up 38 points to opponents in the 4th. Staying ahead in a game has been on the offensive side of the ball lately, but this week against QB Taylor Davis, it may give them a chance to redeem themselves.

The Idaho QB is getting his second straight start and has only completed 37.7% of his passes. Given Idaho only scores 16 points a game and only average 5.5 points in the 4th quarter. This shouldn't pose too great a threat to Texas State come clutch time, but should it be close, this game would certainly be the chance for the defense to close a game out in the 4th quarter.

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