The Prairie View Panthers come in to San Marcos with a 1-0 record off of their 38-11 victory against Texas Southern. The Panthers have struggled over the past few seasons, but under first year head coach, Willie Simmons, they started off the season strong with nearly 500 total yards of offense in the opener. Last season, the Panthers went 5-5 but went 4-1 on the road in the SWAC conference. In 2014 their offense averaged 37 points per game, while allowing 35 points per game to opponents. Texas State should have an opportunity to put up some points in this game, especially running the football; Prairie View gave up over 200 yards per game on the ground last season.
QB Trey Green (Jr.) is a dual threat quarterback who led the Panthers offense in their victory last weekend with 248 total yards and three touchdowns. This is his first year as a starter. Green possesses good size at 6’3’’ 220 pounds.
RB Johnta Hebert (Sr.) was the leading rusher for the Panthers last year with over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 5’10’’ 200 pounds, look for them to lean on him to get the offense established early on against the Bobcats. In their opener, he received the largest number of carries, but only ran for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Keys to Victory
Texas State last played Prairie View in 2013 and earned a 28-3 victory at home. Look for a similar result this season. This week, the coaches have been challenging the players even more so at practice, look for them to come out determined to get a victory.
This is a game where the Bobcats need to execute on all cylinders and need to work on all aspects of their game plan leading up to conference play. Look for Head Coach Dennis Franchione to establish the run early with Robert Lowe, Chris Nutall, and Tyler Jones. Running the football is critical for this offense, so look for them to work on getting the offensive line in sync to make some big holes for the ball carriers. On defense, look for better assignment football and a more aggressive pass rush, something that severely lacked against Florida State.
Also, look for Texas State to continue the trend of protecting the football and not getting penalized. This was the lone bright spot against the Seminoles and something that will need to continue as the schedule gets tougher in Sun Belt play.