Texas State looking for a win
So having two byes in the three weeks has only helped fuel more talk and message board banter on whether Texas State still has a shred of hope in saving it's season, or if the 'Cats have essentially thrown in the proverbial towel.
With a defensive coordinator change already, and a defense still giving up 49 points a game, there is a strong sentiment towards the latter. With seven games left in the season, whatever shot TXST has at a resurgence, it must begin Saturday evening.
Here are some facts that the 'Cats can still hang their hat on. The offense is still racking up 200 yards a game on the ground. When Tyler Jones has been able to lead the offense into the red zone, TXST is hitting at an 84% clip, scoring on 16 of 19 drives. For what it's worth, the defense did show improvement against ULL, holding the Ragin' Cajuns to only 14 points in the first half, before fading hard in the second.
What if the 'Cats get healthy? Injuries are a part of the game, but TXST has had some of the worse luck in having a mash unit to key players and contributors. No official announcement, but we are expecting Dennis Franchione to confirm the status of several players at Tuesday's luncheon, Dillon, McClarty, Elvoid, Beck, Cataneo, Hoskins, and others. Starters on both sides of the line. Overcoming the losses of Chris Nutall and Felix Romero, only make things that much more difficult, but getting back key personnel will only help. TXST was down to red shirt freshman Cedric Gambrell, who logged his first reps of D1 action, walk-on Ceaser Guerrero, and Darius Hood.
On Monday afternoon, the odds makers had the 'Cats as a 3.5 point favorite over South Alabama. These are the same Jags who are 3-3 with a win over San Diego State from the Mountain West, and who led Arkansas State at home, 24-20, going into the 3rd quarter before the Red wolves exploded for 20 points in pulling away. Maybe Vegas knows something we don't?
It will not be easy, but it's not impossible for Texas State to make a stand Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium. Even being the early favorite, would it be a surprise to some, yes. A competitive game can do wonders for a teams psyche, but it means absolutely nothing in the win column, something that the Bobcats need desperately.
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The Old Coach01/23/2017