Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 2012 season for the Texas State Bobcats.
How do you think Texas State will do in its inaugural season in the Football Bowl Subdivision? Here’s how beat writer Tyler Mayforth sees it.
Be sure to leave your predictions in the comment section below.
Sept. 1: at Houston
Our Take: This one won’t be as lopsided as 2010 (a 62-28 loss by the Bobcats), but the Cougars prove to be a tough welcoming committee.
Sept. 8: Texas Tech
Our Take: Fumbles killed Texas State against the Red Raiders in 2011, a 50-10 loss in Lubbock. With a record crowd behind them, the Bobcats make it a closer game than many expect.
Sept. 22: Stephen F. Austin
Our Take: Texas State takes out some frustration on a former Southland Conference foe. The Bobcats extend their winning streak against the Lumberjacks to six games.
Sept. 29: Nevada
Our Take: This will be Texas State’s second game against a Top 10 offense from 2011. The Bobcats don’t have the depth or talent yet to keep up with the Wolf Pack.
Oct. 6: at New Mexico
Our Take: The Lobos are in a state of disarray entering the season. A tough schedule to this point leaves New Mexico ripe for the picking. Texas State earns its first win over an FBS team since Louisiana-Monroe in 2000.
Oct. 13: Idaho
Record: 3-3 (1-0)
Our Take: The Bobcats coast to a win over the Vandals, who were beat in Week 1 by Eastern Washington (FCS). Texas State evens its record and posts its first victory in the Western Athletic Conference.
Oct. 27: at San Jose State
Record: 3-4 (1-1)
Our Take: This will be a tough road trip for the Bobcats, as they play on the west coast for the first time since Cal-Poly in 2004. The Spartans win by more than two touchdowns.
Nov. 3: at Utah State
Record: 3-5 (1-2)
Our Take: Two consecutive road trips spell disaster for Texas State. The Bobcats can’t slow down the Aggies’ rushing attack.
Nov. 10: Louisiana Tech
Record: 3-6 (1-3)
Our Take: Texas State might trade scores with the Bulldogs to start the game, but that’s it. Louisiana Tech makes it a track meet and the Bobcats can’t keep up.
Nov. 17: at Navy
Our Take: Texas State hasn’t traveled to the East Coast since 2004, when it lost to Appalachian State. The Bobcats fared well against the triple option in the past (against Nicholls State), but haven’t seen the precision of the Midshipmen’s offense.
Nov. 24: at UTSA
Record: 4-7 (2-3)
Our Take: This game shouldn’t be close. Texas State posts its biggest win of the season — a larger point differential than its game against SFA — in front of one of the largest crowds in Alamodome history.
Dec. 1: New Mexico State
Record: 4-8 (2-4)
Our Take: This one could go either way, but a long schedule catches up to the Bobcats. While the Aggies aren’t great, they send Texas State to the Sun Belt with a loss.