When asked to sum up how the team did through the first six games of the 2013 season, Texas State senior wide receiver Andy Erickson took a rather simplistic approach in talking about the 3-3 Bobcats.
“We’re 50 percent right now,” Erickson said. “We’re .500. We have six games ahead of us. We can win every one. We have an opportunity to win every game if we come out and play our game. We could go out 9-3. We just need to focus on ourselves, make sure we play our best and stop making some of the stupid mistakes that we’ve been making.”
Those ‘stupid mistakes,’ as Erickson put it, include three turnovers in 16 plays by the offense against Texas Tech, the defense breaking down in the Laugher in Lafayette and a myriad of penalties last Saturday in a 21-14 setback to Louisiana-Monroe. Believe it or not, all of those things happened in losses.
Let’s not forget about some positives: Texas State’s improved defense, the development of true freshman quarterback Tyler Jones and sophomore running back Robert Lowe establishing himself as the best option out of the backfield.
Based on what happened so far this season, 3-3 is about where the Bobcats should be. Even though Texas State wants to be undefeated, a team has to be nearly perfect for that to happen and as we know, Dennis Franchione’s bunch has been far from it this season.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats must tighten the bolts and get back to what put them on the radar after their huge win over Wyoming. Texas State has three winnable games coming up (two at home), but one victory would go a long way to help its confidence that took a shot these last few weeks.