It feels like Texas State just opened its current three-game homestand.
In reality, the Bobcats wrap it up tomorrow night against South Alabama.
Many expected Texas State to claim bowl eligibility by the end of this recent three-game stretch, but now Dennis Franchione’s team is fighting to put itself in position for that going forward. A loss to Louisiana-Monroe stalled the Bobcats’ momentum, but last week’s victory over Georgia State put them even closer to the six-win plateau.
So what’s it going to take for Texas State to beat the Jaguars and move even closer to the possibility of reaching a bowl game? Ultimately it will come down to a complete team effort and a balanced offense, something the Bobcats were only able to put together once this season in their most dominant win this year.
Want to know what to expect from Saturday’s game? Here are three bold predictions about the tilt between Texas State and USA.
No. 1 — Texas State will keep Romelle Jones out of the backfield.
Reason — Jones, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle, is one of the Jaguars’ more talented defensive linemen. Teams usually don’t know how to defend him. Look for Texas State to double him with Matt Freeman and Felix Romero to free up some space in the middle of the field and hold Jones without a sack or tackle for a loss. Not sure if the same can be said for USA defensive end Alex Page, who might have a big game against the Bobcats’ young offensive tackles.
No. 2 — Robert Lowe rushes for more than 130 yards.
Reason — Since Lowe took over the starting position against Texas Tech, he’s been unstoppable. In five starts, Lowe has eclipsed the 100-yard mark four times. If the Red Raiders couldn’t hold Lowe under 100 yards, don’t expect the Jaguars to do so. Lowe should score one or two touchdowns.
No. 3 — Texas State wins if it passes for more than 150 yards.
Reason — This would mean the Bobcats actually throw the ball vertically, which would take pressure off of their rushing attack. Lowe and Chris Nutall have had to carry the load and have done a marvelous job with it, but at some point the coaches need to take pressure off their shoulders and it will be needed this game.
Think I’m crazy? Got some of your own? Let me know.