Mid-Season Report: Texas State

Bobcat Magazine Staff

Bobcat Magazine Staff

Is this the end of the Franchione era? It's getting hot in here. The 'Cats are 2-4 with their only wins against Prairie View and South Alabama. To their credit Texas State played a fairly tough out of conference schedule, but the team has been unable to take a step forward after a seven win 2015.

Franchione is now a whopping two games over .500 in six years at Texas State. The natives are getting restless.

FIRST HALF MVP: Tyler Jones

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

We're giving it to Tyler Jones. Tough call, not because there are a ton of options, but because Texas State has been mediocre at best this season offensively. Jones has completed 61% of his passes with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

Jones is coming off two of his worse starts this season against Louisiana Lafayette and South Alabama and his numbers have regressed through seven games this season. Still Jones has been the Bobcats' most consistent offensive threat.

If there were a specialized MVP, say like a uni-tasker of the year it might go to Brandon Smith as a kick returner. Smith is among the national leaders in kick-off returns with averaging 24.5 yards a return with a touchdown against the aforementioned Ragin' Cajuns. 

BIGGEST WIN: South Alabama

We can choose between two, Prairie View and South Alabama. Give us South Alabama, we guess. Big win Fran. Enjoy it.

WORST LOSS: Louisiana Lafayette

So you want to compete in the Sun Belt? You're gonna have to compete against Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, and Louisiana Lafayette. Texas State opened their conference slate and laid a dud in Lafayette. Tyler Jones completed under 40% of his passes and the Bobcats defense allowed over 500 yards. 

WHAT NOW?

Let's get nuts! Texas State needs to make a bowl game or Fran may need to go or make serious staff changes. With two winds out of six, that's going to be a tough task. The schedule makes it almost impossible. Texas State the bottom feeders of the league New Mexico State and Louisiana Monroe are still on the schedule. Still, Georgia Southern, a trip to Moscow Idaho, and Arkansas State are on the schedule as well. Even Georgia State, a perennial homecoming opponent are a tough out.

Three wins appears optimistic, even that may not be enough. 

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