State of the Season: Texas State

We're just over halfway through the season, and it's probably a good time to take a look at how the Bobcats have fared through seven games. 

The Road so far

After a win against FCS opponent Houston Baptist, excuse me, a comeback win over Houston Baptist, the Bobcats lost six straight. In those three losses they've lost to Pac 12 Colorado, Mountain West foe Wyoming, rival UTSA, and three Sun Belt losses. 

Of those three conference losses, Appalachian State was the most promising. The 'Cats came up just one yard short against the Mountaineers. The Bobcats couldn't keep up with Louisiana Monroe and lost in a competitive game at Louisiana Lafayette. 

The Road Ahead

Damian Williams

Damian Williams

If you're looking for a Sun Belt win, circle this week's matchup with Coastal Carolina. Circle it in pencil; it's not a given. Two weeks later Georgia State comes calling for another prime opportunity. 3-9 may seem like a bad season, and yes it is, but the Bobcats are improving, and two conference wins are two more than last season. 

The other three games are a home date with an improved New Mexico State team and a brutal two-game road trip to Arkansas State and Troy. If Texas State can pick off the Aggies or, miracle of miracles, either ASU or Troy, then screw it, four wins is a good season. 

Issues up front

Building a program is hard, and it happens in phases. Often one of the last phases to grow and develop are the offensive and defensive fronts. Finding young players mature enough, big enough, and skilled enough to compete at the college level is very difficult. Often those kids who are ready aren't going to want to show up at Texas State; they'll be bound for power fives or more established group of five programs. Recruiting linemen for Texas State is based on projecting players down the road then building them into that mold. 

The Bobcats are well on their way to developing font line and depth at their skill positions, but the offensive line group lacks both. On the defensive side, Texas State's young frontline players are improving, but depth is an issue. Football is a line of scrimmage game, and until Everett Withers recruits and grows a better line base, Texas State's struggles will continue. 

First Half MVP

Gabe Loyd

Gabe Loyd

Gabe Loyd is the model of consistency for the Bobcats. The senior from St. Louis is second on the team in tackles, second in tackles for loss, second in sacks and tied for the team lead in passes defended. He's at his best against Texas State's most talented opponents; he registered twelve stops against Colorado and eight at Wyoming. He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble at Wyoming. He and sophomore Bryan London give the Bobcats a formidable interior linebacking duo.  

Key Stat

Texas State averages just 3.07 yards per carry. In only one game this season the Bobcats have averaged more than three yards a carry. 

Here's another one just for grins, the Bobcats have allowed 23 sacks this season and average four sacks allowed per game in conference. 

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Posted on October 22, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Texas State.