After two discouraging weeks for you Bobcats, Texas State returns home to take on Louisiana Lafayette.
Here are interesting tidbits we're watching for:
They played Alabama Last Week
Has there been a more significant discrepancy in talent from one week to the next than Alabama to Texas State? That’s what Louisiana Lafayette is facing this week. Alabama did Alabama type stuff to the Cajuns last week. That kind of rigor can take a lot out of a team. SEC squads often talk about needing more time to recover from a game against the Tide. Be on the lookout for any lingering effects.
Flexing Up Front
The Bobcats are making two changes to their front both on the right side as Josiah Washington moves in to start at right guard and true freshman Kyler Cooks starts at right tackle. Cooks came in for Jacob Rowland against UTSA two weeks ago. The left side of the line and center Reece Jordan remain intact.
Cooks, from northeast Texas small school power Liberty Eylau, challenged for a starting position in fall camp. True freshman Jalen Momerelle moves to backup guard. Rowland by the way listed as a backup at both right guard and tackle on the right side while the former starter at right guard Tate Heitmeyer moves to backup center.
Tyler Vitt came in for an injured Willie Jones two weeks ago in San Antonio. Vitt played well, though he did turn the ball over twice. Coaches list Jones as the starter this week with the vague “or” separating he and Vitt. Jones hasn’t done much to lose the job this season and Vitt didn’t shine so brightly last week to take the role. They’ll both benefit from a better run game. Speaking of that…
Run the Dang Ball
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but for a team that runs the ball 60% of the time, Texas State doesn’t run efficiently. The Bobcats rush for less than 3.5 yards per carry.
Louisiana Lafayette, on the other hand, run 58% of their snaps and averages 5.91 yards per carry, good enough for 13th in the FBS. The Bobcats are doing a pretty good job controlling opponents on the ground, allowing just 3.77 yards per game.
Texas State’s offensive continuity depends on their ability to run the football. Granted three wins is a small sample size, but in the last two years, in wins, the Bobcats average 4.85 yards per carry. In thirteen losses, the ‘Cats average 2.96 yards per carry.