For Everett Withers, operation win more than twice is in full effect. If you look at games as opportunities, then Texas State has four decent chances to make some ground as a result of their out of conference slate, divided though it is.
at Rutger, September 1
Lovely Piscataway, New Jersey, the postcard of America's eastern seaboard. That's where Texas State travels to open the 2018 season. The first-ever meeting between the Scarlet Knight and the Bobcats will be telling. Texas State is 0-7 vs. Power 5 teams since transitioning to the FBS. They've lost by an average score of 46-12. Rutgers opens as a 13 point favorite in this one.
Texas Southern, September 8
Texas State returns home to take on SWAC member Texas Southern. Look for this to be a coming out party for the Bobcats young talent who'll line up against an inferior team. This needs to be a confidence-building afternoon for Withers' crew. A week later they travel to Mobile to open league play against South Alabama.
at UTSA, September 22
The I-35 Rivalry returns to San Antonio for what should be an interesting contest. If Withers and the rest of the Cats want to sell us on progress, this is the venue to do it. UTSA is rebuilding their offense with a new quarterback and four new offensive line starters. If Texas State can make this one competitive that's tangible progress.
New Mexico State, October 27
After three league games, the Bobcats welcome the Aggies to San Marcos. Last years game was much closer than most anticipated. The Aggies lost one of the best quarterbacks you've never heard of (Tyler Rogers) and one of the best backs no one in the state recruited (Larry Rose). Those losses will give Texas State a chance to beat the Aggies, a bowl team in 2017. It's been 57 years since anyone's been able to write that sentence.
There you go, pay your dollar and take your chance. If you think Rutgers is a bridge too far, then you've got one game the Bobcats should win and two games that the 'Cats have a chance to win. That's two more winnable games than last year's schedule. They'll be winnable games because Texas State's roster is improving and those improvements have to show up on the field, starting in 2018.