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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 126 Texas State Bobcats

2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 126 Texas State Bobcats


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Texas State Bobcats


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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 126: Texas State Bobcats


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Texas State Bobcats


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No. 126: Texas State Bobcats

Texas State Bobcats Prespring Status

It was a disastrous first season under Everett Withers, but it was supposed to be a transitional season in several ways. By the end of the year, this might have been the worst team in college football – the three-overtime opening weekend win over Ohio was a total aberration – but again, this wasn’t a shocker. Considering the Bobcats were blown out in their nine of their ten losses by 20 points or more, there’s still a long way to go. Fortunately, there’s more experience for Withers to work with this time around.

Texas State Bobcats Biggest Issue

The line play has to be far, far better. Can the running game that finished 18th in the nation two years ago and way dead last in college last year find a ground attack? The O line returns four starters, but it didn’t do much of anything to grind things out while allowing 44 sacks. On the other side, the defense was abysmal at getting into the backfield, coming up with just nine sacks. There’s experience, but now everyone on the lines have to be better at playing college football.

Texas State Bobcats Biggest Positive

There’s a decent group of backs to try getting that ground attack going behind the veteran line, and all the top receivers are back. QB Tyler Jones might be gone, but Mississippi State transfer Damian Williams should be an upgrade. The top backup options are done, with Eddie Printz, Tanner Hodges and Connor White all bolting for different things, but if Williams can establish himself right away as the dual-threat playmaker he was expected to grow into as a Bulldog, all of a sudden, this O could work.

Really, Why Are The Texas State Bobcats Ranked Here?

There are still way, way too many question marks on both sides of the ball. There might be veterans across the board, but the team was so bad and so ineffective by the end of 2016 – including a 50-10 loss to a New Mexico State team ranked lower in these prespring rankings – that it’s asking a lot for a massive Year Two turnaround.