College Football News Preview 2020: Texas State Bobcats Keys To The Season
Biggest Key To The Texas State Bobcats Offense
Start tutoring the ball down the field more without screwing up. That’s where either Memphis transfer Brady McBride or veteran Tyler Vitt have to become special for an offense that was the second-worst in the nation in interceptions thrown and with just 10.4 yard per completion.
There wasn’t any running game with everything revolving around the passing attack.. There were only two 300-yard days with an attack that that failed to hit six yards per throw in six games.
Cut the interceptions in half, and average more than 6.6 yards per throw for the first time since 2014, and the Bobcat offense would start to work.
Biggest Key To The Texas State Bobcats Defense
The run defense couldn’t hold up well enough.
How bad was it? The Bobcats allowed 200 yards or more in eight of the 12 games and lost seven those.
More plays in the backfield are a must, more third down stops would help, and more hits on the quarterback would make a massive difference. However, stopping teams from going on long drives and controlling the clock is going to be everything.
It wasn’t like they were giving up a ton of big runs – teams were able to hammer away as they ground up yards drive after drive.
Key Texas State Bobcats Player To A Successful Season
QB Brady McBride, Soph.
The quarterbacks weren’t effective enough. Tyler Vitt and Gresch Jensen combined to throw for close to 3,000 yards, but the 20 interceptions with 16 touchdown passes weren’t enough.
The coaching staff needs a star quarterback to build around, and the hope is that it’s McBride.
He left Memphis as it became obvious that Brady White was going to be the main man – and now it needs to be McBride who rises up and becomes fantastic.
The 6-0, 204-pound sophomore is a dangerous runner as well as a downfield passer. If he’s great – or if Vitt is a lot better – the entire program changes.
Key Game To The Texas State Bobcats Season
at ULM, Sept. 19
Can the Bobcats get off to a good start? With road games at Troy and South Alabama in Sun Belt play – and both winnable – there’s a shot to change around the momentum from the end of last year with a win over the Warhawks.
Texas State has lost four straight to ULM after coming up with a two-game winning streak. With most of the games in the back half of the season at home, every early road win means a ton.
– Texas State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2019 Texas State Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 70 – Texas State 29
– Time of Possession: Opponents 33:15 – Texas State 26:44
– Sacks: Opponents 30 for 207 yards – Texas State 13 for 56 yards