Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. The 2015 Texas State Bobcats returns twelve starters on both sides of the Football. The program has been in the Sun Belt Conference since the 2013-14 season. Head Coach Dennis Franchione is a veteran in the coaching ranks and has a good recruiting base in the “LONE STAR STATE”. The campus is in San Marcos, Texas and has grown to the fourth-largest university in talent-rich Texas. Franchione is in his fourth season with 36 wins and 34 losses. The Bobcats has the University of Illinois on the ropes in 2014 before losing 42-15. Texas State went 7-5 in 2014. There is optimism for the 2015 season with a potent offense. The Bobcats play at 30,850 seat Apogee Stadium.
The 2015 Texas State Bobcats have an efficient passing quarterback under center again this season. Tyler Jones has completed 64.5 percent of his passes in the past two seasons as a starter. The Stephenville, Texas native is also a running threat with nearly 800 yards in two seasons. Running Back Robert Lowe rushed for 1,091 yards in 2014 and were also back. Lowe also scored thirteen touchdowns. Two experienced receivers return led by Brandon Smith, who had 414 yards on 36 catches. JUCO transfer Chris French will also help with the passing attack. Three starters return on the offensive line, including All-Sun Belt Left tackle Adrian Ballard. Texas State was 9-3 on Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total six times, staying under the betting odds total five and had a push.
*The Bobcats were 3-3 at home last season ATS.
*Texas State was 6-0 to the Number away from San Marcos.
*The betting odds over total came in twice in San Marcos.
*Texas State went over the betting odds total four times on the road.
*The betting odds under the total came in twice on the road.
*Texas State offense ranked 25th in the FBS in total offense, 464.6 yards per game.
*the passing game averaged 225.9 yards per contest through the air.
*the offense scored 33.8 ppg, 33rd in College Football.
*The rushing attack grounded out 238.7 yards per game, 20th nationally.
The Texas State defense returns five starters. One starter at cornerback decided to transfer. Senior Cornerback David Mims is back and will look to improve on his team-leading five interceptions. Safety Demetrius Woodard was a part-time starter but saw significant action last season. The core of Linebackers has the most experience, led by Senior Trey McGowan. Dallas McCarty and Mershed Dillion complete the group. The defensive line lacks experience.
*the defense allowed 446.1 yards per game to opponents last season, 101st in the nation.
*The Texas State pass defense gave up 243.2 yards per game, 88th in the FBS.
*the rush defense allowed 202.8 yards per contest on the ground, 102nd in NCAA Football.
*The 27.7 ppg given up by the defense was 88th in NCAA Football.
*The Texas State Bobcats will open the 2015 season at Florida State on September 5th. The schedule looks favorable. The Bobcats don’t play Appalachian State in 2015.
The Bobcats also travel to Sun Belt favorites Arkansas State and Georgia Southern.
Bovada lists Texas State at over/under seven wins in 2015.