Pregame questions for the Bobcats

Senior Sports Reporter

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Here are five questions relevant to the Texas State football teams’ game against Houston. The sports staff will answer these questions following the game.

1. WILL THE TEXAS STATE DEFENSE GET BACK ON TRACK?

To say the Texas State’s defense struggled last week would be an understatement. The Bobcats allowed 56 points and 613 yards against Southern Miss. Now Texas State is traveling to Houston to face off against another high-octane offense. Houston is led by the dual-threat Greg Ward Jr., Cougars junior quarterback, who averages 355 total yards per game, ninth in the nation. The Cougars are averaging 246 rushing yards, which is ranked 17th in the NCAA. This Saturday Texas State’s defense will have another challenge.

2. HOW MANY POINTS WILL BE SCORED?

Both teams come into this game with the combination of a high-paced offense and questions on defense. This should lead to a bunch of points on Saturday, but how many? Houston’s passing defense averages 318.5 yards per game, which is ranked 119th in the nation, but Texas State’s passing defense is ranked even lower at 122nd. Watch for both offenses to take advantage through the air.

3. HOW WILL TEXAS STATE PLAY ON THE ROAD?

Texas State has played one game on the road, and it was against the superior Florida State. The Bobcats lost 59-16, but it was not a reasonable sample size to determine how well the team can play on the road. Now the Bobcats will be a double-digit underdog on the road to show how they can play in a winnable away game. The last time Texas State traveled to Houston, the Bobcats won 30-13 in 2012.

4. HOW WILL HOUSTON RESPOND AFTER BEATING LOUISVILLE?

Houston came into the season with high expectations, and the team proved itself worthy by winning at Louisville, 34-31. The Cougars scored on a 15-yard pass from Ward with 3:09 remaining, giving them the lead that ultimately won them the game. Houston did not play last week, but the excitement of the win could still be in the Cougars’ minds. A loss of focus could be in store for Houston after their big win.

5. CAN TYLER JONES AND THE OFFENSE STAY HOT?

Texas State scored 113 points in the last two games. Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, led the high-scoring offense in the two explosive offensive plays with 588 yards passing and 208 yards on the ground. The junior scored nine touchdowns in the last two games and has Texas State ranked 20th in the NCAA in total offense. All eyes will be on Jones again this weekend, and the Bobcats will go as far as their quarterback can take them. 

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