Introducing: Texas State football

Trevor Mcnaboe

Georgia Southern takes to the road this week for their final away game in the Sun Belt against Texas State.

The Bobcats currently are in their second season in the Sun Belt Conference and are having a successful season at 3-1 in conference and 5-3 overall.

Texas State’s program origins began in 1904 and they have an all time record of 489-410-28.

Football has been documented through the media as life in Texas and the support the Bobcats have had from their football program have pushed them to being the fourth largest school in the state.

The road to FBS football has been a long one for the Bobcats as they started as an Independent before transitioning to NAIA, Division II, and the FCS level.

While competing at the D-II level the Bobcats were a member of the Lone Star Conference from 1931-1983.

During this time they won nine conference championships including a stretch of four in a row from 1980-1983.

The Bobcats also won two straight national championships in 1981 and 1982 combining for a 27-1 record.

After 1983 Texas State joined the now defunct Gulf Star Conference for a period of three years until 1986.

From 1987-2010 the Bobcats called the Southland Conference their home along with moving up from Division II to the Division I-AA or FCS level.

Texas State won two conference championships during the 14-year period winning in 2005 and 2008.

After the 2010 season Texas State made the transition to the FBS level starting their inaugural FBS season as an Independent, followed by a single season in the Western Athletic Conference and joining the current Sun Belt in 2013.

Texas State over the program’s history has had multiple rivals including UTSA, Sam Houston State, and Nicholls State.

The head coach of the Bobcats is Dennis Franchione, who is in his second season at his position. Franchione is in his 29th season as a head coach including stops at University of Alabama and Texas A&M.

The game will be played at Bobcat Stadium, a facility that was built in 1981 and holds 30,000.

The record attendance for Texas State was set in 2012 with over 33,000 fans watching the Bobcats take on Texas Tech.

The game will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern time in San Marcos, Texas.