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June 26th, 2009
Preseason mags pick Bobcats to finish high

Preseason football publications expect record-setting passer Bradley George to lead Texas State to a successful 2009 season. Texas State Sports Information photo.

STAFF REPORT

As the summer football publications begin crowding the magazine racks, the Texas State football team is offered high praise in anticipation of the 2009 season.

The Bobcats are ranked in the top 25 for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) division in at least five such publications, with Lindy’s Football putting Texas State at No. 6, the team’s highest rating.

CollegeSportingNews.com rates Texas State No. 18 in its consolidated ranking, which is a point system based on preseason rankings by Lindy’s, Athlon Sports, Sporting News and Any Given Saturday (AGS).

In addition to Lindy’s ranking, Athlon Sports listed Texas State No. 22 in its preseason FCS poll, and the AGS (Any Given Saturday) preseason poll has Texas State ranked 23.

Lindy’s and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine also picked the Bobcats to win their second straight Southland Conference championship.

Last season, the Bobcats surprised most preseason observers with their first outright Southland Conference title, finishing the season ranked No. 22 by The Sports Network and No. 23 by the FCS coaches poll.

The Bobcats finished last year with wins in six of their last eight regular season games, including wins in their last three before bowing out of the NCAA playoffs with a 31-13 first round loss at Montana. The Bobcats finished with an 8-5 overall record.

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