Texas State wide receiver Darius Bolden runs after the catch earlier this season at Stephen F. Austin. Texas State sports information photo.
Conference championship implications are in play when the Texas State football team visits McNeese State Saturday (7 p.m.). But those implications do not involve the Bobcats.
The Bobcats ruined whatever chance they had left when they fell to a 42-3 halftime deficit last Saturday in a 49-17 loss to Central Arkansas. The loss dropped Texas State to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the Southland Conference.
McNeese State is in a three-way tie at the top of the Southland Conference. The Cowboys, Stephen F. Austin (SFA) and Northwestern State all are 4-1 in the conference.
Of the three teams tied at the top, SFA is the only team that can win the conference title just by winning its last two games. The Lumberjacks play at home against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday, then play at home on Nov. 20 against Northwestern State in the league’s key remaining game this season.
Before going to SFA, Northwestern State will play at home Saturday against Nicholls State. Even if the Demons win both games, they still would need McNeese to lose at least once in order to take the championship. McNeese owns the tiebreaker against Northwestern by virtue of a 24-7 win in their meeting on Oct. 2.
McNeese would win the conference title if it wins both of its remaining games and SFA loses at least once in the next two weeks.
The Cowboys are only 5-4 overall, but it takes a good team to beat them. Two of their defeats came at the hands of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools Missouri and Louisiana State. The Cowboys also have lost to California Polytechnic and SFA, which both were nationally ranked in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) at the time.
The Bobcats still have a chance for a winning season, but they will have to earn it with two wins on the road. After playing at McNeese State Saturday, the Bobcats will go to Sam Houston State on Nov. 20 to end their season.Email | Print