The (0-1) Texas State Bobcats travel to Miami, Florida on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks to take on Florida International University (1-0) for the first time in their schools’ history.
The Texas State Bobcats will be traveling on the road for the first time all season but this Saturday isn’t your ordinary road trip to play football.
Texas State has announced that they will be honoring those who have protected, served, and lost their lives due to the heinous attacks on September 11th, 2001.
20 years ago our nation faced one of the toughest times it’s ever seen. This weekend when @TXSTATEFOOTBALL takes the field, we will honor those who lost their lives in the attack of Sept 11, 2001. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/vfIi6VLNzs
— TXSTATE Equipment (@TXST_FootballEQ) September 9, 2021
Saturday’s game will be an interesting battle between two teams that had very different season openers and 2020 seasons. FIU comes into this game as a (-1.5) favorite over the Bobcats, a shocking yet understandable approach from the oddsmakers.
Entering the 2021 season, FIU went 0-6 in the COVID-stricken 2020 NCAA season, but they’ve looked to have turned the tide after a week one victory.
Led by Senior Quarterback Max Bortenschlager who was given a grade from Pro Football Focus of 83.6 after his week one performance, the Golden Panthers will be looking to capitalize on a Texas State team that’s coming off a nine-point defeat against the Baylor Bears.
In addition to FIU’s QB playing at a high level in week one, Running Back D’Vonte Prince had five carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns last week. At an average yard per carry rate of 33 yards, Prince was given a grade of 95.4 from Pro Football Focus after a career-defining game against LIU.
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) September 7, 2021
FIU comes into Saturday’s contest looking to maintain an efficient level of play offensively. Turning the ball over only once last week while averaging nearly twelve yards per touch on the ground, FIU will look to maintain their balanced offensive attack against a Texas State team that’s proven to be susceptible against the run and against Play Action.
The Bobcats will be commanded by Quarterback Brady McBride under center, the second-year starter will be looking to rebound after a three-turnover performance in week one. Though McBride struggled through the air, all eyes should be on Texas State’s offensive line.
The “hogs” upfront for the Bobcats struggled mightily in week one, as they allowed McBride to be under pressure on 15 of McBride’s 39 attempts. While the pass blocking struggled, the Bobcats had next to nothing to work with on the ground, as they averaged only 3.5 yards per carry last week.
Feeding Marcell Barbee and stretching the field in the intermediate passing game will be key for Texas State. Last week, Brady McBride threw for 127 yards and one touchdown while completing nearly 65 percent of his throws between 0-19 yards. There’s a foundation for success for the Texas State offense, but they’ll need improved play up front coupled with more efficient play from their signal-caller.
Saturday’s contest between the Texas State Bobcats and the Florida International University Golden Panthers will take place at 6 p.m. Riccardo Silva Stadium. This contest will be available to watch on ESPN+.