Best case, worst case for 2023: Texas State Bobcats

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Spring football is ongoing across the state of Texas now that spring break is over. The 13 FBS programs in the Lone Star State are allowed to participate in 15 on-field practice sessions, including 12 involving contact. Spring games are littered throughout April with most taking place on April 15 or April 22. Houston goes first when the Cougars play their spring game on April 7. 

The 2023 season is one of change. Sam Houston is moving up to Conference USA from the FCS ranks. Houston is now in the Big 12. UTSA, North Texas, and Rice are preparing for their first season in the American Athletic Conference. 

But what is the best and worst case that can happen for each team in 2023? Here’s where we stand on the Texas State Bobcats. 


2022 record: 4-8 

2023 schedule 
Sept. 2 at Baylor 
Sept. 9 at UTSA
Sept. 16 Jackson State 
Sept. 23 Nevada
Sept. 30 at Southern Miss
Oct. 7 at Louisiana
Oct. 14 Louisiana-Monroe
Oct. 21 IDLE
Oct. 28 Troy 
Nov. 4 Georgia Southern
Nov. 11 at Coastal Carolina 
Nov. 18 at Arkansas State
Nov. 25 South Alabama 

Best case: Texas State remains in search of its first bowl invite as an FBS program. The Bobcats made the jump up back in 2012. The program has only finished .500 or better twice in its 11-season history in the FBS ranks. A seven-win 2014 campaign remains the best in school history, and the Bobcats haven’t won more than four games in a single year since that season. Former head coach Jake Spavital went 13-35 in his four seasons. 

Texas State looked down I-35 to find its next coach in the young and dynamic GJ Kinne. The son of a Texas high school football coach, Kinne was brought in to help the Bobcats score points, win games, and in the process, get back in touch with high school recruiting. The best case scenario for Texas State in year one of the Kinne era is to flirt with a bowl bid while continuing to build momentum on the recruiting trail. 

Worst case: Texas State lost close games and struggled to score points in the Spavital era, despite his successes as an offensive coordinator in previous stops. The Bobcats hope Kinne isn’t a repeat of those failures. Kinne has only been a head coach for one season, and that was in 2022 for an FCS program. Not topping the four wins posted by Texas State in each of the previous two seasons would represent a step backwards for the Bobcats. The non-conference schedule isn’t easy, and the Sun Belt is always challenging. A three-win season isn’t out of the question, especially if there are issues at quarterback.  


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