"I still call it Southwest Texas State." Bradley George. Bill Miller. Bobcat Alley. Barrick Nealy. Claude Mathis. Boko the Bobcat. Johnny Parker. Jim Wacker. Loud Crowd. Mike Orakpo. David Mayo. The San Marcos River, baby. This is Texas State football.
Texas State has been playing football since 1904, when it was known as Southwest Texas State Normal School. It's grown to become the fifth-largest university in the state, but the football program still has some growing to do, having only joined the FBS ranks in 2012. The Bobcats' peak as a program came under Wacker when Texas State won back-to-back Division II national championships in 1981 and 82. FBS football hasn't been kind to the Bobcats, but up-and-coming head coach Jake Spavital is ready to turn the program around.