When Texas State released its 2013 non-conference schedule, it was met with a resounding thud.
Non-conference opponents in 2012, the Bobcats’ first year as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision, included the University of Houston, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, Stephen F. Austin (a team from the Football Championship Subdivision) and Texas Tech. Houston and Nevada both went to bowl games in 2011, while Navy and Texas Tech fell one game short.
Fast forward one year and just one of Texas State’s non-conference opponents went to a bowl the previous season (Texas Tech). An eight-win season by the Red Raiders accounted for half of the combined victories by the Bobcats’ current non-league foes (16-44).