The Texas State football team is gearing up for its first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
It's also their first and only season playing in the Western Athletic Conference.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said his team is looking forward to facing tougher competition.
"We're ready to get started," Franchione said. "Certainly this is going to be a challenging schedule. But we're better as a football team. We've added some talent to this team. It'll be fun to find out where we are right now. This is a good barometer year."
Last year Texas State was making the transition to FBS football. So they couldn't play in a bowl game. This season they are eligible to play in a bowl, but is that a realistic goal for the Bobcats?
"I think it needs to be one of their goals," Franchione said. We know that winning half of the games on this schedule is not gonna be easy. But, you know, players see the positive. They have a lot of hope, and they've worked very hard."
Texas State Senior running back Marcus Curry added, "I feel like it is a realistic goal, because you have to set your goals high. If you don't then what are you achieving for? So set the goals high. Set the bars high and go out and achieve it."
"Every one of them thought they could play this level when they came out," Franchione said. "So now they get to prove that. They need to put a little chip on their shoulder here and say hey ya'll missed on me. I should've been there, and that's ok. I think they should have that attitude."
Texas State will kickoff the season Saturday night at 7 pm on the road against the University of Houston.