Previewing Midwestern State-5 Thoughts


  1. There is a story line when the Lions have played MSU in the past few years, and have lost 3 out of the 4. Going back to 2014, the Lions were up 17-3 at the half in Wichita Falls, looking to be in complete control, only to have the Mustangs storm back and defeat the Lions 40-37. That loss in combination with losing to Angelo State in the LSC Playoff Championship game cost the Lions the playoffs, and had to end their season in Copperas Cove with the Heart of Texas Bowl. In 2015, the Lions defeated MSU to claim the regular season LSC title, but the Mustangs came back to Commerce 3 weeks later and were trailing the Lions by two scores with under 6 minutes to go, The Lions turned the ball over twice in 3 plays and Midwestern took the lead and the game 37-33. That game cost the Lions the number 1 seed in the region. Last season, the Lions led by two scores with 4 minutes to go. That lead vanished in 3 minutes and the Mustangs gave the Lions their lone loss of the regular season, in what could have been a perfect regular season. It also gave the Lions a lower playoff seed that could have been higher. Colby Carthel has a winning record against every LSC team he has played aside from Midwestern. That trend hopefully stops this Saturday.
  2. Midwestern State is now 10th in the country after their 35-24 win over Western New Mexico, and they are every bit as good as they have been in the past 3 seasons. Bill Maskill is the guy you love to hate because of what he has done in Wichita Falls the past few years. MSU is always in the title talk and postseason conversation as well. They have an ability to beat anyone at anytime and that is what makes them so scary. They are even harder to beat at home. Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls is a tough place to play, and it makes a good team that much better.
  3. MSU has a very good offense. Led by Junior QB Layton Rabb, the Mustangs currently average 41 ppg and 243 yards per game rushing and 213 passing for a total offensive average of 474 points per game. That is something you have to look at, and it will be the biggest test for the Lion defense in this relatively young season. Adrian Seals is the best running back the Mustangs have and currently averages 137 yards per game rushing. The Lions MUST contain him to win the game.
  4. The Lion offense has to start fast and keep pouring it on. No lead is safe against a Bill Maskill coached team as we have come to see in the past 4 match ups with MSU. If the Lions get a lead the approach of pulling off the pedal to bleed clock does not work against MSU. They have literally gone from losing the game to winning it in the matter of under 2 minutes. Score, score, score and demoralize MSU.
  5. In the past years I would have been concerned about the defense, but if the Lion defense wants to show how good they are, this is their biggest test. MSU is a balanced attack and has put up some points this season. From what I see, the best way to get to the MSU offense is to come after Rabb. He is a good passer but when he gets flushed he is prone to make mistakes. Take advantage of that. If the Lion defense plays as well as they have the past games, the Lions will win this game. If not, it will be a toss up.

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