The king of the new conference until further notice is Sam Houston (10-0, 6-0 in Southland), which became the first Division I football program in the state of Texas to win a national championship since Vince Young’s vaunted Texas squad.
The Bearkats are not going anywhere in the fall.
Quarterback Eric Schmid was snubbed by the Walter Payton Award voters after leading the nation in total offense – he will be back with a vengeance this fall. Easily the most impressive part of Sam Houston’s resurgence has been the rushing defense, which improved from the No. 102 unit in 2017 to a top-five group each of the past two seasons.
QB Eric Schmid: Schmid was snubbed as a Walter Payton Award finalist in the spring. Do not expect that to repeat itself in the fall.
WR Jequez Ezzard: The Howard transfer averaged more than 22 yards per reception in his first year with the Bearkats.
RB Ramon Jefferson: The former Maine transfer averaged 6.0 yards per carry and more than 75 yards per game as part of a loaded RB room.
Key Game: October 23 vs. Jacksonville State
Worst Case: Even in the worst case scenario, the Bearkats have a FCS National Championship trophy to their name. They’re in an exclusive club.
Best Case: The toughest part of winning a national championship is doing it again. With the powerful weapons of the spring – assuming so many games in an 18 month sppan don’t wear them out by November – a repeat run at the Frisco is very much in play.
Rob Butler is a lifelong Texas A&M football fan – his family is full of A&M graduates. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with two degrees – a BBA in Finance and an MBA. His hobbies include jogging and reading books pertaining to college football.