5 things to know about SHSU in Southland Conference

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Sam Houston State kickoff Southland Conference play against Lamar. The Bearkats are looking to head back to becoming SLC champions after finishing third in 2013.

  1. Sam Houston State football is 1-3 and coming off a bye week. Last year through four games, the Bearkats were 3-1. Oh how the times have changed. At this point last year, SHSU had one shutout under their belt and were looking like the Oregon Ducks of the Southland Conference on offense.
  2. The Bearkats get a chance to get an early win in SLC when they take on Lamar this weekend. The Bearkats have yet to lose to Lamar. Things are looking up, right? Wrong. Lamar is ready to defend their home turf. The Cardinals are 3-1 and have put numbers on the board. Their only loss came at the hands of Texas A&M 70-3, but that’s against a tough Aggie defense. The Cardinals have torched defenses for point totals of 42, 73 and 55. Lamar has only given up a total of 40 points not counting the TAMU game.
  3. SHSU has a decent conference schedule going forward. The Bearkats avoid last season Cinderella, Southeastern Louisiana, but welcome McNeese State, Abilene Christian and Central Arkansas to Huntsville. Those three games could end up being the toughest of the season. McNeese and Central Arkansas are revenge games to say the least. The Kats get McNeese on homecoming and Central Arkansas at the end of the season. And to top it off, Stephen F. Austin is not looking like an automatic win this year. They are 3-1 and averaging about 36 points a game, while only giving up 13 points a game. Their only loss so far is to Kansas State.
  4. Fourth is SHSU’s projected finish in this year’s SLC preview. Last season, the Kats were projected to finish number one. This is why the game is not played on paper. The Bearkats are ranked behind SLU, McNeese and UCA in that order.
  5. Since 2000, SHSU is 8-6 in conference opening games. They have won their last five conference opening games. Last season they kicked off SLC with a victory over the Cardinals.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Beaumont.