Utsa 2023 Football Schedule – UTSA is coming off a solid 2020 season. Can Jeff Traylor and the Roadrunners repeat or even surpass last year’s success in 2021?
It’s finally September and the 2021 UTSA football season is upon us. The key word this season is “expectation,” and UTSA certainly carries a lot of expectations after fielding one of the best teams in its young history. The road runners enter their 11th
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In one game season, there is an opportunity to take the program to new heights. It includes the opportunity to record several new “firsts” in program history, the first C-USA West 1.
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Rankings, first C-USA title and first Cup title. UTSA could take any of these “firsts” off the roster if the team lives up to its potential.
Last year was a chaotic and tumultuous year for all of college football as our nation grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some schools had to periodically cancel games and switch opponents, while others canceled their football seasons entirely. Despite the challenges, UTSA has managed to complete a full football schedule, a feat that more established programs have not been able to accomplish. Not ideal for first-year head coach Jeff Traylor. Still, UTSA managed to post its first winning season since 2017, its first winning season in the American Conference since 2016 and its second bowl appearance in program history. After an impressive first-round win against No. 19 Louisiana State, the Roadrunners are poised to continue their strong run in 2021.
UTSA returns twelve “super seniors” and fielded one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football in the outspoken McCormick. Many of the team’s star playmakers from 2020 also return, including quarterback Frank Harris, wide receivers Joshua Severs and Zahari Franklin, running back Rashad Wisdom and defensive end Charles Wiley. UTSA also brought back an unlikely special teams duo that included kicker Hunter Duplessis and punter Lucas Dean. Additionally, UTSA added some strong passing talent in linebacker Lamonte McDougle, edge rusher Ronald Triplett, safety Clifford Chapman and wide receiver Tre Vaughn Bradley. There is no shortage of talent on this year’s team, giving UTSA a chance to build on last year’s success.
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Fortunately, UTSA will benefit greatly from their planning. In non-conference games, the Roadrunners will face Illinois and Memphis, but also have Lamar and UNLV. In league action, the Roadrunners avoid heavy hitters East Marshall and FAU and host league champion UAB. Along with the rest of the Western Conference, UTSA has its second bowl in two years and will be a contender for the conference title. The Roadrunners can finally claim they want to compete and win a lot of them, rather than just hoping to exceed expectations.
@Illinois. The Roadrunners will first play Illinois State in the Big 10 on the road in Champaign, Illinois. Like any P5 opponent, UTSA will have to compete first with the team’s greater size and depth. Illinois had already beaten Nebraska before entering the game, and UTSA simply entered the game without a try. This matchup is supposed to be one-sided, but UTSA is no ordinary G5 team. There is no doubt that UTSA can win this game. UTSA played at a higher level late in the 2020 season and had a chance to defeat No. 19 Louisiana State in the First Round Bowl. If that 2020 team showed up on game day, Illinois would be in total trouble. Even so, UTSA has yet to play clean, error-free football in most of its games, which is difficult to do in the first game of the season. For these reasons, UTSA could start the 2021 season with a loss.
Lamar: The Roadrunners have competed with Lamar University in the past when both schools were members of the Southland Conference. However, this is the first time that the schools meet on the football field. Lamar went 2-4 in league play in 2020 and doesn’t appear to improve much in 2021. This will be UTSA’s home opener and should welcome an enthusiastic crowd to Alamo Stadium. UTSA should have no problem winning the game and will hope to get a chance to play some promising freshmen before the fourth quarter.
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Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee returns to San Antonio in 2020 after losing to UTSA, a rare game away from the field. The Blue Raiders finished their season with a 3-6 record and are looking to return to a competitive era under head coach Rick Stock Steele. The Roadrunners narrowly lost 37-35 last year and the team hopes to avoid a similar performance. Like last year, UTSA will play Middle Tennessee at home after a game against its FCS opponent, while Middle Tennessee will play a stronger FBS opponent on the road. If there’s one noticeable difference this time around, it’s that UTSA is done with the 2020 season and the team will be more familiar with Jeff Traylor’s playbook than before. UTSA should be in control throughout the game and will likely win comfortably.
@Memphis. The Roadrunners travel to Memphis, Tennessee to face the Memphis Tigers for the first time in program history. Memphis started the 2020 football season strong with an 8-3 record overall, 5-3 in the AAC League and a 25-10 win over FAU in the Crampton Cup. Memphis also ranks in the AP Top 25, ranking No. 16 in Week 2, No. 17 in Week 3 and No. 25 in Week 4. UTSA did play 19th-ranked Louisiana last year, but the Roadrunners never took a lead in that game and couldn’t close out the fourth quarter. A similar performance could be UTSA’s best performance against Memphis, especially considering Memphis will be at home.
UNLV. This will be UTSA’s final non-conference game, and unless the Roadrunners can beat Illinois or Memphis, the team will sit at 2-2 heading into full conference play. UNLV should make this job easier. The UNLV Rebels are 0-6 in 2020 and their last loss was a 13-point home loss to Fresno State. Unless Frank Harris or Frank McCormick are seriously injured, UTSA should easily take control of this game and end their non-conference schedule on a high note.
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@western kentucky. UTSA’s first non-conference game will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the Roadrunners will look forward to their series against WKU. The last and only time these two teams met was in 2014 when WKU had 45 points to UTSA’s 7, and that game should be just as tough. WKU did have a disappointing season in 2020, but the team returns much of its talent and brought in star quarterback Bailey Zappe from Houston Baptists of the Southland Conference to lead WKU’s offense. Zappe was college football’s leading pass rusher in 2020 and nearly led Houston Baptist to a victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock. Meanwhile, UTSA came into the game with a history of disappointing road games against teams in the American East division. Part of meeting expectations this season will be proving UTSA can overcome the mistakes of the past. WKU isn’t a terrible opponent, but unfortunately UTSA will have a revamped WKU team on the road. UTSA likely leaves Kentucky with a narrow loss.
Rice In my opinion, Rice’s head is the albatross that UTSA hung around the team’s neck from the start. UTSA has played in eight of Rice’s ten seasons since UTSA started, with only the inaugural season in 2011 and last year’s Covid-19-limited season being the two outliers. When Rice won the first three games, it looked like UTSA couldn’t beat the Owls. not long. The Roadrunners have won the last five games in the series and will likely look to regroup after the WKU game. Rice has certainly improved over the years, winning the announcement match last year by knocking out Marshall. But while Rice has a strong team, UTSA is stronger and should have the playmakers it needs to win a tight contest.
@拉科技. If Rice is UTSA’s albatross, then Louisiana Tech is the Sword of Damocles hanging over UTSA, always ready to drop and ruin UTSA’s season. The Bulldogs have been a tough opponent from the start, but the games between these teams are especially intense. Like Rice, La Tech has been a staple of UTSA’s schedule, playing nine of UTSA’s ten seasons. Unlike Rice, however, La Tech is 7-2 in the series over UTSA, with its second win coming just last year. UTSA has never won in Ruston, Louisiana. The Bulldogs will be in full contention for the West title and will definitely be out for revenge in this game