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2013 Texas San Antonio
Schedule and Odds
Predicting UTSA's season is going to be very hard for numerous reasons this year. In just their third season playing football, they finished with eight wins and a 3-3 record in the WAC. Those eight wins are a bit deceiving considering their best win was probably against Texas State and this year's schedule will be much more difficult. Even with 19 returning starters, entering a new conference will bring pains.
The Roadrunners have plenty of skill guys returning like quarterback Eric Soza, but he's surprisingly the only senior on the offensive side of the ball. Soza excelled in a few areas, made evident by his 20 TDs and three INTs, but the level of defenses he plays this year will be much tougher. While they didn't have one go-to receiver last year, all of Soza's pass-catchers return from a year ago. That can also be said about running backs David Glasco II and Evans Okotcha who combined for 987 yards and 13 TDs. Soza also helped out a bit on the ground with 364 yards and six TDs. There are four returnees on the line to help. Returning players tends to be a popular theme on a team that's only been playing for three years.
The defense was terrible against the pass last year and that's going to be a big test early in the season against some pass-heavy non-conference opponents. Head coach Larry Coker brought in a few new faces from the junior college ranks as well to help against the higher competition. Running a 4-2-5 scheme, UTSA is better suited against the ground attack. With four returning starters in the secondary, they will be the unit to keep an eye on.
2013 Texas San Antonio Football Schedule
Aug. 31 at New Mexico
Sept. 7 vs. Oklahoma State
Sept. 14 at Arizona
Sept. 21 at UTEP
Sept. 28 vs. Houston
Oct. 5 at Marshall
Oct. 12 vs. Rice
Oct. 26 vs. UAB
Nov. 2 at Tulsa
Nov. 9 vs. Tulane
Nov. 23 at North Texas
Nov. 30 at Louisiana Tech
The Roadrunners had problems against half-way decent teams last year and that will continue to be the case in 2013. Non-conference games against Oklahoma State and Arizona will likely end in big defeats. Beating Houston may even be a stretch for them if they're pass defense doesn't improve at all.
As for their conference schedule, it's much different than a year ago (obviously). They were beaten at Rice by 20 points and face them again. It will be hard for UTSA to win any of their road games with UTEP and North Texas being two of their easier ones. Finding wins will undoubtedly be tough in their first year in C-USA. Home games against UAB, Tulane and Louisiana Tech will be their best chances.
If their offense can score regularly against better teams this year, UTSA may not be all that bad, but that's asking a lot. The defense will need to come to play against the weaker conference opponents. Reaching four wins will be considered an accomplishment for this team.
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