NCAAF - C-USA
Coach: Jeff Traylor
SU Record: 7-5
ATS Record: 7-5-0
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University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners
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Jeff Traylor is in his second year as head coach at UTSA, and he appears to have this program headed in the right direction. Traylor nearly leads the Roadrunners to a Conference USA West Division title in his first season, and this year could be even better.
UTSA is currently one of the three betting favorites to win Conference-USA this season, but winning the West Division will be the first step. The Roadrunners have a loaded roster yet again, and the experience from a season ago should help.
The regular-season win total for UTSA is currently set at eight wins, and that total could give this team a conference title. UTSA begins its regular season on September 4 with a road game against the University of Illinois.
The 2020 college football season was strange for all of the teams involved, and that was the case for the UTSA Roadrunners as well. The season ended with the second bowl appearance in school history, and the Roadrunners actually played well in that matchup.
In the preseason poll, the media selected the UTSA Roadrunners to finish in last place in the West Division, but they were way off in their predictions. UTSA finished the year in second place with a 5-2 conference record and were 6-4 overall.
For the second time in school history, the Roadrunners were chosen for a bowl game, and they took on Louisiana in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. UTSA ultimately fell by a score of 21-14 in that game, but it was still a solid season for the Roadrunners.
The UTSA Roadrunners should have a pair of All-Conference selections this season at least, but there are three players that are going to be major keys to this team. UTSA returns a majority of their starters from a season ago, and this team has plenty of experience.
Running back Sincere McCormick rushed for 1,467 yards a season ago, and he has a chance to lead the country in that category this season. Quarterback Frank Harris is back under center, and another year of experience should treat him well.
Safety Rashad Wisdom is one of the best players in the country, and he is the clear leader of this defense. Wisdom completely shuts down one side of the field, and that takes the pressure off of the rest of the defense.
UTSA comes into 2021 with nearly the same roster intact from a year ago, but it is also a team that didn’t land any really big names in either recruiting or the transfer portal. The Roadrunners will have some new players emerge as the season moves along, but most of the new pieces are just seen as depth for this season.
With so many returning starters on each side of the ball, this team does not have any key subtractions. Even the special team’s roster appears to be set, and it is going to be the same group that almost won a conference title a season ago.
Injuries and COVID-19 could once again come into play this season, and that could lead to some in-season subtractions, but there aren’t any noticeable losses prior to the season.
UTSA was able to sneak up on the West Division in Conference USA a season ago, but that won’t be the case this time around. UTSA and UAB are co-favorites to win the West at +300, but there is some depth in this league as well.
The winner of the UTSA-UAB game should have an inside track to win the West Division, but this is a conference that tends to have plenty of upsets as well. Avoiding that upset will be a major key for the Roadrunners if they want to win the division.
UTSA Team Offense
Sincere McCormick is going to have the ball in his hands a ton this season, and opponents in Conference USA don’t seem to have an answer for him. McCormick rushed for over 133 yards per game a season ago, and that number should be even higher in 2021.
Quarterback Frank Harris accounted for 21 total touchdowns a year ago, and that was done despite losing his job at one point. Harris still has to improve on his accuracy, but he is good enough to take some shots down the field and relieve some pressure from McCormick.
UTSA Team Defense
The UTSA defense returns all 11 starters from a season ago, and that should allow them to hit the ground running in 2021. There won’t be any players out trying to learn a defensive scheme, and this is a unit that should continue to show improvement as well.
The Roadrunners still allowed 25.7 points per game a season ago, but that was a huge improvement from 2019. A similar progression in 2021 could set the tone for what will be a remarkable season.
Wisdom is the key player that makes this defense work, but he also has plenty of help.
Frequently Asked Questions
The UTSA Roadrunners are members of Conference USA and compete in the West Division.
The Roadrunners have never won a national championship in college football.
UTSA faced Louisiana in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in 2020 and suffered a 21-14 loss.
The student enrollment at UTSA is right around 3,500.
The UTSA Roadrunners play their home football games in the Alamodome.