On Saturday September 2nd, the Houston Cougars will travel to the Alamodome to take on the UTSA Roadrunners.
Coach Jeff Traylor wants UTSA planning for the future after a 12-2 year. Even though Sincere McCormick, a running back, left to join the NFL, the Roadrunners might be the Conference USA favorites now that Bill Clark, the coach of UAB, has announced his decision to retire. The UTSA offense is led by quarterback Frank Harris and a strong receiving group, while the defense, which only loses 5 players, has plenty of capable replacements. The early schedule, which includes games against Houston, Army, and Texas, is difficult, but Traylor’s club is well-positioned to try to reach double-digit victories once more.
UTSA might be almost as good as the 12-2 team from 2021, but its record may not demonstrate it. In league play, the Roadrunners also compete against a stern WKU squad. Although the defense is still forming, the offense will need to put up large numbers every week. In either case, Traylor might be a contender for a Power 5 position sooner than expected with another 10-win campaign.
Houston was anticipated to compete for a position in a New Year’s Six bowl this past fall but instead ended a dismal 8-5, after going 12-2 and placing No. 17 nationwide in 2021. With the Cougars joining the Big 12 and a challenging schedule involving games against Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State, gaining on the previous year’s record will continue to get tougher in 2023. Donovan Smith, a transfer from Texas Tech, ought to be a strong match to lead Holgorsen’s potent attack, but the defense needs to turn things around after surrendering 32.2 points per game the previous year.
Houston finally becomes a member of the Power 5 after waiting almost 30 years. The competition on the Cougars’ schedule in 2022 have a combined record of 96-60, making it among the hardest in the country. Despite the fact that head coach Dana Holgorsen has an extension of his contract to the 2027 campaign, there is going to be expectations to be relevant in Year 1 of the Big 12 despite his record of 27-20 in the previous 4 seasons.
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UTSA Roadrunners vs Houston Cougars Game Information
- Date: 09/02/2023
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX.
- How to Watch UTSA vs Houston : CBS
- Live Stream: fubo.tv