2017 Football Preview – Conference USA – Roadrunners
Looking for 2017 UTSA Roadrunners predictions? The Roadrunners finally took a step forward last year, and got the team up to six wins. They have all the players and keys in place to make a big run this year. They have a good offense, and a lot of stars and even NFL talent on the defensive side of the football.
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So is this year the Roadrunners take another step forward? Or will they only be able to finish around the .500 mark again?
2017 UTSA Roadrunners Predictions: Team Strengths
Quarterback in place: One of the biggest strengths of this team is at the quarterback position, which might be a surpirse because last year Dalton Sturm was inconsistent at times.
But he comes back this year as a senior and has had one more off season to work in Frank Wilson’s system and I think we will see a lot more improvement out of him this year.
Although he did struggle at times last year, he was very good at not making terrible mistakes. He had six rushing touchdowns, 20 passing touchdowns and only six interceptions.
If he can just be a good quarterback this year, that should be enough for this team. He doesn’t need to try and be amazing, or do anything that is out of the ordinary.
Experienced Defense: Like I said above the defense has a lot of really good players on it, and a lot of guys who have had experience in this system before.
They have seven starters returning from a defense that made a lot of strides from the previous year. I would expect them to make similar gains again this year.
2017 UTSA Roadrunners Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Shaky Offensive line: One of the biggest concerns for this team is the offensive line. The way the offensive line plays will decide if this team will win six games again this year, or if the win total could rise to 8, 9, or even 10 wins.
They were decent last year in the run game although sometimes inconsistent. In the passing game though they really struggled giving up 43 total sacks. They also lost both tackles from last year, so the offensive line will even get younger this year.
By the end of the year the offensive line could be a strength, because the players have the talent, they just need to start playing better, and as a group.
Shaky Defensive line: Just like the offensive line, the defensive line has been very shaky at times two. The Roadrunners had the biggest issues last year, when teams were able to run the ball on them, and that happened a lot.
Last year the Roadrunners had five losses and zero wins when allowing one rushing touchdown. So if they can do a better job of keeping opponents out of the end zone on the ground they should have more success.
They also had issues with teams breaking long runs last year. The Roadrunners need to start getting better push off the defensive line, and that should help with their success.
UTSA Roadrunners Prediction: 8-4
The Roadrunners have a tough schedule out of the gate facing Houston and Baylor, but in both of those games they probably won’t be huge underdogs and I could see them winning one of those games.
Although it would be hard to pull the upset, and I don’t think it’s too far of a stretch.
After those two games, the schedule is very favorable and should allow the Roadrunners to really take that step forward this year.
I think they finish the season with eight wins, and make it back to another bowl game.
2017 UTSA Roadrunners Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 7:00 PM ET HOU
- 9/9/17 8:00 PM ET @BAY
- 9/16/17 TBD SOUTH
- 9/23/17 TBD @TXST
- 10/7/17 TBD SOMIS
- 10/14/17 TBD @UNT
- 10/21/17 TBD RICE
- 10/28/17 TBD @UTEP
- 11/4/17 TBD @FIU
- 11/11/17 TBD UAB
- 11/18/17 TBD MRSH
- 11/25/17 TBD @LT
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