UTSA football to make history tomorrow

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

After losing two of its first three games, No. 25 UTSA football is on an eight-game winning streak, including a perfect 7-0 in Conference USA. Now in the final week of the regular season, the Roadrunners have a chance to go undefeated in C-USA for the first time in program history tomorrow against UTEP (5-6, 3-4 C-USA).

UTSA football has been on a tear in its last couple of weeks, outscoring their previous two opponents 92-14. Although this dominance has not landed the Roadrunners on the College Football Playoff Rankings or the AP Top 25, the ‘Runners did find themselves ranked 25 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, the team’s first national ranking since Dec. 5 of last season. 

UTSA was the first team left out of the AP Top 25 rankings with 85 points. The Roadrunners are one of seven teams in the FBS which are currently undefeated in their respective conference. 

Head coach Jeff Traylor has guided UTSA to a 19-3 record against C-USA opponents and an impressive 9-1 record in November. Having won last week’s matchup against Rice, UTSA clinched a home conference championship game berth and won the C-USA regular season for the second consecutive season. The Roadrunners have won the previous five meetings against the Miners, making tomorrow’s matchup favorable for coach Traylor.

 Having already clinched both a conference championship game and a bowl game, the ‘Runners have three games remaining on their schedule. If UTSA were to win, they would tie last year’s record by going 12-2. A possible second C-USA championship and a bowl victory would give the Roadrunners significant momentum heading into the American Athletic Conference next season.