Can UTSA continue rolling with a win over Arizona? DCTF's Greg Tepper previews the showdown.
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College football in Texas picks back up tonight. DCTF managing editor Greg Tepper previews UTSA's big game against Arizona.
Arizona (1-0) at UTSA (1-0), 7 p.m. Thursday at the Alamodome (TV: Fox Sports 1)
Fresh off their stunning takedown of Houston, UTSA welcomes Arizona to the Alamodome. And with all due respect to the Coogs, a win over Arizona would be on a different level nationally: a “Power 5” conference team, all alone on Thursday night on national television. If the Houston win put UTSA on the map, beating Arizona may call for a new cartographer.
But it won’t come easy for the Roadrunners. There is no question that Arizona can score — the Wildcats rolled up 787 yards of total offense in their opening week win over UNLV. Of particular concern will be QB Anu Solomon, who threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, but you can’t sleep on the running game either — RBs Terris Jones-Grigsby and Nick Wilson combined to average more than 10 yards per carry. And then there’s WRs Austin Hill and Samajie Grant, all protected by seasoned offensive line. There’s no two ways about it: this offense is loaded, and the UTSA defense must win the battle up front if they’re going to slow them down. That means Ashaad Mabry, Richard Burge, Jason Neill, et al must be as good, if not bette,r than they were against Houston.
Arizona’s defense can be beat, though. This is a very young defensive line, and if the veteran Roadrunners offensive line can take advantage of that experience gap, then RBs David Glasco and Jarveon Williams, plus QB Tucker Carter, should all benefit. When UTSA has the ball, that should be advantage: Roadrunners.
But in the end, this game will come down to UTSA’s ability to slow down one of the fastest offenses in the nation. There is speed everywhere for this Arizona team, and while the Roadrunners are heavy in experience, they’re not necessarily known as the fastest squad out there. It’ll take a savvy gameplan, solid assignment football, a raucous home crowd and maybe even a little luck to get the biggest win in program history for the second straight week.
We should know better than to doubt Larry Coker, but this one may be asking a little too much too soon.
Tepper’s pick: Arizona 35, UTSA 28
Greg Tepper is the managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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