UTSA vs Texas State There’s no bigger competition compared to one which both programs deny exist, right? While UTSA and Texas State have only met on the gridiron once, the two fanbases are constantly at each others’ throats. Fueled by a record of raucous crowds and upsets in sports, the most I-35 Rivalry has spawned ribbing between friends and Twitter flame wars.
NCAA College Football 2017
UTSA vs Texas State
Date: Saturday, September 23,
Time: 07:30 PM ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
Is it true that the competition carry the fire that the 2 colleges have been playing in different conventions for five decades? Although the pupil and alumni foundations are definitely fired up to the match, players and coaches on both sides of the weapon have downplayed any real rivalry about the gridiron which makes sense considering not only a single trainer nor player on each team has faced off against the other team.
Bobcat Stadium must be rocking on Saturday and whichever team takes home the HEB I-35 Showdown Trophy will probably boast of the success.
UTSA Outlook – Jared Kalmus
The Roadrunners are enjoying a hot start to the summer but given that the level of their competition so far it is tough to estimate just how great UTSA is. UTSA’s home opener against Houston was canceled because of Hurricane Harvey, Baylor looked discombobulated in UTSA’s first triumph, and FCS competition Southern was forced to trot out an lineup as them forged with a 48-0 halftime lead. It is really tough to say what we may learn from some of those performances.
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Dalton Sturm has ever been among the most effective quarterbacks in the nation thus far this season.
If there’s one thing we do know about UTSA it is that quarterback Dalton Sturm is locked within this season. The from Goliad has been one of the most efficient passers in the nation this season, completing 81 percent of his passes. He’s also been a rushing threat, amassing 154 yards and a touchdown on 12 tries (12.8 yards per carry).
UTSA’s crime was buoyed by an outstanding start to the year from running back Jalen Rhodes. The first time starter has appeared fantastic running the ball this season since he’s racked up 164 yards and a touchdown on a 5.5 yards per carry clip. Tyrell Clay has seen plenty of snaps in RB2 this season but don’t be surprised to see colossal true freshman BJ Daniels start working his way to more snaps after bruising Southern’s defense for 48 yards on 11 carries a week behind second and third series offensive linemen.
Production has been distributed for UTSA’s receiving threats far this season. Senior Josh Stewart has continued to impress this season, earning seven catches for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns. His brother Kerry Thomas has been both efficient and volatile, totaling 134 yards and catching all nine of his targeted passes. Following snagging two touchdowns in the first half of Southern tight end Shaq Williams also emerged as a receiving threat a week.
While UTSA has to face a really powerful offense, the Roadrunners have shut down their contest so far.
The matchup to watch in the game of this week will probably be the stacked line against the undersized and inexperienced offensive line of Texas State of UTSA. Appalachian State was able last week, to actually harass Damian Williams at the pocket and UTSA is more talented ahead. If UTSA will acquire persistent pressure on Williams with four rushers then UTSA is going to have the ability to single or double click Williams and induce him to make passes or throw away the ball without a lane.
Defense wins championships and this Bobcat defense will probably act like this game is really a championship matchup, even though Condition may be a year or two away from competing for a Sun Belt name. Having a slow start but robust ending against Houston Baptist in their season opener, with an impressive first half performance versus the defending Pac-12 winner Colorado Buffaloes plus a last-minute close angry against powerhouse Appalachian State, the Texas State Bobcats have looked impressive especially in the front defensive seven.
But before we all know the inner workings of the defense let us begin with the offensive side of the ball. Damian Williams has been steadily advancing with each passing match. After struggling to find his signature Williams excelled in top the offense last week against App Condition as he channeled his inner Steve McNair by eluding the pass hurry while his protection disintegrated in every drop back. Williams reached a profession of 260 yards passing and year high of 43 yards. Really stats from a Mountaineer protection and he will need another one of these games turnovers.
If one of those three running backs Texas State has been setting out there seems like carrying a game and wants to slice up UTSA to get a couple of runs please feel free to do so. Robert Brown and Anthony Taylor have experienced a couple of runs and demonstrated that patience and pace could pay off. Both have had almost identical workloads using Anthony Smith who was a non-factor from the Appalachian State game, tallying 6.8 yards a carry while getting about half the conveys Taylor and Brown’ve had. But the strategy is going to have to discover a means to spread out the Roadrunner defense and prevent them from exploiting the Bobcats’ offensive line woes.
Another factor Texas State should think about is being constant throughout the whole game. They’re improving within this category which to be honest has not gotten a whole lot of attention to be honest. That the Bobcats scored a few days afterward flamed out, let us not be content with this, this past year. This year has been radically different as Texas State has managed to sustain (gasp!) Whole halves! Part of it’s early season jitters as one of the youngest teams of the nation finds their own footing and the component is play calling.