UTSA may have scored only four touchdowns in its first two games but Army defensive coordinator Nate Woody knows the offensive firepower that the Roadrunners possess.
Seventh-year quarterback Frank Harris and Joshua Cephus hooked up 10 times in UTSA’s 41-38 OT win at Michie Stadium last year. Cephus is leading the Roadrunners (1-1) with 16 catches. Harris is reportedly a game-time decision with a turf toe injury heading into Friday night’s game in the Alamodome.
(UTSA has an) incredibly productive offense with some really good skilled guys,” Woody said. “None of that works unless you have an offensive line that can take care of business and they do.
“We know what they are going to do from a standpoint off spreading the ball around. It’s about finishing your assignment and taking care of business.”
Both Army and UTSA defenses are playing at a high level early, combining for only 47 points allowed through two games.
Former Army commit and UTSA outside linebacker Trey Moore has four sacks on the season.
Army is a 8.5-point underdog in the teams’ fourth meeting in the last five years
Sal Interdonato (Black Knight Nation): Army 24, UTSA 20. Yes, it’s only week three but this is a pivotal game for Army. A road win here can erase the season-opening stumble at Louisiana-Monroe. Don’t expect this to be a high-scoring game like last year. An Army defensive or special teams play could make the difference.
Seth Mendelson (Black Knight Nation: UTSA 38, Army 10. What Army team shows up tonight? Is it the squad that turned the ball over five times against Louisiana-Monroe? Or the team that beat up on Delaware State? In the end, UTSA is simply too talented for the Black Knights.
Steve Kriepe (Crawdad’s Countdown to Kickoff): Army 21, UTSA 17. There’s a lot of similarities between the two teams with both having solid defenses and each with a loss to a team they should have beaten. Army has the edge as it is 2-0 against UTSA in the Alamodome. Roadrunners’ QB Frank Harris is expected to be limited or even out.
Predictions from across the college football universe
Pete Fiutak (College Football News): UTSA 26, Army 19. Fiutak writes on College Football News, “UTSA has been one of the stranger misfires so far early in the season. It’s only two weeks in, but this veteran team that was supposed to roll into its new life in the American Athletic Conference has sputtered and coughed. Dealing with Army is never easy, but the Roadrunner defense will hold up well, and its own attack that’s having such a hard time early on will finally get its own passing game going a bit.”