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College Football Betting Preview: Texas State Bobcats vs. UTSA Roadrunners

September 9, 2023

The Texas State Bobcats (1-0) and UTSA Roadrunners (0-1) are squaring up soon in what should be a great offensive battle. Can the Roadrunners stop the losing skid at home?

  • Date: September 9, 2023 at 3:30 PM ET

  • Location: Alamodome

  • Coverage: ESPN+

Texas State Bobcats Betting Preview

The Bobcats have hit the ground running in their opener of the season, which was a 42-31 victory over the Baylor Bears. This marked the first time that the Bobcats have won against a team from the Power Five conference and it was head coach GJ Kinne’s debut for the program.

In that particular game, they amassed a total of 441 yards in offense, with 298 of those yards coming from passing plays. Nevertheless, despite winning convincingly, their defense did not perform well, conceding a surprising 524 total yards, of which 416 were gained through passing.

Last season, they finished with a 4-8 record in the SBC West, a standard they should aim to maintain. However, their ability to defend, especially against stronger opponents, will be crucial to their success moving forward.

Their primary struggle has been in defending against strong passing offenses, which could continue to be a concern. While a potent offense is important, resolving this defensive issue is equally imperative.

UTSA Roadrunners Betting Preview

The Roadrunners are aiming to get their first win of the season after failing to make progress in their 17-14 loss to Houston Cougars. They arguably could have won this game, but quarterback Frank Harris had three interceptions that ultimately added to their struggles.

Looking further into that game, they averaged 417 total yards and had about an equal split for passing and rushing yards. On defense, they allowed 334 total yards and 233 of those came from passing plays.

Their 2022 season was successful, with a 11-3 record and went undefeated through eight conference games in the Conference USA. This will be a tough task to repeat, especially with a loss to start the season.

Assuming they fix their mistakes from their first game of the season, they have a good shot to repeat that success from last season. However, they have another tough test.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's most recent odds indicate that the UTSA Roadrunners are positioned as the frontrunners. Analyzing the market trends, it is apparent that the Roadrunners boast a 72.1 percent probability of securing victory at home.

  • Texas State Bobcats +3 (-110)

  • UTSA Roadrunners -13 (-110)

The Roadrunners will likely come out with a better game plan and click better offensively. You could argue that they should have won their game against Houston, but now they have to learn from their mistakes. The Bobcats' defense will be suspect, so look for the Roadrunners to cover the spread.

Spooky Express Pick: Take the UTSA Roadrunners at -13 (-110)