UTSA vs Baylor: Game Preview and Prediction
After a dominant victory over the UIW Cardinals, UTSA will need to keep up its momentum in order to start the season off 2-0. Frank Wilson has had success in Waco before, but Baylor is also coming off a huge victory after putting a beatdown on Stephen F. Austin in Week 1.
#TBT to a 17-10 win at Baylor in 2017!
Roadrunners return to Waco on Saturday.
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) September 5, 2019
Looking back at what both these teams did last week, this should make a good matchup. If you combine the total yards between these two teams, there were over 1,000 yards of offense. Albeit both SFA and UIW aren’t teams to highly brag about beating, but it’s going to be interesting to see what adjustments coach Wilson will do to prep his team for Baylor.
The defensive unit is going to have their hands full. Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer is as mobile as they come, and when you mix in all the talent around Brewer with his receivers and backs there’s no doubt that this game can quickly get ugly for the Roadrunners if they don’t game play accordingly.
This is what UTSA is going to have to deal with against Baylor this week. Brewer rolls out of the pocket, bombs it 50 yards downfield without getting set pic.twitter.com/baL4Qvp07R
— Alamodome Audible (@AlamoAudible) September 2, 2019
Looking at the box score and rushing totals for Baylor you’d think that they just about played a perfect game, but figuring out this Bears rushing attack is a little whacky.
Starting running back John Lovett did not have a full workload, but still managed to tally up 108 rushing yard, and 1 touchdown on eight carried. The Roadrunners defense should be a tougher match up on the front line, but the second leading rusher wasn’t even a running back.
Back up quarterback Gerry Bohanon sprinkled in 84 yards, on 6 rushes. Bohanon did take over later in the game, but many Roadrunner fans remain hopeful that a performance like that won’t be repeated this Saturday.
Keys to victory
The Roadrunners did an excellent job when it come to time of possession against the Cardinals at home. UTSA controlled the clock for over 40 minutes and converted 8-14 on third down attempts. They were also unstoppable in the red zone going 4-4 in scoring chances.
One thing to keep an eye on in this game is going to be penalties. There will be little room for error when the Roadrunners travel up to Waco. As a team they were penalized for 145 yards, on 13 penalties. If coach Wilson doesn’t get that in check its going to be an uphill battle for most of the game.
“We put up 35 points but we still have a lot to fix in order to get ready for Baylor.”
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) September 3, 2019
A lot of attention that will come from Baylor’s defense will be on stud quarterback Frank Harris. While Harris Should create problems for the Bears defense, the offense needs to focus more on getting their running backs started early on. Sincere McCormick and Brenden Brady need to be given the rock early on to wear down the Bears defense and allow Harris to set up the big play.
When you look at the rushing totals on the stat sheet, UTSA had 284 rushing yards, but 123 of those belonged to Harris. McCormick rushed for 82, and Brady just 31 on the ground, but he also had some big moments on the receiving end. B.J. Daniels also got in on the action, but the Roadrunners need to create a more balanced game flow from their backs.
Preparation continues. #BirdsUp🤙
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) September 4, 2019
It’s hard to call this a rivalry when this will only be the third time that these two teams meet on Saturday. UTSA was victorious in 2017 in the first meeting, but Baylor was able to even up the score in the following season. The winner here will stay atop the head-to-head series.
Both teams have a lot to be excited for going into the future. UTSA has an exciting young core led by Harris and now rooking RB McCormick, but Baylor right now just seems to be too much trouble for this talented offense. UTSA will be able to put up some points early on, but whether they can put up enough points to keep up with Baylor on the road will be a challenge.
Baylor 37, UTSA 24