UTSA announced this afternoon that their series with the Houston Cougars will pick back up in 2017.
The last time the two schools met was to open Houston's new TDECU Stadium in 2014. To the surprise of many, UTSA dominated the Cougars from the first snap on their way to a 27-7 upset. The spoiled homecoming split the series record at 1-1 as the Cougars won big in San Antonio in 2013.
While the 2017 match up will split the tie, both schools will have an opportunity to pull ahead with three more games scheduled in 2022, 2023, and 2024. Both programs will enjoy two home games in the four game scheduling agreement.
Here's an instant reaction from our UTSA and UH beat writers:
UTSA - Jared Kalmus: Really, really excited for UTSA fans. The two games in this series have been some of the most fun games in UTSA history and that level of excitement should only increase with both programs on an upward trajectory. Houston fans traveled very well to the Alamodome in 2013 and Roadrunner fans returned the favor in 2014. College football is at its best when regional rivalries are cultivated and Houston/UTSA can become one of the best in-state G5 rivalries if the games continue to be competitive.
UH - Evan Reier: Houston gets the opportunity to continue a recently established in-state rivalry with UTSA, and considering that the Roadrunners won the last meeting in 2014, it's a chance for the Cougars to earn back bragging rights.
The series being split in its early life is attractive enough, but the chance to travel to the Alamodome again as well is exciting for the team as well as the fans. This isn't to mention the addition of a new, but prevalent opponent to the home schedule in 2022 and 2024.