Earlier this afternoon C-USA released their full slate of 2018 football schedules.
The Roadrunners look to improve on last season’s 6-5 finish and secure their next bowl invitation, but the young program will certainly have their work cut out in order to do so. UTSA will start the year off against three straight Power 5 opponents, of which they have only beaten one.
The season opener will be against Pac-12’s Arizona State in Tempe, likely on national television. In 2016 UTSA lost a heartbreaker to ASU in the Alamodome, when the Sun Devils scored 17 fourth quarter points to win 32-28 in Frank Wilson’s first season as head coach.
UTSA will then host Baylor for the home opener, in the second game of their home-and-home series. UTSA defeated Baylor in Waco last season to capture the program’s first and only Power 5 win.
The out of conference schedule wraps up with a road game against fellow Big 12 school Kansas State and a home game against rival Texas State.
Though the Power 5 opponents net the school a generous amount of exposure, it’s certainly one of the more difficult out-of-conference slates among C-USA programs this year.
The C-USA schedule remains the same as last season with Marshall and FIU marked as the eastern division opponents.
Many anticipated the Roadrunners would play seven home games this year after 2017’s home opener against Houston was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.
After missing out on a bowl bid last year, Frank Wilson will need to reach a bowl game in his third season in order to keep UTSA die-hards at bay. With a top heavy schedule, it will be no simple task.