Preview: Texas-San Antonio at Houston

When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, August 29, 2014
Where: Houston Football Stadium, Houston, Texas


Houston returns all of its skill players on offense but that's nothing compared to the experience visiting Texas-San Antonio brings into Friday's opener. The Roadrunners, who became a full-fledged FBS member earlier this month, lead the nation with 54 returning letterwinners, 21 returning starters and 37 seniors. "These players are older than I am," UTSA's 66-year-old coach Larry Coker told the San Antonio Express-News. "They've been here for three or four years. There'll obviously be some (first-game) jitters, but they've been around it before. It won't be the first time we've played a big team. We got to wear our big-boy pads."

John O'Korn returns after a record-setting freshman season and the Cougars quarterback has his top receiver and a talented backfield with him. Houston beat the Roadrunners, who won their final five games last season, 59-28 last year in O'Korn's second career start. The Cougars also have nine starters returning to a defense that led the nation with 43 turnovers.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Houston -10

ABOUT TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO (2013: 7-5): Quarterback is the least experienced position for the Roadrunners as senior Tucker Carter will make his first start after seeing action in five games last year. Senior David Glasco II returns after rushing for five touchdowns and senior Kam Jones (34 catches, 345 yards, touchdown; 302 rushing yards and five TDs on 29 carries) leads a deep group of receivers.  UTSA will use three safeties in its 4-2-5 defensive scheme, led by senior safety Triston Wade (team-high 94 tackles, program-best eight career interceptions).

ABOUT HOUSTON (2013: 8-5): O'Korn (259-of-446, 3,117 yards, 28 touchdowns) set freshman school records for completions and touchdown passes and junior Deontay Greenberry, his favorite target, returns after being ranked 15th nationally with 100.2 receiving yards per game. The Cougars will have three new starters on the offensive line after losing junior left tackle Zach Johnson to an ACL injury this spring and will need to replace senior defensive end Eric Braswell (knee). Texas A&M transfer Gavin Stansbury will help the experienced defensive line fill that gap while junior safety Trevon Stewart returns after leading the country with 10 takeaways and six fumble recoveries.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Houston's four regular-season losses in 2013 were all by a touchdown or less.

2. Eric Soza, a three-year starter at UTSA and the program's all-time leading passer, is an offensive assistant at Houston.

3. UTSA is 3-0 in season openers - beating Northeastern State, South Alabama and New Mexico - since starting the program in 2011.

PREDICTION: Houston 45, Texas-San Antonio 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas-San Antonio 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Houston 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Texas-San Antonio Houston
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/28/13 HOU 59 UTSA 28 493 128 365 491 150 341

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UTSA E. Soza 72.5 316 2 3
HOU J. O'Korn 66.7 312 4 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UTSA J. Williams 2 29 14.5 0
HOU R. Jackson 18 68 3.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UTSA K. Jones 4 77 19.2 1
HOU D. Greenberry 9 149 16.6 1
TDs Player TD
UTSA D. Glasco II 1
HOU X. Maxwell 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UTSA N/A
HOU N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UTSA N/A
HOU N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UTSA N/A
HOU N/A
TDs Player TD
UTSA N/A
HOU N/A

Quickchart Matchup

Texas-San Antonio Off vs  Houston Def
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0 yards/rush
0 yards/rush
Houston Off vs  Texas-San Antonio Def
0 yards
0 yards

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-12.5
-110
53
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-11
-110
55
Sportsbook
-110
-11
-110
55
5Dimes.eu
-110
-10.5
-110
54
GTBets.eu
-110
-10.5
-110
54.5
Top Bet
-110
-10.5
-110
54
BetOnline.ag
-110
-10.5
-110
54.5
BetDSI
-110
-10.5
-110
54.5
Belmont
-110
-11
-110
55
BookMaker.eu
-110
-10.5
-110
54.5
Vegas Odds
LVH
-110
-12
OFF
Mirage
-110
16.5
OFF
Station
-110
16
OFF
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Texas-San Antonio Overall Houston
0-0-0 W/L 0-0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0
Texas-San Antonio A/H Houston
0-0 W/L 0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0