Riding a three-game winning streak, UTSA hits the road this weekend for a Friday night game in Miami against a Florida International Panthers team that has struggled in recent years. The Roadrunners are 34-point favorites in the Conference USA game, but the Panthers lead the overall series 2-1.
UTSA Roadrunners (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) vs. Florida International Panthers (2-3, 0-1 C-USA):
Location: FIU Stadium
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
UTSA won the rematch of last season’s conference championship game against Western Kentucky 31-28 in the Alamodome. The Roadrunners had their best running game of the season with 213 yards on the ground.
Florida International fell behind 20-0 in the first half against the University of Connecticut and lost 33-12 in a nonconference game. The Panthers have played only one conference game so far this season, a 73-0 loss to Western Kentucky Sept. 24.
What they’re saying:
UTSA running back Trelon Smith on the improved running game the last two weeks: “We are getting more push and staying dialed in. It was a little bumpy at the beginning of the season but we are coming along. The running backs and o-line have been working hard in practice and trusting what the coaches have planned for us.”
Florida International Head Coach Mike MacIntyre on facing UTSA: “This is why you like to play. They are the best team in our league, and to me they are right there on being a top-25 football team. Our guys are excited about the opportunity.”
UTSA has never won in the state of Florida and is 1-5 all-time against Florida schools. The Roadrunners are 0-2 on the road against Florida Atlantic and lost in their only previous visit to Florida International in 2017. UTSA’s only win against a Florida team came against FIU in San Antonio on Oct. 11, 2014.
FIU’s win over New Mexico State on Oct. 1 was their first win over an opponent in the Football Bowl Subdivision since Nov. 23, 2019, against the Miami Hurricanes. Between the win against Miami and the win at New Mexico State FIU had lost 19 in a row against FBS teams. The Panthers have 48 new players on the 2022 team, including 24 true freshmen.
Players to watch:
UTSA quarterback Frank Harris is just 3 yards away from 2,000 yards passing for the season. He has the fourth most passing yards in the country.
FIU running back Lexington Joseph ran for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the loss to UConn last week. He has 235 yards on 43 carries this season.