Wait, there’s a bowl game on Championship Weekend? You bet. On the same weekend all 10 conferences are expected to crown a championship, bowl season begins. The SMU Mustangs and UTSA Roadrunners will get together at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas for the Frisco Bowl on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on ESPN2. Fans will be in attendance for this game with socially distant assigned seating. This will be the first ever meeting between these two programs.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Frisco Bowl opening odds: SMU vs. UT-San Antonio
Point spread: SMU -9.5
Point total: 70.5
Moneyline: UTSA +230, SMU -295
How they got here
SMU got off to a hot start to the season, winning its first five games and was ranked as high as No. 16 in the country by the AP Poll. The Mustangs limped to the finish line with cancellations and losses to Tulsa and East Carolina to close out their regular season. This is head coach Sonny Dykes’ third full season running the program. SMU finished 7-3 overall this season with a 4-3 AAC record for fifth place in the conference. This will be the Mustangs’ third bowl game appearance in their last four seasons.
UTSA has to be impressed with the first year under head coach Jeff Traylor, who was on the SMU coaching staff in 2017. The Roadrunners got in 11 games this season and finished with a 7-4 overall record, which is the best of any Roadrunners team since the program started playing in the FBS in 2013. The year went back and forth for UTSA, which won its first three games, lost its next three and then closed out by winning four of its last five including three in a row. The Roadrunners finished second in the Conference USA’s West division with a 5-2 conference record. This will be the program’s second bowl appearance and first since competing in the New Mexico Bowl in 2016.
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