After a 4-6 first season, Coker led the Roadrunners to an admirable 8-4 finish in 2012. The more amazing thing about UTSA is their uncanny ability to cover point spreads. This season Coker’s squad has squared off with BCS heavyweight Oklahoma State as well as the much-improved Arizona Wildcats. The Roadrunners lost to Oklahoma State by 21 (56-35) points but covered the point spread.
UTSA did the same in losing to Arizona, 38-13, as well as covering in wins over New Mexico and UTEP. In the grand world of college football betting, UTSA is just not on anyone’s radar…but they should be.
The Roadrunners are currently 2-3 and are heading into their Conference USA schedule. They were outplayed a week ago by the league’s best team, Houston, in a 59-28 loss. Even so, UTSA is solid offensively with QB Eric Soza, who has 1,342 yards passing and eight touchdowns. Coker’s problem is on defense. The defense has given up an average of 31 points a game in the three losses compared to just 13 in the two victories.
Even though they are a new program, keep UTSA on your college football radar. With their ability to cover the spread, it may be time to bet on the new guy. But you might want to hurry. Once the public catches on to their covering success, oddsmakers will be forced to correct their odds.