Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will be the second game on Tuesday. Played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas--a suburb of Dallas-- this game features two intriguing teams: 12-1 Texas-San Antonio out of Conference USA and No. 24 San Diego State which is 11-2 out of the Mountain West. The game airs at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN.
UTSA had a Cinderella season. The Roadrunners set a school record with 12 wins, won the Conference USA Championship, and made an appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings after an 11-0 start. They lost their final game of the regular season against North Texas.
The UTSA offense is predicated on being able to run the football, and the team will be without star running back Sincere McCormick, who has opted out of this game to prepare for the NFL Draft. McCormick ran for almost 4,000 yards in his three years with the Roadrunners and will be difficult to replace. Quarterback Frank Harris is the team's second-leading rusher but has nearly 1,000 fewer yards than McCormick, so they could lean more heavily on the pass than we have seen. Harris's seniority and experience will be incredibly important against the SDSU defense.
San Diego State won the Mountain West Conference's West division but was upset by Utah State in the conference championship. The Aztecs come into this one with an 11-2 record on the season despite a sputtering offense. The SDSU offense struggles to move the ball at times and definitely leans on a stout defense to provide great field position.
The Aztecs will play three quarterbacks and lean heavily on running back Greg Bell. In the red zone, keep an eye on WR Elijah Kothe and TE Daniel Bellinger.
The SDSU defense only allows 19.5 points per game but is much weaker against the pass. Opponents rush for just 77.5 yards per game, whereas they throw for an average of 242.