Texas football vs. UTSA: Prediction and odds for Week 3 college football

Steve Sarkisian, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Aaron E. Martinez/Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY NETWORK
Steve Sarkisian, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Aaron E. Martinez/Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY NETWORK /

Week 3 is upon us as the Texas football program readies up to face the defending Conference-USA Champion UTSA Roadrunners at home on Sep. 17. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian will host UTSA for the third straight home game to start the regular season.

Sark and the Longhorns come into this game with a record of 1-1 (0-0 Big 12) following the tough one-point loss at the hands of head coach Nick Saban and the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide at home on Sep. 10. The sole win on the season for the Longhorns came in the regular season opener at home back on Sep. 3 over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, by the final score of 52-10.

Meanwhile, UTSA comes into this game with a record of 1-1 (0-0 C-USA) after a gritty overtime win on the road over the Army Black Knights on Sep. 10. The lone loss on the season for UTSA came at the hands of the Houston Cougars in their opener at home on Sep. 3.

Here’s a look at the betting odds and game prediction as Texas gets set to host UTSA at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 17, with the kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on Longhorn Network.

Texas football vs. UTSA: Odds for Week 3

Texas is a 12.5-point favorite over UTSA in this game (per Fanduel). And the moneyline is set for Texas at -450, while UTSA sits at +340.

The over/under for this game is set at 61.5 points.

Texas football vs. UTSA: Prediction for Week 3

According to the ESPN Football Power Index, Texas has a 92.4 percent chance to beat UTSA.

The Fanduel betting odds imply the final score for this game to be 37-24.5 in favor of the Longhorns.

A two score game does not seem out of the question for the Longhorns against UTSA this weekend. What I do think will be different in reality compared to what the betting odds show is that this game will be lower scoring.

Texas could be without redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers and junior quarterback Hudson Card in this game after they both experienced various injury issues last weekend against Alabama. If that is the case, Texas could be starting redshirt freshman Charles Wright at quarterback against the Roadrunners.

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In that scenario, Sark will probably want to slow the game down and rely more on the ground game. Hence, I believe a lower-scoring game is probably in the cards for Texas and UTSA this weekend.

Final score prediction: Texas-31, UTSA-21