UTSA Roadrunners vs. Troy Trojans Pick – Cure Bowl December 16, 2022

The college football bowl season begins this Friday with two matchups. The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners and Troy Trojans kick off at 3:00 p.m. EST in the Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium. We have our UTSA vs. Troy predictions and best bets for Friday in Orlando.


This is a bowl game of two ranked Group of Five teams on Friday afternoon. UTSA and Troy did not get much attention in the media, but they deserve their own time slot. Both teams had memorable campaigns after going 11-2 and winning conference titles.

UTSA is coming off back-to-back Conference USA championships following a 48-27 win over the North Texas Mean Green. Frank Harris put on a show with 341 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes. The veteran also gained 49 yards and a score on the ground.

Harris is coming back for his seventh — yes, you read that correctly — seventh year of collegiate football at UTSA next year. That is what happens after two medical redshirts, and an extra year because of the COVID season.


Troy goes into the Cure Bowl following an identical season. The Trojans are 11-2 and won their conference title. Troy beat Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt Championship Game, 45-26. It is possible that UTSA or Troy are in the AP Top 25 depending on the result of the Cure Bowl.

Head below for our UTSA vs. Troy predictions and Cure Bowl best bets for December 16, 2022.

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Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners vs. Troy Trojans Cure Bowl Live Betting Odds:

UTSA vs Troy Odds Courtesy of Bovada:
UTSA Roadrunners-1 (-110)-120Over 57 (-110)
Troy Trojans+1 (-110)+100Under 57 (-110)
Team DataUTSA RoadrunnersTroy Trojans
Overall Record11-211-2
ATS Record7-6-010-3-0
Yards Per Game486.2374.9
Yards Against Per Game324.9404.8
Passing Yards Per Game308.6252.6
Rushing Yards Per Game177.5122.5

UTSA vs. Troy Predictions

UTSA and Troy are going to be teams to watch out for next season. This is especially true for the Roadrunners. They were founded in 2009 and have been using the better time of the last decade putting the football program together.

Everything is coming together for UTSA, and there is room to be a better team than this 11-2 roster. The offense is going to be clicking again with Frank Harris back at the controls next year. It is the defense that needs improvement.

UTSA should be better on the defensive side of the ball next year to make them a sneaky Group of Five contender. However, they are not there yet. Troy has the defensive advantage and an offense that can keep Harris on the sidelines.

Gunnar Watson and Troy Offense Peaking

Troy was winning games early this season with all defense. The offense just had to avoid making too many mistakes to win low-scoring ball games. Now, the Trojans are figuring out how to score and score quickly.

Troy is going into the Cure Bowl having scored 93 points in their previous two outings. Gunnar Watson was hot in the Sun Belt Championship Game. He passed for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions in the 45-26 win.


Wide receiver, RaJae’ Johnson, is coming on nicely down the stretch. The senior had 101 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas State in the regular season finale. He followed up with 134 yards and 2 touchdowns in the conference championship.

Johnson is hitting the home run ball deep in the secondary. He had 33.7 yards per reception against Arkansas State and 33.5 yards per catch against North Texas. It is going to be tough to defend the passing game with Kimani Vidal getting hot in the backfield.

Vidal has gained 503 yards and 6 touchdowns in just his last three games. UTSA can’t stack the box with Johnson running free in the secondary, so Vidal should be in for a solid outing.

UTSA Secondary Needs Improvement

If the Roadrunners are going to be a New Year’s Six team next year, the secondary will have to be addressed. UTSA were beaten often deep this season. They are 101st in the FBS against the pass in 2022.

The Trojans are entering the Cure Bowl 90th in the nation defensively. Expect them to control the clock and keep the UTSA defense on the field. This is something that Harris will not be unable to do against the Trojans.

Harris is a dynamic quarterback that puts defenses on notice. However, Troy has the workhorses to counter Harris. The Trojans are 19th overall with 324.9 yards against per game.

They are strong against the run and in the secondary. Troy is 22nd on the ground and 38th against the pass. Overall, Troy conceded 17.5 points per game.

UTSA vs. Troy Betting Pick:

This will not be one of those bowl games where the teams are uninterested. Look for both teams to be motivated in the Cure Bowl on Friday. Defense usually wins out in these types of games.

UTSA should be much improved defensively and a team to watch next season. The defense is not at that point going into the Cure Bowl, though. They need another offseason to allow the defense to catch up with Harris and the offense.

Expect a competitive matchup in Orlando on Friday. It should be a good game that comes down to the 4th quarter. Troy should have just enough to edge away for a win.

Our UTSA vs. Troy prediction is a 33-27 win for the Trojans in the Cure Bowl.


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