UTSA Keys To Victory vs ODU

UTSA takes on Old Dominion in the first Conference USA game of the season Saturday. InsideRunnerSports provides you keys to victory. Presented by Pat Clynes and The Fritz Kennel.

Presented by Pat Clynes and The Fritz Kennel.

Keys to a UTSA victory over Old Dominion.

KEEP PROPER MINDSET
It starts, as they say, between the ears. UTSA is coming off a strong showing vs Arizona State. Although it was a narrow loss, there’s been some confidence in the air this week. It will be important for UTSA not to enter this game over-confident. Both the Roadrunners and Monarchs hold 1-2 records and ODU is a quality CUSA opponent. UTSA will need to play well to defeat them. Having the right mentality going in will be a huge key to UTSA’s success.

RUN THE BALL
It has been a key to victory each week so far this season. That’s because it’s so important to UTSA’s offense, more so this week than in others because of the struggles of the last two games. The Roadrunner offense needs a strong showing from either Jarveon Williams or Jalen Rhodes or both. As coach Frank Wilson said earlier this week, it’s a shared responsibility. The onus not only falls on the backs themselves, but as well as the offensive line, down the field blockers, and the coaching staff. It’s going to take an “all hands on deck” type of effort to get UTSA’s run-game into a rhythm. If they do get it going, that should equate to success.

SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN
UTSA’s offense has done well so far this season with getting on the board early. In each of the opening drives, the Roadrunner offense has scored a touchdown. UTSA’s offense will have opportunities vs Old Dominion. On the flip side, the Monarch’s offense will likely look to test the Roadrunner secondary. This game doesn’t necessarily have “shoot out” written on it, but UTSA will likely need to score more than they have all season to win on the road Saturday. 


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