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2014 Weekly Prophecy: Houston

I think the joke about forecasters being fearless is not about them being unafraid of predictions and the ramifications thereof, but that there is nothing to be afraid of. It is just a prediction. It is irony, you see. Get it?

In any case, here are the luminaries in UTSA football coverage, who had the unfortunate distinction of being in my contacts. The end-of-season winner will get a prize of my choosing. The loser will get a punishment of my choosing.

Let’s see how they rank!

Adam

Me, myself, I

Score: Houston 30 UTSA 24

Thoughts: The Runners have been anything but predictable these last few years. Even the best prognosticators have undershot the Fighting Cokers. That said, I can’t imagine Houston, having played UTSA last year and defending newly-built home turf, being surprised.

Jared

Cooler Chronicles writer, podcaster, and current Austinite-in-training. Also known to be on Underdog Dynasty.

Score: 25-28 Houston

Thoughts: Expect a dogfight as UTSA struggles to generate offense and Houston relies on long third down advances to gain first downs. I think UTSA’s defensive ends will have a great night against Houston’s retooled offensive line and keep the game close. Carter does just enough to keep his starting spot but a touchdown drive from Robinson gives the message boards some chatter. Glasco and Williams combine for 200 yards and Ianno shows that he’s in for a rebound year with a few field goals. Ultimately, Houston’s playmaking tandem of Greenberry and O’Korn will be too much to handle as O’Korn seals the game with a great fourth quarter.

Matty

Tailgater, sometimes Cooler Chronicles contributor, lover of meats

Score: 27 – 24 UTSA

Thoughts: Maybe it’s a long summer’s worth of orange Kool-Aid, but I’m feeling really good about this game. I’ll openly admit that Coach Coker talking about playing 3 QB’s then quickly backtracking has messed with my head the past few days.  I don’t think it’ll matter.  I trust Tucker Carter to play withing himself and take what UH’s defense gives him. We are going to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and our running game is going to set the tempo early. I think our biggest strength (defensive line) will exploit their biggest weakness (offensive line), and guys like Ashaad Mabry and Robert Singletary are going to play in their offensive backfield all game. The improved CB play will allow Tristan Wade to play the ballhawking centerfield position he was born to play.  Put it all together and I think I’ll need another glass of Kool-Aid.

Jack

Cooler Chronicles writer, former WAC blogger, Fort Worth-ian

Score: UH 28, UTSA 24.

Thoughts: While the Runner defense is going to have their hands full with O’Korn and Greenberry, Houston will unexpectedly be pushed around up front on both sides of the ball. UTSA should be able to run the ball and eat some clock, and open up the passing game off of that. This should be an exciting contest with both teams trading the lead. A late touchdown for the Cougars wins the opening game at shiny new TDECU Stadium, but not after a tremendous fight from the visiting Runners.

Shafer

Erstwhile Cooler Chronicles writer, man about a tailgate, MBA-having sumbitch, lover of pumpkin’ beer, admirer of Lynn

Score: UTSA 37 Houston 31

Thoughts: I have always perceived myself as being a realist when it comes to predictions. Here on the eve of the UTSA football season, my homerism is surging and I simply can’t resist. Tucker Carter turns in a shockingly incredible performance, answering concerns from the fan base and earning the team.  The Runner defensive line brings pressure and the  defensive backfield takes advantage with some turnovers. I have picked against my team before and they’ve surprised me too many times.  

JJ

Inside Runner Sports Person, grinder

Score: 41 – 35 UTSA

Thoughts:  All bets are off if there’s an absolute down-pour of rain during the game. That would likely affect Houston more than UTSA. Regardless, I’d expect a little bit of game one jitters from the ‘Runners. UTSA started relatively slow the past two openers vs New Mexico and South Alabama. But they also answered the call by coming back to win each of those games. In the end, I believe the game turns into a track meet with Houston doing everything they can to set a frenetic offensive pace. The Hard Hat Defense will look like they are on their heels at times but I think they keep in close just like they did for three-quarters in 2013. Look for a nail biter in the fourth quarter with the game hinging on either a stop or take away by the Hard Hat Defense. 

Chris

Examiner writer, Aussie, journalist

Score: Let’s say 37-21

Thoughts: It’s going to be a tough one for UTSA, they’re a solid team, but Houston just have that much more experience especially with such an inexperienced quarterback lineup. Add to that the fact that Houston are opening their new stadium and will have an impressive home crowd on their side and it’s hard to go past anything but a UTSA loss.

JP

Man about town, CardinalHealth band member, Bar Owner, Gonzo in SA show person

Score: Give me UH 28, UTSA 24

Thoughts: The weather is going to be ugly in Houston Friday night (A shame with those
all white unis). That should help slow down a spread style offense like
Houston’s but I still don’t think it’s going to be enough for UTSA to rain
on the christening of The Cougar’s new digs.

Gonzo

Gonzo in SA, frequent Instagram-er of watches, shook hands with Dat Nguyen

Score: Cougars win, 41-27.

Thoughts: I think the last name, ‘O’Korn’ is stupid. I’m not going to act like I know a lot about this Houston Cougars team. It’s the same stuff you saw when you Googled them. In any case they’re young, so I can’t imagine they’ve gotten worse. I hear the weather’s going to be bad, maybe it benefits UTSA to keep the ball out of O’KORN’s hands. What a stupid name. Houston has won 5 of it’s last 6 home openers (I Googled that)… I think this is a solid measuring stick game for the Roadrunners, and the fact that we get a game like that this early is a good thing. In addition, I’ll give some weight to the Cougars not wanting to lose to UTSA in the first game in their new stadium.

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