The Orlando Sentinel has ranked all 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 125 to our projected No. 1 team.
Today at No. 103: Texas-San Antonio
Coach: Larry Coker (12-10, third season; 72-25 overall)
2012 record: 8-4 (3-3 WAC, fourth place)
Look back: Former Miami coach Larry Coker was hired to start a Football Bowl Subdivision program from scratch, and in just its second season, the Roadrunners surprised many with the progress they showed despite a very young roster. The University of Texas at San Antonio won the first five games of the season, picking up its first FBS win over South Alabama to start the season and downing New Mexico State in its WAC opener. The Roadrunners had a midseason letdown, losing four straight to Rice, San Jose State, Utah State and Louisiana Tech, but responded by winning their final three games of the season. UTSA capped the year with a 38-31 win over rival Texas State.
Offensive starters returning: 10
Offensive starters lost: 1
Defensive starters returning: 8
Defensive starters lost: 3
Key losses: OL Patrick Hoog, DL Franky Anaya, LB Brandon Reeves, CB Erik Brown
Top returnees: DB Triston Wade, QB Eric Soza, RB David Glasco II, WR Kam Jones, OL Cody Harris, OL Scott Inskeep, LB Stevn Kurfehs, TE Cole Hubble
Strengths: The Roadrunners scored at least 24 points in all but two games last season, and they return all but one starter from that unit, which averaged 31.2 points and 390.2 yards per game. UTSA was most effective running the ball, averaging nearly 160 yards per game on the ground. It returns leading rushers David Glasco II (537 yards, 5 TDs) and Evans Okotcha (450 yards, 8 TDs).
The Roadrunners also were strong against the run last season, giving up just 107.8 yards per game on the ground. Despite losing its leading tackler, LB Brandon Reeves, UTSA brings back plenty of production in the front seven.
Weaknesses: QB Eric Soza completed 58.9 percent of his passes, with 20 touchdowns and just three picks. However, UTSA didn't stretch the field much, averaging just 231 passing yards per game. The Roadrunners also gave up 271 yards per game through the air, which ranked among the worst in the country. UTSA returns All-Western Athletic Conference DB Triston Wade, but it must be better overall in the secondary.
The team also has to work on its discipline. UTSA averaged 7.8 penalties per game, which was ninth-worst in the country.
Outlook: In a short amount of time the program has come a long way and is poised to join Conference USA for the start of the 2013 season. With 18 returning starters, UTSA could surprise some teams this year. However, it's worth noting just two of UTSA's eight wins in 2012 were against Football Bowl Subdivision teams as it made the transition to the highest level of college football. It likely will be tougher for the Roadrunners to post a winning record when they face 12 FBS teams in 2013.
Aug. 31 at New Mexico
Sept. 7 Oklahoma State
Sept. 14 at Arizona
Sept. 21 at UTEP
Sept. 28 Houston
Oct. 5 at Marshall
Oct. 12 Rice
Oct. 26 UAB
Nov. 2 at Tulsa
Nov. 9 Tulane
Nov. 23 at North Texas
Nov. 30 Louisiana Tech