SMU, UTSA slated to face off in Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19

By Sherry Milliken

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The SMU Mustangs will face off against the UTSA Roadrunners will face off in the Frisco both at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. 

The game pulls together two teams ranked in the top three of the Texas Football College Power Poll, with UTSA at No. 2 as a Conference USA team and SMU at No. 3. It's the first matchup of bowl season to be fully revealed. 

"We are looking forward to kicking off the Bowl Season with this great matchup and welcoming the teams and their fans to Frisco, Texas," Frisco Bowl executive director Sean Johnson said. "The Frisco Bowl is known for having exciting games with lots of professional talent – over the last six years, teh bowl is the third highest scoring bowl game, and 24 Frisco Bowl alumni were drafted or signed free agent pro football contracts in 2020." 

The Mustangs followed up their first 10-win season since 1983 with a strong 7-3 season in a COVID-shortened year. The Mustangs beat No. 25 Memphis early in the year and finished with a winning record in conference play. Quarterback Shane Buechele ranks among the best signal-callers in America and could be playing his final game with the Mustangs if he decides to enter the NFL Draft. 

On the other sideline, UTSA exploded in Jeff Traylor's first season, winning more than 60 percent of its games for the first time since joining Conference USA. Running back Sincere McCormick ranks among the best running backs in America and the Roadrunners are searching for their first ever bowl victory. 

Perhaps most importantly to both teams, the Frisco Bowl allows them to limit the length of their road trips and provides an easy opportunity to play a bowl game in the state.

The Roadrunners and Mustangs have never played each other. However, the pair have three common opponents this season. SMU beat North Texas 65-35, Texas State 31-24 and Stephen F. Austin 50-7. UTSA beat those teams 49-17, 51-48 and 24-10 respectively. 

However, the Roadrunners have played their best football in what Traylor has called "a November to remember." SMU lost its last two games against Tulsa and East Carolina. 

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