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Herd-UTSA game prediction

Hello, Herd fans!

If I’ve counted them correctly, I am 5-5 picking Herd games this year, which reflects an uncertainty over how good this team ultimately will be. I picked losses in wins over Miami, Cincinnati and Western Kentucky; I picked wins in the Florida International/Atlantic swing.

Which brings us to another trip to Texas, as the Thundering Herd plays its seventh different foe in that big, big state (Cincinnati, Texas-El Paso, Houston, Rice, Southern Methodist and North Texas are the others.) You probably don’t mean to be reminded that the Herd is 1-9 in those games, with all nine games some degree of miserable.

I guess you know where this is going.

Marshall will have trouble running the ball and Chase Litton will be … um, chased out of the pocket several times. The Herd may slow down the two running backs, but will be burned by QB Dalton Sturm, who apparently is smarter than the average bear.

I have warned you all week that UTSA’s 2-4 conference record is extremely deceiving. The Roadrunners are itching for win No. 6, and will come out swinging.

I have circled this game all year for the wrong reasons, and I cannot believe the oddsmakers have made it a pick-’em, or close to it. Were I a betting man, I would throw the whole week’s bankroll on this one and forget about the rest of the schedule. Be sure to take the “under,” as well — 45 is quite low on the schedule, but it’s still too high.