Can you feel it? The college football season is right around the corner. With Spring Games well in the rearview window, summer conditioning is next; before you know it, September will be here. For UTSA fans, fall will bring the much-anticipated return of the Roadrunners in their second year under Coach Jeff Traylor.
Despite having no in-person offseason in 2020, Traylor’s team fought through the adversity to create an opportunity. His men bought into the culture of accountability and toughness that he presented, characterized when they played eight consecutive games. UTSA finished the season 7-5 and nearly played for the Conference USA Championship. Boasting one of the top rushers in the nation from last year in Sincere McCormick, and after showing well in their bowl game loss to No.16 Louisiana in December, “the brand is hot” as Coach Traylor noted during last season. The good news for fans is that the conference and television networks have noticed.
What Channels Have UTSA Football Games in 2021
So far 11 of the 12 regular-season games have been selected for broadcast. It is expected that a partner for the Memphis game broadcast will soon be announced. Not only should the entire season once again be broadcast, continuing the program’s current broadcast streak of 97 consecutive games, but they’ll be easier to watch.
Many fans and supporters of the team, myself included, had problems watching the handful of games that in 2020 were broadcast exclusively by Stadium, Conference USA’s official broadcast partner. An entity under Sinclair Broadcast Group, Stadium produced broadcasts for the network formerly known as Fox Sports, including Fox Sports Southwest locally in San Antonio. Network contract negotiations with television service providers created unstable viewing opportunities during last season, often making it difficult to watch the Roadrunners’ exciting season. Not this year.
Conference USA unveiled its 2021 football broadcast schedule and UTSA now has 11 of 12 regular season games selected for traditional linear TV or digital streaming.
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) June 1, 2021
Last week, Illinois announced they will host the Roadrunners on September 4 to open the season for both teams. That game has been selected for national broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
For the 2021-2022 football season, seven of UTSA’s games will be broadcast within the ESPN channel network. The home opener on September 11 against Lamar is scheduled for ESPN3. The conference opener for UTSA the following week against Middle Tennessee is slated for ESPN+. Other games to be broadcast along the ESPN family tree are contests against UNLV, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP and North Texas.
Games produced by Stadium have been reduced but not disappeared. Conference USA tilts against Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech will air on the newly branded Bally Sports Southwest. According to the Dallas News, Bally Sports Southwest is currently only streaming on AT&T TV, and airing on Spectrum, DirecTV, Suddenlink, and Grande Communications services. From personal experience, it is worth noting that the Stadium Channel on your FuboTV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV subscription does not air the actual games.
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