Are You Ready for Some San Antonio Football? A Primer for the 2017 Season

Jean Jones
(September 14, 2017)

A Primer for the 2017 San Antonio Football SeasonTexans' love of football is legendary across the United States, and we can't wait for the new season to begin. Check out these helpful facts and tidbits about two teams supported by the residents of our Springs San Antonio luxury apartment communities.

University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners

  • UT athletics received their nickname as the result of a student vote in 1977 in which the runner-up name was "Armadillos." Mascot Rowdy the Roadrunner is patterned after the greater roadrunner, a species native to the U.S. Southwest.
  • The Roadrunners are a NCAA Division I team that competes in Conference USA. They made their debut on September 3, 2011 against Northeastern State in a game that set the attendance record for a NCAA Division I FCS start-up program.
  • The team's first head coach was Larry Coker, who had previously won a national championship as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes.
  • After Coker's resignation following the 2015 season, he was replaced with Frank Wilson, who led the Roadrunners to their first-ever bowl game appearance in the 2016 New Mexico Bowl.
  • Home games are played in the iconic Alamodome, which also hosts the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Stadium capacity for football games is just over 36,000.

Keep tabs on all the latest Roadrunner news at the team's page on CBS Sports.

Houston Texans

  • The Houston Texans played their first game in 2002, five years after Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams moved his team to Nashville, where they became the Titans.
  • Home games are played in NRG Stadium, formerly known as Reliant Stadium. The facility is part of NRG Park, a multi-purpose complex that includes the Astrodome.
  • The Texans compete in the AFC South division. During their relatively short history, the team has won four division championships— its most recent one in 2016.
  • Head coach Bill O'Brien is entering his fourth season with Houston after 25 years combined collegiate and professional coaching experience. In O'Brien's first three years, he led the team to three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.
  • In 2017 all eyes will be on Deshaun Watson, the team's rookie quarterback who was the Texans' first-round draft pick this year. Ranked by many sources as the top available QB, Watson comes from Clemson, where he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
  • Defensive end J.J. Watt is the team's marquee name and one of the most popular players across the country. In addition to being a top NFL performer, his Justin J. Watt Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting kids' athletic programs. Through the foundation, Watt has also raised more than $18 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Follow Battle Red Blog at SB Nation for all the top news and notes on the Texans.

Which team's colors will you be sporting this fall? Let us know in the comments!

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