The San Antonio Brahmas travel to Houston to take on the Roughnecks in a battle of Texas UFL teams. This Week 7 matchup has playoff implications for the Brahmas as they look to stay in the hunt for the postseason.

Quick Hits:

Teams: Houston Roughnecks vs. San Antonio Brahmas
Location: Rice Stadium, Houston, TX
Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 3:00PM ET
Broadcast: ESPN
Stream: ESPN+
Odds: Brahmas -3, O/U 40, Moneyline Brahmas -166/Roughnecks +140

Why It Matters:

The Brahmas need a win to keep pace in the competitive UFL South division. Houston aims to play spoiler against their in-state rival. Wade Phillips returns to Houston for the first time. He was the Houston Roughnecks head coach in 2023.

Season Snapshot:

Roughnecks Record: 1-5, 4th in USFL Conference
Brahmas Record: 4-2, 2nd in XFL Conference

Last Three Games:

Roughnecks – Loss vs St. Louis, Loss vs Birmingham, Loss vs Arlington
Brahmas – Win vs Memphis, Loss vs Birmingham, Win vs D.C.

Players to Watch:

Roughnecks: Reid Sinnett, QB – Is 5th in passing yards (947), key to offensive success.
Brahmas: John Lovett, RB- Leads the UFL in rushing yards (348)

The Playbook:

Roughnecks Offensive Strategy: Spread attack relying on Sinnett’s arm. Defensive focus on limiting big plays.
Brahmas Offensive Strategy: Run-first approach to control clock. Bring pressure on defense.

Venue Vibes:

Familiar setting for both Texas teams at Houston’s Rice Stadium. Partly cloudy, mid-70s expected.

Health & Roster Updates:

Roughnecks: OUT – Braylon Jones (C), Anthony Ratliff-Williams (WR), Toby Johnson (DT)
Brahmas: OUT – Sam Tecklenburg (OL), Anthony McFarland Jr (RB), Darius Phillips (CB)

Depth Charts Insight:

Not released Yet

Looking Back:

First-time Matchup: It is San Antonio’s first meeting against the now Roughnecks formerly the USFL’s
Houston Gamblers, Phillips former, team in name only, from 2023.

Expert’s Corner:

Prediction: Brahmas win 24-17. Houston keeps it close but SA makes key 4th quarter stops.

What to Watch:

Trench warfare – Roughnecks OL vs Brahmas front seven
Turnover battle – Protecting the ball is paramount
Red zone efficiency – FGs won’t cut it


Must-see Texas clash between well-coached teams. Huge stakes for San Antonio’s playoff hopes. Your Thoughts: Who ya got Roughnecks fans? Does Houston defend their home turf or do the Brahmas lasso a road win?

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Mark Perry Editor
Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of UFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL, USFL and UFL coverage since 2018.

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