NCAA Football Betting Favorite: Texas -7
The Texas Longhorns were probably the single biggest disappointment in the 2010 college football season. For a team with as much talent as Texas to go 5-7 was almost unimaginable, but they are looking to put that dreadful season behind them. BYU started last season slowly, but they built up momentum and finished the year on a roll. Both teams started the season with a win last week. The two teams will meet this weekend in Austin. While it might not be getting the hype of some of the other games, I think this has a chance to be one of the best games of the week.
Brigham Young University is a school that has a very solid football history, and Bronco Mendenhall is looking to take this team back to the top. BYU is once again an independent school, so the schedule sets up a little differently for them. Jake Heaps is the sophomore starting quarterback for the Cougars. Heaps struggled mightily the first half of last year, but he finished the season very well. He has enough mobility to keep the play alive, and he has the strong arm needed to make all the throws. The Cougars have a talented backfield with J.J. Di Luigi and Bryan Kariya splitting carries. BYU lost quite a bit of talent on defense from last year’s team, but if last week was any indication of how they’ll play this year, this unit will be fine. The Cougars held Mississippi to just 208 total yards last week.
Mack Brown made it clear that he wasn’t a bit happy last year. The Texas program was in complete turmoil during the 2010 season. The team hopes to be able to go out and erase that from their memories with a return to the usual winning ways at Texas. Last week’s 34-9 win over Rice was a solid start, but it is tough to read too much into a big victory over a bad team. Texas rolled up 506 yards of total offense last week against the Owls. Garrett Gilbert had 239 passing yards and no interceptions. The Longhorns averaged 4.8 yards per carry. If Texas is going to bounce back this season, the offense must stay balanced and avoid costly turnovers. The Longhorns defense was good last year, and they looked strong again last week. Rice was only able to put up 94 passing yards on 30 pass attempts.
Both of these teams are strong in the trenches, so I expect a hard hitting affair here. These offenses aren’t dominating, and I think the defenses will control this game. Expect a low scoring game here.
Free College Football Pick: BYU/Texas under 48.5
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