Matchup: Texas Longhorns vs. BYU Cougars
Date/Time: September 7th, 7:00 ET
College Football Odds from BetAnySports
Point Spread: Texas -7
As an independent, the BYU Cougars have a chance to take on a lot of teams that they wouldn’t normally have gotten a chance to face. They’ve got the Texas Longhorns this week in Provo in what amounts to be one of the biggest clashes of the year for the boys from the Beehive State on the college football betting lines.
The Longhorns are inevitably going to be as square as could be in this game. They are already getting 75% of the betting action, and we’re only at Tuesday as of the writing of this article. The Horns looked awesome last week, but against the New Mexico State Aggies, everyone is going to look awesome. UT rolled up 715 yards of offense, and the numbers that came from this game looked more like computer game numbers than anything else. QB David Ash threw for 343 yards and four TDs, though he did toss two picks as well. Four rushers had at least 62 yards, and two men, including Ash, got over 90 yards on the ground. The defense was suspect at times in the middle of drives, but in the end, only 346 yards and seven points were allowed. That’s good enough for Head Coach Mack Brown and the gang for now, but it won’t necessarily be good enough going forward against a much better team like BYU.
QB Taysom Hill knows that he needs to do a better job of completing passes in order to get the job done for the Cougars. His defense held the Virginia Cavaliers down to just 223 yards and 19 points, and that wasn’t good enough to ultimately get the job done on Saturday. BYU was taken down 19-16 in a game where the offense created almost as many points for the other side as the defense allowed. Hill only went 13-of-40 for 175 yards with a TD and a pick. He did add 42 yards on the ground with a touchdown run, but that isn’t going to cut it. That completion percentage was woeful, and on third downs, Hill was terrible. As a team, the Cougars went just 7-of-23 on third down. The team averaged just 4.4 yards per pass play. If there was a bright spot, it was that RB Jamaal Williams rumbled for 144 yards on 33 carries. Williams is going to have to be the horse this year for the Cougs if they are going to ultimately compete against some of the best teams on their schedule.
BYU isn’t all that great this year offensively, but their defense could be one of the more underrated units in the game. Asking these two teams to get to 55 points is a heck of a lot, especially after two seasons ago when they combined for just 33 points when playing in Austin. Expect this to be another low scoring barnburner that could ultimately go either way.
Texas Longhorns vs. BYU Cougars Pick: Under 55
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