One of the most impressive teams on college football’s opening weekend was Texas. The Longhorns, playing their first game under new coach Charlie Strong, had little trouble with North Texas, rolling to a 38-7 victory. Quarterback David Ash looked good, throwing for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown, while the Texas defense held the Mean Green to 15 yards passing and 79 yards on the ground. If someone had scripted a perfect opening game for the Strong Era, it likely couldn’t have gone much better than what transpired last Saturday.
This Saturday, Texas hosts Brigham Young, a team with hopes of a nine-plus win season coming off a 35-10 win against UConn. The Longhorns have had some issues this week, though, with Ash being ruled out for the game with a concussion. The contest should be one of the better games in Week 2.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
Location: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
Betting line: Texas -3 (via 5Dimes)
Prediction: Ash being ruled out should make this contest, already expected to be close by many, much closer than previously expected. Texas will start Tyrone Swoopes at quarterback. The sophomore totaled 26 passing yards and 79 rushing yards and a touchdown in 2013. With Ash out and Swoops in, expect the Longhorns to run the ball a lot. Texas totaled 168 yards on the ground in its opener, while BYU allowed just 71 rushing yards to the Huskies in its opener.
Texas will win this game, though, and cover the three-point spread. The Longhorns defense is too stout and should contain a Cougars’ offense led by quarterback Taysom Hill. If this game was in Provo, Utah, BYU would likely be the pick, but the home-field advantage gives Texas the slight edge.