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Texas Longhorns vs. BYU Cougars Week 2 Betting Predictions & Preview

Texas vs BYU College Football Handicapping

Big things were expected from the Texas Longhorns this season, and they took care of business in a big way after an early scare against New Mexico State, beating up on the Aggies, 56-7.

Texas Longhorns (1-0) at BYU Cougars (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Lavell Edwards Stadium
City: Provo, Utah
O/U Odds: 57.5
Spread: Texas -7
Money Line: Texas -280, BYU +235

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Meanwhile, the Brigham Young Cougars knew they faced a couple of big games to open their schedule, but they couldn’t get past Virginia in their opener, losing by a score of 19-16.

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On a day in which upsets were the story, Texas received an early scare when they fell behind New Mexico State by a touchdown, but they were able to right the ship, exploding for a school record 715 yards of offense, including four scoring plays of 50 yards or more.

David Ash of course keyed the Longhorns attack, completing 20-of28 passes for 343 yards and adding another 91 rushing yards, accounting for five total touchdowns. Malcolm Brown had the best day of the men on the other side of those passes, racking up 109 receiving yards on just three receptions. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

As good as they were through the air, the team also accumulated 359 rushing yards, despite not having a single rusher eclipse the century mark. Jalen Overstreet led in that category, racking up 92 rush yards on just nine carries, adding two touchdowns along the way.

On defense, the biggest additions for the Longhorns came via players returning from injury, namely, senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat who racked up seven tackles in the game. The team forced three turnovers in their opener.

As for BYU, they could be without senior wide receiver Cody Hoffman for the second straight game. Quarterback Taysom Hill looked lost without him in the team’s opener, completing only 13-of-40 passes for 175 yards and a pick. Just about the only bright spot for the Cougars on offense was sophomore running back Jamaal Williams who rushed for 144 yards on 33 carries. The team compiled 362 yards of offense, but they were done in by the fact that they could only convert on 7-of-23 third down attempts.

Not surprisingly, the Cougars put forth a very strong effort defensively. They limited Virginia to just 223 and 14 first downs, although couldn’t come up with the stops they needed to late in the game. Standout linebacker Kyle Van Noy recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss and a pass defended in the contest.

The Longhorns feasted on a weak Aggie defense in Week 1, but they’ll face a much stiffer test in Week 2 against a stout Cougar unit. BYU struggled on offense in Week 1, and they’ll be in for an even tougher game in Week 2 against an underrated Texas defense.

The under is 10-2 in the Cougars’ last 12 games in the month of September.

The play: Under 57.5

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