BYU’s defense poses stiff challenge, but Longhorns will win by more than a touchdown

Darren Mitchell

BYU finished third in the nation in total defense a year ago, behind only Alabama and Florida State, and held Virginia to just 223 total yards in Week 1. Despite the stout defensive performance, the Cougars still lost to the Cavaliers thanks to a lackluster offense that managed only 16 points and a quarterback in Taysom Hill, who completed only 13 of his 40 passes. The BYU defense is as good as they come, and they won’t allow Texas to come anywhere close to the school record 715 yards they gained last weekend. But the Cougars’ inability to score will allow the Longhorns to cover the spread.

Texas (-7) at BYU

Lock of the Week

San Diego State at Ohio State (-28)

The Buckeyes are supposedly national championship contenders. The Aztecs are coming off a 40-19 blowout loss in Week One to FCS Eastern Illinois. Ohio State should be able to easily win by four touchdowns at home and, if they can’t, they don’t deserve the contender status given to them.


Upset Alert

Florida at Miami (+3)

The fact that this spread isn’t higher should alarm people. Florida is ranked No. 10 in the most recent AP poll and Miami is unranked, yet the Gators are only favored by three points. Vegas doesn’t believe in these Gators and neither do I. The Florida defense looked good enough last week, but their offense carried over their struggles from a year ago as they found themselves in a drag-it-out game against Toledo. The Gators held only a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter before being bailed out by freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who intercepted Rockets quarterback Terrance Owens in a game-defining drive. It’ll be much more difficult to stop Miami quarterback Stephen Morris and his dynamic teammate, running back Duke Johnson. The Gator offense needs to give their defense a little more help if they want to win. If they come out as flat as they did against Toledo, they’ll be going home with a loss.