Texas Longhorns Vs BYU Cougars Free Pick 9/7/13
Texas Longhorns (1-0) at BYU Cougars (0-1)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)
The Line: BYU Cougars +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
Storyline: For basically the first two quarters of their season opener against New Mexico State, it looked as if the Longhorns had once again received too high a billing. All the hype about the return of ten starters to a high octane offense that would be employing a new up-tempo scheme, with speed to burn everywhere you looked, yet heading into the half they were down 7-0 to a team that finished 2012 as one of the worst in the FBS. Then someone flipped the switch and Jr. QB David Ash, who had already thrown two picks, suddenly came to life, throwing TD passes of 54 and 66 yards in short order and the rout was on. Texas went on to score 56 unanswered and compile a school record 715 yards of total offense in a more than convincing 56-7 win. BYU, conversely, got edged out 19-16 by Virginia in its rain-soaked season opener after a two-hour weather delay.
The Breakdown: Not that the game against the Aggies is any real measure, but Texas could have something here. Eventually, everything clicked and after catching fire at the end of the half, Ash never cooled off, ending with 343 yards and 4 touchdowns on 20-of-28 passing. And although the running game was more of a committee situation, it was equally impressive, amassing 359 yards and two touchdowns on 42 attempts. True freshman Jalen Overstreet led the way with 9 carries for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ash added another 91 yards and one touchdown. Jr. Joe Bergeron also got in on the things with 79 yards on 9 carries, as did Soph. Daje Johnson, who rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown on 6 carries. For BYU, the rain seemed to hamper the passing game and it never took shape. Soph. QB Taysom Hill finished with 175 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 13-of-40 passing. The Cougars did, however, get a strong outing from Soph. RB Jamaal Williams, who carried 33 times for 144 yards. BYU outgained Virginia in total yards 362-223 and first downs 21-14, but just couldn’t pull through in the end and surrendered the game-winning TD on a 13-yard run with just over two minutes left in the 4th.
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Rick’s Pick: This won’t be a cakewalk for the Horns by any stretch and I think the line, which is currently set at -7 for Texas, is indicative of that. The Cougars are certainly a team that could take advantage of a first half like the Horns had against New Mexico State. I think eventually, though, Texas has too many home-run hitters to be held in check for 4 quarters by almost anyone, particularly a BYU. Texas covers.
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