Texas wins if it goes into a hostile environment in Provo, Utah and punches BYU in the mouth to start the game.
The Cougars are certainly a step up for the Longhorns heading into Week 2 and a slow start like the one they had last week against New Mexico State could be disastrous. Texas will need to come out and control the line of scrimmage, take an early lead, and get the chaotic crowd in Provo to settle down. The Longhorns must be physical in the high altitude of Provo, something the Longhorns struggled with at times a season ago.
BYU brings physical brand of football with them, so they will be trying to lure Texas into a street fight. Shutting down the Cougars ground-and-pound style of offense won’t be an easy task, but the Longhorns will have to start quick and go muzzle to muzzle with the Cougars if they want to get to 2-0.
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It can’t establish itself on the line of scrimmage. It took an entire half for the Longhorns offensive line to finally get their footing against the Aggies on Saturday, something that doesn’t bode well as they head into Provo this weekend, where a much more physical team awaits them. BYU finished with the third-best defense in the country last year and return star linebacker Kyle Van Noy, although first-round draft pick Ezekiel Ansah graduated and moved on to the NFL. The Texas defense will get its first true test of the season Saturday, where they will hope to shed the label of being “soft” they received a year ago. If Texas can’t match the Cougars’ toughness on Saturday and they lose the battle at the line of scrimmage, it could find themselves in trouble late Saturday night.