The Houston Cougars (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS, 0-2 O/U) bounced back from a terrible performance against UTSA to shut out Grambling, 47-0. BYU (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U) dominated Texas on the road, 41-7 to improve to 2-0. On Thursday night, the Cougars travel to Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo, to take on the BYU cougars at 9pmET.
Point Spread: BYU opened as a 14-point betting odds favorite and moved to 17.5. The total opend at 55 and moved to 57.5.
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The Cougars lost to BYU last season at home, 47-46. This season, they jumped out to a 27-7 loss at home to UTSA and bounced back to beat Grambling, 47-0. They forced six turnovers and scored a defensive touchdown.
But that was against an FCS squad. Houston needs to keep BYU’s defense off-balance by being unpredictable. Sophomore quarterback John O’Korn has not played well in the first two games, completing 52.2 percent of his passes for 404 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
O’Korn played better last wee, tossing for 200 yards and a touchdown before Houston called off the dogs in the second half after going up 34-0 in the first half. They also rushed for 275 yards and three touchdowns led by Kenneth Farrow, who put up 130 yards.
Defensively, Earl Foster forced a fumble and had an interception, while Vincent Hall had a pair of fumble recoveries.
Houston ranked 108th in the nation last season with with 267 yards per game allowed in the air. They gave up 175 yards last week but will be tested more against BYU.
Texas had several key players hurt or suspended last week, but nobody expected BYU to demolish them, 41-7. Taysom Hill completed 18-of-27 for 181 yards against Texas, but was sacked six times and had an interception. He lost 35 yards on the sacks but still managed 99 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Last season, Hill averaged 226 yards per game int he air and rushed for 1,344 yrds and 10 TDs. He put up 417 yards and four touchdowns through the air against Houston last season, while rushing for 128. But he was also intercepted three times and suffered eight sacks.
Hill is averaging 5.4 yards per run, while Jamaal Williams rushed for 89 yards against Texas.
The BYU defense ranked 16th in the nation last year with a 113.22 pass efficiency defense. Overall, they were supposed to be down this season due to the loss of linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
However, the Cougars are allowing just 8.5 points and 76.5 yards rushing after the win over Texas and the opener on the road against Connecticut (35-10).
Linebacker Branson Kaufusi, who had two sacks against UConn, left the Texas game with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for this game.
BYU has looked dominant in the first two games, while Houston has no FBS wins. This could be ugly but Houston does have some talent and played the Cougars tight last season.