Pre-gaming w/Schmidtty: BYU Edition

A bunch of old Cougars are going to be chasing the young Horns on Saturday. To get you up to date on the matchup let’s take a look at what BYU will be bringing to DKR this weekend.

Head Coach (Record): Bronco Mendenhall (57-21)

2010 Record: 7-6 (5-3/3rd MWC) Defeated UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl, 52-24

Returning Starters: 10 Offense / 6 Defense

Player to Watch: The conversation starts with quarterback Jake Heaps who started 10 of the Cougars’ 13 games last season as a freshman. He broke every BYU freshman quarterback record and broke or tied two BYU bowl records with his 73.5% completion percentage and four passing touchdowns against UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. Last week, Heaps threw for 225 yards and a touchdown in a very close victory at Ole Miss.

Key Matchup: Texas Defensive Line vs. BYU Offensive Line. Last week, Texas defensive ends Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat didn’t have a chance at sacking Rice QB Taylor McHargue with their quick, short passing scheme. This week they shouldn’t have that problem as the Cougars use more deep drop back passing plays. As long as Okafor and Jeffcoat can fight around or through senior offensive tackle Matt Reynolds and the rest of the BYU line, expect Heaps to be scrambling for his life. If not, the QB will test the young corners of Texas.

Prediction: Texas is 0-2 lifetime against BYU but I expect that streak to end. I predict both defenses will show up for this one in a closer-than-it-should-be 23-17 victory for the Horns.

Where to Watch: If you’re watching at home or at the ABT tailgate, the game will be on ESPN2 starting at 6 p.m. If you got tickets to the game, then you better come early, be loud, stay late and always wear your orange.

Hook ‘Em!

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