Head coach Mack Brown's No. 15 ranked Texas Longhorns will be tested on the road against BYU this weekend.
Texas easily dispatched cupcake opponent New Mexico State at home in Week 1, winning 56-7. Quarterback David Ash overcame two early interceptions, throwing four touchdowns and rushing for another.
Week 1 wasn't kind to BYU, which lost a heartbreaker on the road against Virginia, 19-16. The Cougars defense, which was the No. 3 ranked unit in the nation last year, allowed a late touchdown to lose the game.
The last time these two schools squared off was in 2011. Texas hosted BYU and eked out a one-point victory, 17-16.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming battle.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
Watch: ESPN 2
Live Stream: Longhorn Network
Spread (via Covers.com): Texas -7
Longhorns Injury Report (via USAToday.com)
Jakeem Grant, WR, Questionable (Undisclosed)
Michael Brewer, QB, Questionabel (Back)
Jalen Barnes, DB, Out for Season (Shoulder)
Cougars Injury Report (via USAToday.com)
Cody Hoffman, WR, Probable (Hamstring)
Mike Hague, DB, Doubtful (Hamstring)
Uani' Unga, LB, Doubtful (Chest)
Trent Trammell, DB, Out for Season (Knee)
Sam Lee, DB, Out Indefinitely (Back)
Tuni Kanuch, DL, Out for Season (Pectoral)
Jordan Johnson, DB, Out for Season (Knee)
Can Kyle Van Noy and BYU's Defense Shut David Ash Down?
BYU doesn't feature a particularly explosive offense. The Cougars scored 28.7 points per game on average last season and only managed 16 points against Virginia last week.
Therefore, it's safe to assume BYU will need to play stout defense in order to win this upcoming game against Texas, who comes into this game fresh off a 56-point outburst.
Van Noy and his defensive teammates held Virginia's offense to just 223 total yards and 14 first downs, which is a stellar effort.
It's going to take an even stronger performance this week to come away with the win.
Van Noy must be a constant terror in Texas' backfield this Saturday. He needs to be in Ash's head all game long in order to give his team the best chance to win.
BYU is going to be able to run the ball effectively with Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill.
Unfortunately, Hill isn't an effective passer, and Texas' pass-rushers will be able to wreak havoc on passing downs.
Ash needs to play with discipline because BYU's defense is adept of creating turnovers. If he shows up sharp and plays like he did after he threw two picks last week, then the Longhorns will win.
I'm betting on a strong performance by Ash, who will lead Texas over BYU on Saturday.
Longhorns win, 31-21
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