Texas vs. BYU: Loss Proves Longhorns Overrated, Yet Again

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2013

David Ash
David AshGeorge Frey/Getty Images

The Texas Longhorns' 40-21 loss to the BYU Cougars on Saturday proves yet again that the Longhorns are one of the most overrated teams in the country. 

Mack Brown's team went into the game ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll and No. 16 in the USA Today college football coaches poll. Yet, the Longhorns looked completely overmatched against the Cougars, a team that lost 19-16 against Virginia in Week 1. 

There are problems that lie on both sides of the ball. Offensively, David Ash is simply not capable of putting together a consistent string of quality starts. Last week against the New Mexico State Aggies, he wasn't even consistent from half to half. 

In the first half against the Aggies, Ash threw two interceptions on two straight drives. But he turned things around in the second half to help lead Texas to 715 yards of total offense, a school record. 

Ash was also sacked three times on Saturday, proving that both the offensive line can't give Ash enough protection and that Ash doesn't have the composure to be able to scramble out of the pocket and throw the ball away. 

The Longhorns' third-down efficiency is also an issue. Texas converted just five of 17 third downs against BYU

Against BYU on Saturday, Ash looked rattled as he tried to make quick, rapid-fire decisions in the no-huddle offense. He completed 19 of 34 pass attempts, just over a 55 percent completion percentage, for 251 yards and two scores. 

Where Ash saw the most drop-off was in his run production. Against the Aggies, he ran for 91 yards on just eight carries, an 11.4 yards-per-carry average. But against BYU, he racked up just 34 yards on 16 carries, a 2.1 yards-per-carry average. 

Defensively, Texas showed on Saturday that it simply doesn't have the talent to slow down the run game, a problem that was evident last year. The Cougars gained a whopping 550 yards on the ground. This is coming after a 2012 season that saw BYU average just over 153 yards on the ground per game.

A defense is most defined, though, by how many points it gives up. And on Saturday, this unit gave up 40 points to a team that averaged just over 28 a year ago.

Last year, Texas was overrated despite winning 10 games. That's because in the big-time games against Oklahoma and Kansas State, the co-champions of the Big 12 last year, the Longhorns were steamrolled.

When a team loses to the co-champions of the conference by a combined 60 points, that showed the Longhorns were incapable of competing with the best of the Big 12.

Now in 2013, it seems like they can't even compete against teams such as BYU, a squad that received no votes in either of the two major polls this week.