When: Sept. 6, 2014
Where: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
Texas fans may shutter when the words Brigham Young University are mentioned. Last season, the Longhorns suffered an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Cougars and gave up 679 offensive yards in the 40-21 loss in Provo, Utah.
BYU returns quarterback Taysom Hill, who wrecked havoc on the Texas defense when he rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Hill's 1,344 yards rushing and 103.4 yards per game average helped him finish the 2013 season ranked No. 19 in total rushing yards, No. 24 in rushing yards per game and No. 10 in total offense as a sophomore.
The Cougars also return running back Jamaal Williams, who managed to rack up 1,233 yards on the ground despite missing nearly two full games in 2013. Williams rushed for 182 yards against Texas and finished the season ranked No. 25 nationally in total rushing yards, again, despite missing nearly two games.
This game will likely come down to the Texas defense's ability to stop the run. The Longhorns defensive line is expected to be a solid group, but this game will be the first big test on how good the D-line really is. If the defense can slow down the uptempo BYU offense, Texas should pick up the W.
Way-too-early projected record after BYU: 2-0