Breaking down Houston, BYU's Week 8 opponent

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 11:07 a.m. MDT

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BYU's offense better make sure to secure the football, because Houston excels at taking it away. Houston leads the nation in turnover margin with 10 fumbles recovered and eight interceptions on the season while turning over the ball just four times for a net margin of 14.

That's not good news for BYU as its turnover margin is negative three.

LB Derrick Mathews is a key leader with 49 tackles, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Senior DB Zachary McMillian is another dangerous defender with 26 tackles and two interceptions this season.

This defense will challenge BYU as they allow only 127 yards rushing and 19 points per game. Granted, Houston has faced only one team with a winning record so far this season, but if BYU doesn't secure the football Houston will make the Cougars pay.
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Good Offense, but against extremely weak competition. The toughest defense Houston has faced was Memphis, traditionally a better than average defense coupled with a terrible historic and current offense. Memphis held Houston to 247 yards and if it's horrid offense hadn't kept turning the ball over, Memphis would have won.


Sagarin has Houston ranked at 56 with their SOS at 135th. BYU is ranked 24th with an SOS of 25. Houston could be much better than 56 but hard to tell. Sagarin's Predictor for BYU is 82.09 and 75.15 for Houston (including the home field advantage). As long as BYU is not looking past Houston and concentrates on beating Houston BYU should win.

The public thinks BYU will win by nine as that is the point spread on betting sites. Sportschatplace picks Houston to win by a "narrow margin" because of home field advantage and Houston's expected turnover margin.

Should be a fun game to watch, if BYU can stop Houston's passing game and not lose the turnover battle BYU should win and might even win big if Taysom and team can duplicate their passing of the last few games!


BYU may not score many points in this game, but having watched 3 of Houston's games so far, their offense is overated, as it has seemed pretty average against poor opposition. As long as there are no Defensive touchdowns scored by Houston I could see BYU shutting them out.

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