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Breaking down Houston, BYU's Week 8 opponent

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

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Houston head coach Tony Levine is in his second season as head coach, and he learned from one of the great offensive minds in college football in Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin. He's already matched last year's win total and Houston looks like a serious competitor in the American Athletic Conference.

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs has turned Houston's traditionally weak defense into a turnover-grabbing machine after just one year on the job. Hiring Gibbs may be Levine's single greatest move in his short time as head coach.
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LEDSFW
Las Vegas, NV

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.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

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!

Downtownchrisbrown
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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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