Breaking down Houston, BYU's Week 8 opponent

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

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On paper, Houston is a formidable foe as it is No. 19 in scoring offense with more than 40 points per game and No. 22 in scoring defense allowing just 19 points per game. That 5-0 record should say it all.

However, the Cougars in Scarlet beat FCS Southern, win-less Temple, a decent 4-2 Rice squad, 2-5 UTSA and 1-4 Memphis. The question remains: Just how good is Houston, anyway?

BYU better be ready for a fantastic team that loves to force turnovers. The Cougars in Blue will have a big fight on their hands as they travel to Houston on Saturday.
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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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