BYU's Cougars in Blue will face Houston's Cougars in Scarlet for the first time in school history on Saturday at Reliant Stadium. BYU takes its first out-of-state trip since the season opener on a three-game winning streak and hopes to move to 5-2 with a win.
Meanwhile, undefeated Houston is still looking for a quality win over a nationally recognized program, and BYU fits that bill. It knows that a Top 25 ranking will likely be the reward for beating the visting Cougars.
Here's a look at the matchup and what's at stake in this game of Cougars vs. Cougars.
BYU (4-2) at Houston (5-0)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT
Reliant Stadium (71,500)
TV: ESPNEWS Radio: 1160 AM
Weather: Temperatures in the 70s with a 40 percent chance of rain.
Houston is looking to preserve its undefeated record. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
For BYU BYU, which hasn't left the state of Utah for a game since August, is hoping to build on its three-game winning streak.
Houston leads the nation in turnover margin at plus-14. Houston has forced 18 turnovers this season.
For BYU BYU has held 12 straight opponents to 21 points or less. The last time BYU had a streak like that was in 1939-40.
Houston will win if
The Houston Cougars will win if they force turnovers and slow down BYU’s rushing attack.
BYU will win if The BYU Cougars will win if they get the type of balance offensively they enjoyed against Georgia Tech and score consistently in the red zone.
Cody Hoffman, BYU: The senior wide receiver needs one more catch to become the Cougars’ all-time leader in receptions. Right now, he’s tied at No. 1 with Dennis Pitta with 221 in his career. He needs two touchdown catches to surpass Austin Collie for the No. 1 spot in that category.
BYU’S SECONDARY vs. HOUSTON’S PASSING GAME: Houston could test BYU’s secondary. True freshman quarterback John O’Korn has thrown for 1,131 yards this season. Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry is No. 10 in the country, averaging 7.8 catches per game, and No. 8 with 121.2 yards per game.
BYU: Offensive lineman Nick Alletto (stinger) is questionable. Safety Craig Bills (concussion) is expected to play.