BYU may choose to emphasize the run as well. The strength of the Virginia defense is its secondary where all four starters return. The Virginia pass defense allowed just 208 yards per game last season. Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill is still developing as a passer, and it is possible two of his top targets (Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo) will not play. Take into consideration the deep stable of running backs, and keeping the ball on the ground doesn't sound like a bad option.
If both teams take a run first approach, then this might be a go fast, go hard, go home early kind of day.
BYU, on the other hand, has won six consecutive season openers with all but one coming against competition from BCS automatic qualifying conferences, like Virginia.
Virginia may come out and play with extra urgency. Besides the fact that they are playing against a tougher opponent than usual, Cavaliers head coach Mike London may be coaching for his job this season. In three years, he has just a 16-21 record, and was just 4-8 last year. Oregon is on deck next week, which is an almost guaranteed loss. An 0-2 start would not help London's chances. He replaced many of his assistants this offseason, so if things don't go well this year there is no one else to blame.
BYU and Virginia go back over 25 years when they first met in 1987 in the All-American Bowl. Little did anybody know at that time, but each school had a freshman quarterback on the roster who would go on to become the school's all-time leading passer. In 1990, they would via for the Heisman Trophy. BYU's Ty Detmer (15,031 career passing yards) would win the award, and Shawn Moore (6,629 passing yards) finished fourth in the voting.
All-time Series: Virginia leads 2-1
Last: BYU won 38-35, OT (2000)
Streak: BYU won 1
KICKOFF: 1:30 PM (Mountain Time)
TV: ESPNU, www.watchespn.com
RADIO: KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, Sirius XM Ch. 143
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