The BYU offense now has one real game under its belt. The coaches and players should have watched and re-watched the game film, as well as consulted and consulted some more with each other, to learn and improve. The end result of these exercises should be improvement from game one to game two.
Will Taysom Hill complete over 50 percent of his passes? Will the offensive line give Hill more time to throw, and Jamaal Williams bigger holes to run through? Will the O score more points?
2. Defensive improvements.
The BYU defense played a pretty strong game two years ago in Austin. They gave up just 289 yards of total offense including 123 passing yards. In fact, you could say the BYU defense was too good the last time these two schools met. Had they not intercepted two Garrett Gilbert passes in the first half, the Texas coaches probably don't bench him and BYU wins the game.
The BYU defense was even better in 2012, and started this season with a strong showing at Virginia. I believe the 2013 Cougar Defense is better than its 2011 counter part, so how will that translate on the field in this game?
3. The big play.
Texas was unable to get on the scoreboard last week against New Mexico State until they got a big play (54-yard touchdown pass). By the end of the game, Texas had five touchdowns on plays 38 yards or longer (four were over 50 yards long). If BYU can eliminate the big play, that will go a long way to keeping the game close in the fourth quarter and winning the game.
That places a big burden on the BYU cornerbacks. Three of these long Texas touchdowns were pass plays.
BYU was without star wide receiver Cody Hoffman last week due to a hamstring injury. Will he be back? Will he have a big game? If he plays, will he be a big boost to the passing game?
Ross Apo was supposed to play for Texas, but he changed his mind and came to the Y instead. In 2011, he started the game with some big catches, including the Cougars' only touchdown. With two years experience under his belt, what will he do this time around? Against Virginia, it looks like Apo used his time wisely during the offseason and is primed for a strong season. He was BYU's biggest deep threat last season, although under used.
Mitch Mathews looked like another legitimate deep threat for BYU in the Virginia game. Can he and Hill improve their timing this week so they connect on a few deep balls?
5. Can BYU get a statement/signature win?
Ever since going independent in 2011, BYU has been looking for a signature win that will make a statement. The only way to survive as an independent is to make the nation take notice. Beating the #15 ranked Longhorns will do that. They are a lot of people's popular pick to be this year's "surprise" team in college football. College football expert/guru Phil Steele has even said an undefeated season is a strong possibility.
Not only will the nation take notice, but a lot of excitement will be immediately injected into the BYU football program. Recruiting will see a boost. Fan interest will soar. This would be the biggest win for BYU since 2009 (Oklahoma or Oregon State), and in the long run could have the same effect as the 2006 win against #15 ranked TCU.
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