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Houston vs BYU: Game time, Channels info, Preview and First Week Analysis

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Taysom HillPROVO, Utah – Cougars square off as the No. 25 BYU Cougars host the Houston Cougars on Thursday night. Houston rebounded from a poor week 1 performance by blowing out the Grambling State Tigers 47-0 to even its’ record at 1-1 while BYU improved to 2-0 after going on the road and dominating the Texas Longhorns 41-7.

Channels Info: ESPN

Houston had a horrible showing at home against the UTSA Roadrunners to open the year but looked healed up last week against an FCS opponent. The Cougars are averaging 342.5 yards and 27 points per game on offense and have hurt themselves with eight turnovers. Sophomore quarterback John O’Korn has thrown four picks and only one touchdown so far while averaging 202 yards passing per game. Junior running back Kenneth Farrow is averaging 7.6 yards per carry on 20 attempts for 151 yards and a score. The defense has played well, allowing 250.5 yards and 13.5 points per game while forcing seven turnovers. Senior linebackers Derrick Matthews and Efrem Oliphant lead the team with 23 tackles, 1.5 for loss each.

BYU has cracked the Top 25 with two impressive early season wins over the Connecticut Huskies and Texas. The Cougars are averaging 471 yards and 38 points per game with a solid offense. Junior quarterback Taysom Hill is the key cog that makes the offense click as both the leading passer and rusher with 489 yards passing and three touchdowns in the air while adding another 196 yards and five scores with his feet. As strong as BYU’s offense has been, the defense has been up to the task allowing 306.5 yards and 8.5 points per game while forcing six turnovers. Senior linebacker Zac Stout has been a lynchpin on the unit with 16 tackles, 1.5 for loss.

Keys for Houston Win

Houston has to take care of the football which mean O’Korn can’t keep throwing picks. BYU is excellent at forcing turnovers. Houston must account for Hill on defense.

Keys For BYU Win

Hill must keep running a mistake-free offense while spreading the ball out when necessary. The defense needs to keep the run game in check and force O’Korn into long down and distance situations.

Key Injuries :

Houston – John Leday (WR)

BYU – Nick Kurtz (WR); Bronson Kaufusi (LB); De’Ondre Wesley (OL); Algernon Brown (RB)

Favorite:

Latest Line, BYU -17.5

Conclusion:

Houston will try to turn its season around with a win against a Top 25 team in BYU that has had no issue so far this season imposing its’ will on opponents.

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