From May 22nd to June 2nd, Hook ‘Em Headlines will rank the biggest games of the 2013 football season. Today we breakdown the first road game of the 2013 football season against the BYU Cougars.
Why could this game be more important?
In 2011, BYU came to Austin and played a very young Longhorns team. Garrett Gilbert was the starter for this game and ended up being his last appearance as a Longhorn. The Cougars were up 13-3 at halftime but David Ash and Case McCoy lead the Longhorns back and they ended up winning 17-16. This game wasn’t won by the Longhorns, but lost by the BYU Cougars. BYU has to feel they let one slip away in Austin. That game and the momentum created could have made a difference in their 2011 season. BYU might use this game against the Longhorns as a springboard for their 2013 season.
Why could this game be less important?
BYU finished 8-5 last year but lost one of it’s dynamic playmakers Ezekiel Ansah. The Cougars lost many starters as well as their starting and backup quarterback. The Cougars, who normally run a spread offense, will have to rely on Sophomore running back Jamaal Williams. Kyle Van Noy also returns for the BYU defense but is the only proven playmaker. I expect the offensive line to keep Van Noy away from David Ash.
About the BYU Cougars:
BYU (Brigham Young University) is located in Provo, Utah. BYU is the only designated Morman university in the United States. BYU Football is one of the best non-BCS football programs. They are the last non-BCS school to win a national championship (1984) and the last Heisman trophy (Ty Detmer, 1991). After Utah got invited to the Pac-10 to form the Pac-12, BYU went independent in football. This will be BYU’s 3rd season as an independent.