Big 12 football: Could BYU have Texas on upset alert?

by Berry Tramel Published: September 6, 2013
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A few years back, Brigham Young and Texas agreed to a three-game football series. Two games in Austin, one game in Provo. Good deal for the Longhorns.

But the game at BYU's 63,470-seat Lavell Edwards Stadium comes Saturday, and it's one of the Cougars' biggest games in years.

As an independent, BYU's home schedule is void of regular robust foes. Washington State and Oregon State were the big names last season. Virginia and Houston are the big names next season.

Texas is several steps up from that in prestige. And the Longhorns, 22-16 over the last three years, seem susceptible.

UT messed around with New Mexico State last week, trailing 7-0 with two minutes left in the first half before winning 56-7.

“We're not happy in the way we played the first half,” said Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. “But that's the sign of a mature team (to rally). Not to say that it doesn't matter, but we internalized it, put it in its own place and moved on.”

Playing well for one half won't be enough for Texas in Provo. The Longhorns are seven-point favorites, but let's go with BYU in the upset.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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