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Staff predictions: Wyoming at Texas

8/30/2012

Texas 43, Wyoming 13

This is statement time on a number of fronts for the Texas Longhorns. Will the defense live up to the hype and play up to its potential? Will David Ash be the quarterback that everyone expects he can be leading this team? Wyoming comes into this game with a team that can contend for its conference's crown but is running into Texas at the wrong time.

Texas is good and on its way to great up front on both sides of the ball. Texas will control the line of scrimmage throughout the game. Don't expect a huge passing game from David Ash, but he will test the Cowboys deep on a few occasions. Expect the rushing game to reach 250 yards with 150 in the first half. The Texas defense will play really well but will give up a couple of big plays. Wyoming will move the ball but will struggle in the red zone.

- Sean Adams

Texas 45, Wyoming 10

The Longhorns have scored 34 in each of their past two season openers. They’ll put up a few more this time around.

It’s simple, really: Wyoming had one of the nation’s worst run defenses last year. Texas should have one of the nation’s best run games this year. This is a prime opportunity for UT to experiment with its backfield and rotate its offensive linemen. They need to find a rhythm as soon as possible.

Dave Christensen’s Missouri-esque offense might work in the Mountain West, but to Texas’ experienced D it’s just another spread attack. Manny Diaz’s unit will force three turnovers and start strong on Saturday.

- Max Olson

Texas 42, Wyoming 10

Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz always says his goal is to hold the opponent to one less point than Texas’ offense generates. That should not be a problem this week. Texas is too talented and too deep on defense to allow Wyoming anything more than a field goal and a late second-half touchdown.

On offense Texas is going to stick with its running backs throughout much of the first half. But also look for them to work some play-action passing into the scheme. David Ash should play most of the first half but yield to Case McCoy in the second half.

- Carter Strickland

Texas 38, Wyoming 6

The only way Wyoming gets into the end zone in this one is if Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith is scampering around his own end trying to avoid a safety. The Longhorns defense is at a point where they don't have to think too much and can just play in their second season with Manny Diaz, and they'll prove why they are one of the nations best units.

Texas’ trio of running backs should have a field day with an improved and healthy offensive line going up against a defense that was 115th in the FBS last season in giving up 232 rushing yards per game. David Ash will use that to his advantage and throw at least two touchdowns when the Cowboys try and stack the box.

- William Wilkerson