BYU football Top 25 Countdown to Camp: No. 23

2014-07-09T06:00:00Z 2014-08-01T20:44:23Z BYU football Top 25 Countdown to Camp: No. 23Jared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
July 09, 2014 6:00 am  • 

No. 23: Charlie Strong, Texas head coach

Note: As the final month before the BYU football team starts fall camp ticks away, here is Jared Lloyd's list of the Top 25 individuals who will have the biggest impact on the success of the Cougars in 2014.

Everything is bigger in Texas, particularly when it comes to football.

That's why few jobs compare to the pressure and opportunity for new Longhorn coach Charlie Strong, who has plenty of talent but also a lot of question marks.

BYU heads to Austin on Sept. 6 to face a Texas team that got embarrassed in Provo in 2013. Although the Longhorns ended up being respectable, the Cougars weren't able to maintain that level of play and thus couldn't capitalize on their big win.

But this year could be different. If BYU can start the year with a road win at UConn (very feasible), the contest in Texas could easily become a springboard to a big year ... or another missed opportunity on a big stage.

Strong's ability to get the Longhorns ready will impact that game, but win or lose Cougar supporters have to be hoping he can guide Texas to a big year.

That means that -- once again -- BYU's dream season could come down to how they do in Texas.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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