"It's just exciting to change venues," said head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "We love playing at home, but part of college football is to travel in unique cities. It's not like the Mountain West when you go to the same cities year in and year out. I like it and I think our players like it."
BYU (4-2) is also excited to play in an NFL stadium. Houston (5-0) is playing its home games at the home of the Houston Texas this season while their on campus stadium is being renovated.
"I love going into hostile environments," said quarterback Taysom Hill. "I don't know how hostile Houston will be, but it's a fun atmosphere where you can go play on the road."
Hill has rushed for more yards than any quarterback in the country, but it's his improvement in the passing game that has made the Cougars more potent on offense. BYU has scored over 30 points in its last three games, all victories.
"I just think that everybody is starting to get more comfortable," Hill said. "The game is starting to slow down for me and for the guys around me. Receivers are getting set, they know what routes they have on each play, and it's showing on Saturday nights."
"Any new offense is going to have to get their feet wet," said cornerback Skye Povey. "I think our offense has finally got it and they're clicking. They have an identity and they're putting points on the board for us."
BYU dominated Georgia Tech on Saturday, but Houston poses a different set of problems. The "other" Cougars are faster and more athletic than the Yellow Jackets.
"Georgia Tech was a very physical team, and they would smack you in the mouth," said Povey. "Houston is more of a drop back, throw it around you and more finesse. I think we'll have a good game plan, I think we're ready and I think we match up well with them."
"They are athletic, fast, move the football fast and confident," Mendenhall said. "I don’t hardly remember Georgia Tech already. We’ve spent all day now defending four receivers and throwing the ball around. It’s college football which is one of the cool things about it because you’re not facing the same offense like you do in the NFL."
In its first two years of independence, BYU has not faced too many big-named teams in the second half of the season. But with the likes of Houston, Boise State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame all on the horizon, the rest of the season looks pretty challenging.
"We have a lot of really big games coming up," Hill said. "It's something that we really didn't have to look forward to last year. So, we still have a lot of games left to be played, and we can still get a lot of attention on the national level."
"It's one of the benefits of being independent," added Povey. "We get to play everywhere. We get to play in some really fun places. But we're excited for the challenge. I think things are rolling, I think we're picking up momentum, and if we keep it going we can be a tough team to beat."
BYU and Houston kick off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.