Middle Tennessee vs UNT Preview

The Mean Green offense is in good hands with QB Mason Fine. Photo Courtesy: Sandy McAnally
The Mean Green offense is in good hands with QB Mason Fine.
Photo Courtesy: Sandy McAnally

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Game Info
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs North Texas Mean Green
Saturday – October 1 – 6:00 p.m.
Apogee Stadium – Denton – Texas

Records Before the Game
Middle Tennessee (3-1, 1-0)
North Texas (2-2, 1-0)

The North Texas Mean Green is coming off an amazing 42-35 win against Rice University in double overtime last week. This win snapped the Mean Green’s 14-game losing streak on the road.

Tomorrow, the Mean Green take on the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University.

The Blue Raiders are eighth in the nation in total offense averaging over 540 rushing yards, including 370 passing yards per game and they score an average of 39.5 points per game. So the Mean Green defense is in for a tough game. Against Rice, the Mean Green defense allowed about 500 yards of total offense, though they were able to force three turnovers and sack the quarterback three times.

Middle Tennessee’s defense allows an average of 386 total offense per game, including 186 on the ground and 200 through the air. The Mean Green offense averages 334 total yards per game, including 181 through the air, and 154 on the ground. They score an average of 26 points per game.

The Mean Green will have their work cut for them, but if they can play like they did against Rice or play better, then they can be victorious. The keys to winning for the Mean Green will be to excel on offense by driving up the field and putting points on the board. The defense will need to make stops and they’ll need to sack the quarterback and force turnovers.

Middle Tennessee is 16-point favorite, and there’s no doubt that they’ll look to shut down the Mean Green. My prediction is Middle Tennessee wins 35-28. The Mean Green is great on offense, but the defense can sometimes come up short on making crucial stops.