North Texas vs Florida Preview

Quarterback Mason Fine running for a first down at the Bethune-Cookman University vs University of North Texas football game at Apogee Stadium, Denton, Texas on September 10, 2016. Photo courtesy of Sandy McAnally
Quarterback Mason Fine has to be at his best for North Texas to be competitive on Saturday.
Photo Courtesy: Sandy McAnally

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Game Info
North Texas Mean Green vs. #23 Florida Gators
Saturday – September 17 – 6:30 p.m.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville – Florida

On Saturday, the North Texas Mean Green will be taking on 23rd ranked Florida Gators. The Mean Green, 1-1, is coming off their first win of the season where they defeated Bethune-Cookman 41-20. Florida is coming off a 45-7 win against Kentucky.

Freshman Mason Fine has been named starting quarterback for this game. Fine started last Saturday and went 11-for-22 with over 100 yards through the air. Fine became the first true freshman since 2007 to start a game for the Mean Green. Though he was pulled from the game in the third quarter after he was brought down hard, he didn’t seemed to be injured and Head Coach Seth Littrel decided that Fine is the one they need to guide the offense.

This week Fine will be in for a big challenge. Florida’s defense is ranked 9th in total yards this season, and they’ve only allowed 14 points so far. They’ve allowed a total of 336 yards of offense. Florida’s defense is ranked 12th in passing and 22nd in rushing. The Mean Green offense is currently averaging 422 yards of offense per game. But this Saturday, the offense may get clobbered.

The Gator offense may be a nightmare for the Mean Green defense. The Gator offense averages 464 yards of total offense per game and has scored 69 points in their first two games. The Mean Green defense has allowed an average of 402 yards of offense per game. If the Mean Green defense can sack the quarterback at least three times, force at least two turnovers, and not allow more than 35 points, that would be considered a valiant effort.

My prediction: Florida 49 – Mean Green 49-21. Fine is a very talented quarterback. He’s got speed and a good arm. He’s got a decently talented offense to work with and if they can put up 21 points, they have a good performance. The defense, on the other hand, will have their work cut out for them. But it’s like I said earlier: if the Mean Green force turnovers and get to the quarterback, they can challenge the Gator offense.