The North Texas Mean Green will take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday in Denton. The Mean Green is coming off a 30-13 home loss to Middle Tennessee State University. The Mean Green needs to get back on the win column if they want keep their hopes for a trip to a bowl game alive.
Against MSU, the Mean Green only had 308 yards of total offense. That included 303 yards through the air and only five on the ground. The Mean Green defense allowed over 470 yards of offense, though they were able to force one turnover.
Marshall’s offense averages 410 yards per game and they score an average of about 39 points per game. The defense allows an average of close to 500 total yards per game, which includes 179 yards on the ground and 313 through the air. Marshall’s defense also allows an average of about 42 points per game.
The Mean Green defense allows about 450 total yards per game, which includes 224 yards through the air and on the ground. They allow an average of 30.2 points per game.
Keys to winning for the Mean Green will be to perform effectively on offense. They’ll need switch back and forth between running and passing the ball. Offensive drives will be alive as long as possible and they need to mean something. For example a long drive of 75 yards or so must not end with just a field goal or a punt. The defense will need to make sure not to allow many big plays and make some stops. If they can sack the quarterback and force turnovers, it’ll pave the way to victory.
Both sides of the ball need to be effective.