And the ante rises with each win. The Mean Green victory over UTSA just ensures that Saturday's contest with Florida Atlantic will be worth even more. A few keys to a North Texas win.
While they'll never admit it, the Mean Green must guard against a drop-off. The Mean Green put a lot into their victory over UTSA and circled the game on their schedule. A road trip to Miami comes at a bad time. Expect Seth Littrell to preach consistency and intensity to his team this week. FAU is another big one.
Who are the Owls?
FAU is an unknown commodity. They are 3-3, 2-0 in league play. They've yet to beat a team with a winning record but hung around top 10 ranked Wisconsin in week two. In a lot of ways, North Texas is a litmus test for Lane Kiffin's squad. By the end of Saturday night, we'll know a lot more about the Owls.
Defend the Ground
In spite of Lane Kiffin's perceived love affair with the pass, the Owls have found success on the ground. FAU is a top 20 rushing team, averaging almost 260 yards a game and six yards a rush. Last week they torched Old Dominion for 453 yards, their second 400-yard rushing performance in 2017. They average 250 more yards rushing in wins vs. losses. With former Baylor Offensive Coordinator Kendal Briles running the offense that's no surprise. Baylor consistently led the Big 12 in rushing yards during his time in Waco. The Owls have found a formula, and North Texas needs an answer.
Notes and Numbers
This is the eleventh meeting between North Texas and FAU. FAU leads the series 6-4.
North Texas are winners of the last four matchups.
FAU set a school record for carries (69) and rushing yards (453) against Old Dominion.
QB Jason Driskel's four touchdowns against Old Dominion tied a school record.
Last Chance U star John Franklin plays receiver for the Owls.
Former Baylor OC Kendal Briles calls plays for the Owls.
FAU running back Greg Howell is fourth in school history with 2.082 career rushing yards.
North Texas' Mason Fine was named CUSA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against UTSA.
North Texas averages 37.2 points per game, good enough for 25th in the NCAA.
Notre Dame transfer Jalen Guyton has seven receiving touchdowns in six games.
Kicker Trevor Moore has converted 122 straight extra points for the Mean Green.