The Mean Green have already achieved so many goals, a division crown, a second straight bowl bid, and a date for the CUSA crown, everything from here on out is the cherry on top of the North Texas season. North Texas plays old foe Army once again, this time at Apogee. A few keys:
Preparing for the option
Coaches hate prepping for the flexbone. The blocking schemes are tough to deal with, the assignments are different, and Army takes the air out of the ball. Plus there are only a handful of teams that run the scheme, so most teams see it once a year at best. No matter how good your scout team is, they can't put together an option simulation that looks anything like you'll see on Saturday from the Black Knights. Army requires the defense to play assignment football, over and over again. All they need is for one defender to start cheating or assuming and they can hit for a big one. Even if everyone plays their assignment, the offense is designed to grind out yards.
Meet Michael Lawrence
You may have heard Michael Lawrence called by a different name, "The Standard," a nickname he received after coaches teammates saw his effort and attention to detail. The sophomore from Sweetwater has stepped into a nice role for the Mean Green this season, augmenting the skills of Jalen Guyton, Rico Busey, and Turner Smiley. Lawrence has shown big-play ability, catching a game-changing pass against UTSA and making eleven catches against FAU. With Lawrence, Busey, Guyton, Jaelon Darden and trigger man Mason Fine all first or second-year players, North Texas should be a team to deal with for a few more years.
Mason Fine is closing in on some pretty incredible milestones.With 188 yards on Saturday Fine will become the second 3,000-yard passer in North Texas history. With 292 yards he'll be the top single-season passer in Mean Green history. He's just four touchdown passes away from tying the school record at 26. He should surpass all those records by the end of the season, and then he'll have two more years to continue rewriting the Mean Green record book.
Notes and Numbers...
This will be the seventh all- meeting between Army and North Texas.
Army leads the series four wins to two.
The Black Knights have earned a bid into the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl after the victory against Temple.
Army is playing in back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 1984 and 1985 seasons.
Army’s six-game winning streak is the longest for the Black Knights since 1996.
North Texas has posted 243 first downs over the rst 10 games, and their 24.3 first downs per game ranks best in Conference USA.
Mason Fine has thrown 13 touchdown passes of 20 or more yards this season.
Jeffery Wilson’s 6.76 yards per carry ranks 10th- best in the nation and he leads C-USA.
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