From The North Texas Perspective

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Mean Green come to Michie Stadium on Saturday, and hope to pull the road upset.

North Texas: Quarterback Derek Thompson gets his first career start after Nathan Tune dislocated a hip late in the loss to Rice. Tune, who beat out Thompson in preseason drills, might be out for the season. Thompson, a sophomore, lost his redshirt year when he had to play in an emergency situation late in his freshman year.


Line: Army by 5½
Series Record: Army 3-0.
Last Meeting: 2009, Army 17-13.
The anti-Army propaganda has already begun in Texas,

"The worms get their name from their eating habits. They eat everything in one neighborhood and move as an army to the next neighborhood."

No idea what that's all about.

The Mean Green psyche is fragile though, due to their 5-31 three year record. The Denton newspaper notes the teams struggles this year and issues an early collapse watch for UNT.

I am not saying a collapse is going to happen. I actually think there is a good chance UNT will beat Army this weekend, but the signs are too great to ignore.
UNT has lost its starting quarterback, center, one of its cornerbacks, a couple of tight ends/fullbacks and is moving people all over the place to cover for those losses.
UNT is also starting a two-game road trip.
By the time this ship pulls back into harbor at Fouts Field, there's a chance UNT could be 0-4 and 0-1 in the Sun Belt.

Rich Ellerson will call the Mean Green squad more than capable.

"Offensively, they're a nightmare," Ellerson said. "They're outgaining people all over the place. Turnovers have been their bane. We need to keep that going."
North Texas outgained the Owls, 420-351, and it gave Army a tough game a year ago. The Mean Green outgained the Black Knights 447-287, but Army forced five turnovers and Steelman scored on a 2-yard run with 73 seconds left for a 17-13 win on the road.
UNT have got their backs against the wall, so Army can expect both barrels from the Mean Green. A beleaguered coach, injuries throughout their two-deep. and that W/L record.



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