North Texas looks to stop a two-game losing skid this season, although the University of Alabama Birmingham (2-1) expects to stay undefeated against the Mean Green (1-2), winning both prior meetings between the schools in 1995 and 2014.
NCAA College Football 2017
UAB vs North Texas
Date: Saturday, September 23,
Time: 06:30 PM ET
Venue: Apogee Stadium, Denton, Texas
The potency of the Blazers’ offense is moving directly against the potency of their North Texas defense. In its first three matches UAB has averaged 254.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks 16th in the country.
Meanwhile, the Mean Green’s front seven and even both safeties have been great in nullifying the opposing team’s run game.
“It starts up front with our D-line,” Littrell said. “[UAB] is a really good run soccer team. We’ve done a fairly decent job using our run defense, and we must continue to do that. It’ll be a huge secret.”
Big plays from the Mean Green
North Texas has not been shy about taking its own shots deep so far this season. Its average completion goes for 12.7 metres while UAB allows 10.1 yards per grab.
Sophomore wide receiver Jalen Guyton and firm should have their opportunities down the area as the crime is averaging more than 35 points per game and has proven to be hazardous.
“I’m just happy we are making plays,” wide receiver coach Joel Falini explained. “From year one to year two it’s been a major jump, [with] a lot of men prepared to work so it’s very good to see they are executing their game.”
After fighting against Southern Methodist University, a group who fulfilled the box in a bid to stuff the run and force Mason Fine to throw the ball, senior running back Jeffery Wilson returned to form from Iowa last weekend.
The lone score was an explosive 41-yard conduct throughout the heart of the Hawkeyes’ defense.
While UAB only allows 3.4 yards per carry, it has not faced a running back near Wilson’s caliber in its three previous games.
“I thought we did a good job of running the football [contrary to Iowa],” Littrell said. “They gave us a few opportunities to run the football, and [I] felt like we did a nice job staying balanced during the match.”
Level of competition
In their first three games, the Mean Green faced Lamar University in the home, SMU on the street and Iowa on the road. In comparison, UAB played Alabama A&M University at home, Ball State University on the road and Coastal Carolina University at home.
The contest that the Mean Green confronted early in the season must prepare them well with this particular game and Conference USA play generally. The only downside is that they may be beat up physically from the past two games.
“The games we’ve played, we faced some great competition,” sophomore security Khairi Muhammad stated. “We played with some fantastic schemes from some decent coordinators and going into Conference USA it’s not going to stop, so we simply need to keep hungry and execute.”