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Better Fix That Defense North Texas

So much has been made of the offensive woes for the Mean Green, but what about the defense? Well they’ve struggled to string together stops. Of course the offense hasn’t helped with their quick 3-and-out, but the defense has to play better.

Here is a look at the offenses that North Texas has to face in their upcoming games.

Future Opponents Offensive Ranks

TeamPoints Per GameRankYards Per GameRank
Southern Miss
33
40
497.7
19
Portland St
29.7
36
339
75
Western Kentucky
36.5
24
493
20
Marshall29
56
312
109
UTSA
20
97
383
70
Louisiana Tech
32.7
44
501
17
Tennessee
36.7
22
425
44
Middle Tennessee
36
29
446
33
UTEP27.7
64
386.7
67
AVERAGES

31
46th
420
50th

It looks like a daunting task for a defense that is giving up 44 points a game and 498 yards of offense a game. The defense also cannot count on the offense to put up significant points or eat up yardage to help.

North Texas is only averaging 18 points a game. They’ve only scored over 30 once with McNulty at QB. If the offense doesn’t start to put up a ton of points and stay on the field longer it may turn into a long year for the North Texas defense.

There is still hope that the Mean Green defense can turn it around. Cosh is teaching a new defense. It does take time to adjust to play calling with a new defensive coordinator. Chris Cosh is also learning how his players react in game situations. Its going to take some time for this unit to gel. They have a lot of new and young pieces. There is a good chance that they get better. They better or its going to be a disastrous year.

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MGN CUSA Power Rankings: Week 5

CUSA Power Rankings Week 5

 

Thoughts:

  • ODU wet the bed vs Appalachian St.
  • Southern Miss had their opportunities vs Nebraska, but just couldn’t quite finish.
  • MTSU has a pretty good QB.
  • UTSA should’ve beat CSU, but the safety early in the game was the difference.
  • Charlotte & FAU combined for 12 TO’s. That is a nice WOW moment.
  • Marshall is looking average.
  • WKU is still strong.
  • La Tech won a good battle vs. FIU. La Tech is the team to beat from the west.
  • Not sure what to make of UTEP narrowly beating Incarnate Word, but hey its a win.
  • North Texas well welcome back to the Bottom 10.
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The Break Down: Iowa

IOWA SCOUTING REPORT 

OFFENSE: Pro Style, Some 3 WR sets

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE: 4-3 Over

 

 

 


 

INSIDE THE MATCH-UPS

IOWA PASS OFFENSE VS. NORTH TEXAS PASS DEFENSE

Iowa
Iowa passed the ball 40 times last week against a Pitt. Part of the reason Iowa threw it so much was because Pitt was really good against the run. The other part was the Iowa coaching staff really trusts QB C.J Beathard. Beathard is playing really good football right now. His main target VandeBerg is a slot WR who reminds me a lot of Jordan Shipley from Texas. Greg Davis uses VandeBerg in a lot of similar ways. Iowa will also run a lot of WR and RB screens. So look for RB Jordan Canzeri to get plenty of targets.
North Texas
It was the big play that killed NT last week against Rice. The secondary gave up 373 yards passing against an average Rice passing attack. Chad Davis and Zac Whitfield were both abused vertically in the passing game. For North Texas it was the old deep ball menace that struck again. This week the secondary faces a better QB and better passing attack. Losing Cedric Fernandes will hurt the secondary tremendously. Freshman Aston Preston will see a lot playing time this week.
EDGE: Iowa

IOWA RUN OFFENSE VS. NORTH TEXAS RUN DEFENSE

Iowa
The bread and butter of the Hawkeye offense is their physical run game. They feature two backs, Jordan Canzeri and LeShun Daniels. Canzeri has emerged as the Hawkeyes lead back with 4 TDs. Iowa loves the outside zone running attack. The other threat that Iowa has in the running game is QB Beathard. Beathard is more than capable of hurting the Mean Green Defense with his legs. Iowa won’t call many designed QB runs, because Beathard took a beating against Pitt last week. Beathard will most likely be using his legs in unscheduled situations.
North Texas
North Texas did a decent job at defending the Rice rushing attack, but they still gave up close to 200 yards. Fred Scott and Blake Bean have done a pretty nice job making plays on the defense end. North Texas needs more push from their DL and more penetration from Austin Orr and Sir Calvin Wallace against Iowa. Highlighted it a bunch already, but the zone rushing attack for Iowa will give North Texas a ton of problems.
EDGE: Iowa

IOWA OFFENSIVE LINE VS. NORTH TEXAS DEFENSIVE LINE

Iowa
Kirk Ferentz always puts together a good offensive line at Iowa. This year is no different. This group does a great job with their stretch and lead outside zone running plays. The Hawkeyes OL and their blocking scheme is really a tough match-up for North Texas.
North Texas
North Texas strength is in the pass rush ability. J. Roberts has 2.5 sacks on the year and is getting pretty good pressure on the QB. Freshman R. Young has flashed his ability to move the pile and make plays. For North Texas this week they need to be sure they get constant pressure on Beathard, and they need to ensure they keep him contained. On the run stopping end Iowa should be able to push the North Texas DL around.
EDGE: Iowa

NORTH TEXAS PASS OFFENSE VS. IOWA PASS DEFENSE

Iowa
Iowa has a pretty experienced secondary, but they are vulnerable. Iowa is giving up about 223 yards passing a game. The Hawkeyes have also given up 27 1st downs on passing plays compared to only 13 from running plays. North Texas has to exploit this weakness if they are to have a chance. Desmond King has 3 INTs on the year and is probably Iowa’s best coverage corner.
North Texas
The North Texas pass offense improved last week from the SMU game. McNulty managed to put in a solid effort, but issues and doubt still remains. McNulty targets Carlos Harris too much. Harris does get open, but McNulty stares him down too often. The ball needs to be spread around to more players. Chris Loving and Marcus Smith had nice games last week. NT maybe able to take advantage of an Iowa pass defense that can be vulnerable to slot WR’s. This unit will have its hands full this week because they will be relied on heavily to move the Mean Green offense.
EDGE: Iowa

NORTH TEXAS RUN OFFENSE VS. IOWA RUN DEFENSE

Iowa
Iowa is very stout at stopping the run. The Hawkeyes are only giving up 1.87 yards per carry. Iowa held Pitt to just 55 yards rushing last week. Pitt had been averaging around 226 yards a game. The Hawkeye 4-3 over defense is pretty basic, but Iowa does a good job winning battles at the line of scrimmage. They are also very fundamentally sound when it comes to filling the run lanes. Iowa is a really good swarming defense.
North Texas
The North Texas run offense came to life against Rice last week. North Texas ran for 175 yards against a Rice defense that had been pretty stingy against the run. Jimmerson had some good runs. Ivery came in and provided a spark. Ivery fumbled in the 2nd quarter after a big run. He rarely saw the field after that. One reason the run game improved was NT’s OL finally opened up some holes. The run game faces a stiff challenge this week. Hopefully North Texas gets star RB J. Wilson back this week, because they need him.
EDGE: Iowa

NORTH TEXAS OFFENSIVE LINE VS. IOWA DEFENSIVE LINE

Iowa
Iowa’s DL is very talented. They are led by DE Drew Ott, who has been battling an injury. Ott is great pass rusher. Iowa also has another talented pass rushing DE on the other side of Ott in Nate Meier. Meier is leading Iowa in sacks. Meier had 2 sacks last week against Pitt. Iowa’s pass rush along with their ability to shut down opponents run game will make life tough on the North Texas offense.
North Texas
The North Texas OL did a pretty good job last week opening up running lanes for the NT RB’s. The OL will have its hands full this week against a talented Iowa DL. The one area that North Texas continues to struggle with is pass protection. Any pass plays that are slow developing put the Mean Green OL in a spot of trouble.
EDGE: Iowa

IOWA SPECIAL TEAMS VS. NORTH TEXAS SPECIAL TEAMS

Iowa
Iowa will be the best special teams unit that North Texas has faced so far this year. Desmond is a decent return guy. The punter Dillon Kidd is hitting almost 50 yards per punt.
North Texas
The North Texas special teams hasn’t been as special as many had hoped it would be. Iowa has a punter that gets some good distance on his kicks. That should allow for Darvin Kidsy to have some room for returns. Punter Eric Keena has been the MVP of the team. Keena has done a tremendous job helping North Texas win the field position battle.
EDGE: Iowa

 5 KEY PERSONNEL MATCH-UPS

NT WR Carlos Harris vs Iowa CB Desmond King

NT TE Marcus Smith/TE Chris Loving vs Iowa LB Ben Niemann

NT CB Chad Davis/CB Zac Whitfield vs Iowa WR Teavaun Smith

NT RT Chris Miles vs Iowa DE Nate Meier

NT QB Andrew McNulty vs Iowa QB C.J Beathard


GAME PLAN FOR VICTORY 

How Iowa will Win

Iowa will win if they are able to control both lines of scrimmage establishing the run game on offense and stopping NT’s run game. CJ Beathard needs to avoid the numerous turnovers which North Texas needs. If Iowa is able run the ball they will be able to hit the deep play action passes all day long.

How North Texas will Win

North Texas will win if they are able to establish a running game. Establishing the running game will allow McNulty and his wide receivers more open room to work in. North Texas will also need lots of help from the defense. The Mean Green will need to stop or slow down the Iowa running game. If NT does that they should put Iowa in 3rd and long situations. NT will have to do a better job this week on 3rd downs too, but I believe in the Mean Green pass rush. The Mean Green defense will also need force a couple of turnover giving the offense shorter field to work with. Finally the special teams will need to be special. Big returns and punts that pin Iowa deep will help North Texas keep it close and give the Mean Green a slim shot at winning this game.

 

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Inside the Numbers: Iowa

Iowa National Rankings

CategoryNational Rank
Scoring Offense58
Scoring Defense34
Rushing Offense55
Rushing Defense3
Passing Offense55
Passing Defense69
Total Offense53
Total Defense17
Yards Per Play42
OPP Yards Per Play32
Points Per Play56
OPP Points Per Play51
Avg Scoring Margin42
Allowed QB Sacks Per Game78
Sacks Per Game19
Opponent Average Team Passer Rating70
3rd Down Conversion %12
OPP 3rd Down Conversion %27
TO Margin46

Iowa Offensive Play Calling

Overall 
RunPass
57%43%
1st Down
60%40%
2nd Down
59%41%
3rd Down
44%56%

Iowa Opponents Play Calling

Overall 
RunPass
47%53%
1st Down
RunPass
44%56%
2nd Down
RunPass
59%41%
3rd Down
RunPass
39%61%

Iowa Offensive Explosiveness

Yards Per PlayPoints Per Play
6.1
0.43
Yards Per Play - 1st Down
AVG
Run
Pass
6.6
4.4
9.8
Yards Per Play - 2nd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
6.2
6.35.9
Yards Per Play - 3rd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
4.7
2.4
6.5

Iowa Opponents Explosiveness

Yards Per PlayPoints Per Play
4.7

0.40
Yards Per Play - 1st Down
AVG
Run
Pass
5.22.8

7.1

Yards Per Play - 2nd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
3.5

1.5

6.4

Yards Per Play - 3rd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
5.3
.7

8.3

Where Did Iowa Run the Ball vs Pitt?

LeftMiddleRight
9%72%19%
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MGN CUSA Power Rankings: Week 4

CUSA Power Rankings Week 4

Thoughts:

  • Southern Miss I thought had a semi-statement win against Texas St. Texas St is a good team and has a really good QB.
  • Louisiana Tech missed an opportunity to beat KState. I think Tech now moves into the class of this conference with Allen’s injury at WKU.
  • WKU should have beaten Indiana. It looks like WKU is back to playing no defense.
  • UTEP beat one of the worst teams in the country, and maybe they found some better QB play. Leftwich went down with an injury and back up Ryan Metz came in and tossed 3 TDs and ran for another.
  • Charlotte was just demolished.
  • Not sure about Rice yet. They havent played anybody other than a Texas team that struggles on defense. Yes they moved the ball at will against North Texas, but they also gave up too many big plays.
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The Break Down: Rice

RICE SCOUTING REPORT

OFFENSE: Spread-Power Run

Rice Jackson

Rice Offensive Play

Rice Set Edge

Rice RB Stewart TD

DEFENSE: 4-2-5

Rice Defense

Rice Defense Blitz

Rice Aggressive Run Support


INSIDE THE MATCH-UPS

RICE PASS OFFENSE VS. NORTH TEXAS PASS DEFENSE

Rice has a prime time player at the QB position in Driphus Jackson. Jackson is not an accurate QB, but he is mobile and he makes plays. This season Jackson has been disappointing. He has thrown 3 ints to his 2 tds and only hitting on 54% of his passes. Perhaps Jackson is simply missing his 2 best WR’s from last year: Jordan Taylor and Mario Hull. Jackson is leaning on Dennis Parks and Lance Wright. Parks was battling a hamstring injury in week 1, but turned in a strong effort last week against Texas. Parks had 8 catches for 77 yards

Jackson is inconsistent, so maybe North Texas can take advantage of that and force him into some mistakes.

SMU didn’t have a vaunted pass attack but North Texas played pretty well. I wasnt sure that Zac Whitfield would be able to come in and play that effective. Whitfield played really well along with Chad Davis. Safeties James Gray and Kishawn McClain also played well. if I’m Chris Cosh, there is no one in the Rice WR corps that scares me. Also beside the double-move on Whitfield our defense did a great job at not getting beat over the top, something that we discussed as a concern on the podcast and the preview. I feel pretty good that North Texas will be able to keep the Rice passing attack in check

EDGE: North Texas

RICE RUN OFFENSE VS. NORTH TEXAS RUN DEFENSE

With Jowan Davis down with injury the Owls have turned to RS FR RB Sam Stewart. Stewart churned out 130 yards and 2 TDs against a weak Texas run defense last week. Rice also has 2 other guys who bring different running styles to the good Owl rushing attack. Darik Dillard is a downhill runner with good power. Austin Walter is Rice’s version of the scatback. Walter is a home run hitter with dynamic speed, and he is very elusive. Finally you cant forget about Jackson at QB. He is a big time running threat much like Matt Davis was from SMU. He’s probably not as dynamic, but still a threat. Jackson didn’t run much against Texas because Coach Baliff didn’t want him to take a beating and Jackson didn’t need to run against Texas. His presence alone makes defenses account for him.

For North Texas is was a tale of two halves against SMU. In the first half the Mean Green only allowed 63 yards rushing. In the second half North Texas was gashed for 210. North Texas did a great job with play recognition. There were a few missed tackles, but those are to be expected in a team’s first game. Basically North Texas just got worn down in the second half. Matt Davis broke off a big run and the SMU offensive line started winning more battles. This week North Texas has to step up its run defense game even more. They have the guys to do it, but can they get off of blocks and get penetration?

EDGE: Rice

RICE OFFENSIVE LINE VS. NORTH TEXAS DEFENSIVE LINE

The Rice OL dominated a weak and bad Texas DL last week. Yes it was Texas, but their defensive line is not top-25 caliber. It would probably rank close to North Texas. They have talent, but don’t produce. Rice has a few O-Linemen making just their 3rd start. Rice does have an All CUSA G in Andrew Reue, and a guy Caleb Williams who is making his 40+ start. The strength of this OL is in the middle and run blocking. They did a great job of getting big on big against Texas. Rice engaged and stayed engaged against the weak Texas DL. Rice struggled in blitz pick up and dealing with the pass rush. Also it should be noted that Texas ran a lot 3 man fronts against the Owls, although they didn’t do the greatest job of eating up space.
Keep the following in mind when evaluating the Rice Oline:

  1. The DL evidenced bad technique and tactical play. Question: Do they understand their roles in a 3 man front against a run option team? Answer: No they do not. Playside DTs stood high on double teams and surrendered ground instead of submarining to create a pile up or split the double team. They consistently lost or stalemated at the point of attack inside and allowed blockers to seep to the linebackers.

The North Texas DL was above average against SMU. Nothing really jumps out at with this unit. NT does play a lot of guys, and will need to play a lot of those guys vs a physical Rice team. Roderick Young, and Sir Calvin Wallace did a good job of holding up the middle. I thought Combs and Tillman Johnson both played well. I believe the stunts that North Texas ran against SMU should work against this Rice unit. What this matchup really comes down to is the guys in the middle. Can NT get off blocks, can they be disruptive. If North Texas can do that then they stand a chance at winning this game. In the SMU preview we mentioned the inside run being the beginning of all things. North Texas did a solid job bottling that up early and forcing Matt Davis to make things happen on the fly. The defensive line has the same challenge on Saturday.

EDGE: Rice

NORTH TEXAS PASS OFFENSE VS. RICE  PASS DEFENSE

Rice is pretty young in the secondary. They lost 125 starts from last year’s unit. That might be more important than any other returning unit to success. It has showed against Wagner and Texas so far. Rice has given up 6 pass plays of over 15 yards, an avg QB rating of 168, and 11 passes for first downs so far. Its really been the big play that has hurt Rice. The Owls have been decent when it comes to opponents pass completion percentage of 47%. Seniors CB Ryan Pollard and S Zach Espoinsa headline the secondary.

North Texas has a chance to really take advantage of Rice in this match-up — I know all of you are laughing right now, but it is true. McNulty is a bad/average QB, but even he can take advantage of the Owl secondary. There are big plays to be had. For North Texas they need to set up some more shots down the field. The Mean Green also need to scrap the deep routes to Carlos Harris. I’m looking for Smiley to have another good game and hoping Goree has a much better game. Also want to see Canales use Rutherford in those red zone chances. After a week where the playcalling was under scrutiny, we will see what Canales and company break out for the first home game and first league game.

EDGE: Slight North Texas

NORTH TEXAS RUN OFFENSE VS. RICE  RUN DEFENSE

Rice is pretty solid against the run and held Wagner to 86 yards last week and Texas to 166 yards. The strength is up the middle of the defense, where they have been able to get penetration and get off blocks. The Rice DL did a good job of beating a young inexperienced Texas OL. As I mentioned earlier the Owls use a 4-2-5 just like SMU. They are going to rely heavily on their DB’s/Safeties in run support. In fact I believe those DB’s/Safeties are a little too aggressive in run support sometimes.  The Owls best run stopper and probably best defensive player is Alex Lyons look for him to be very active against the Mean Green.

The North Texas run offense wasn’t near what I thought it could be against SMU.  The OL struggled mightily to open up holes. North Texas started its 3rd string RB, J. Wilson was injured and Jimmerson was suspended for a quarter. The play calling was not the greatest. This is supposed to be the strength and identity of this Mean Green team. North Texas may not have Wilson this week again, so Jimmerson will be shouldering the load. Hopefully Willy Ivery will get some touches this week too. North Texas really needs this run game to get going. The offensive line will need to create more lanes for the runners and not simply rely on playmaking from Jimmerson et al.

EDGE: Rice

NORTH TEXAS OFFENSIVE LINE VS. RICE DEFENSIVE LINE

The strengths of the Rice defensive line are in the middle, at defensive tackle. Stuart Mouchantaf is back from injury and has been very solid. Ross Winship at NT has also been solid and disruptive. If there are issues on the Rice DL its at the DE’s and depth. DE Graysen Schantz was expected to have a breakout year, but he is out with a torn ACL. Brian Womac and Derek Brown had good games against Texas at the DE position. Each guy ended up with at least 2 TFL. Rice isnt very deep behind that front unit. If North Texas can get its tempo to work, the Mean Green will have a chance to wear the Owls down.

The Mean Green OL struggled against SMU. NT struggled with blitz pick up and assignments. That is correctable and needs to happen if North has any chance at beating Rice. Jordan Murray gets the start at LT this week. He will be going up against a pretty good DE. Kaydon Kirby has struggled throughout his career when facing a NT. Sam Rice was a non factor against SMU. Chris Miles struggled in pass protection. This unit needs to find the right pieces and gel in a hurry.

EDGE: Rice

RICE SPECIAL TEAMS VS. NORTH TEXAS SPECIAL TEAMS

This week North Texas will have a big advantage again in the Special Teams. Rice struggled mightily in the return game against Texas. You have to feel that if North Texas can just give Kidsy some space he could make a big play. Kicking wise Eric Keena could provide a huge advantage in flipping field position. He did it last week and will need to do it this week if North Texas has a chance.

EDGE: North Texas


 5 KEY PERSONNEL MATCH-UPS

  • NT DT’s Austin Orr/Sir Calvin Wallace vs Rice G Peter Godber/ C Spencer Stanley/ G Andrew Reue
  • NT LT Jordan Murray  vs Rice RDE Brian Womac
  • NT CB Chad Davis/ CB Zac Whitfield vs Rice WR Denis Parks
  • NT LB Fred Scott/Blake Bean vs Rice RB’s Sam Stewart & Darik Dillard
  • NT QB Andrew McNulty vs Rice QB Driphus Jackson

 GAME PLAN FOR VICTORY

How Rice will Win

Rice will win this game if they care of the ball and establish their physical running game. Its pretty simple for Rice in my book. Keep it simple stupid. They probably will have to throw the ball more, but with NT being inept on offense Rice should be able to wear down the NT defense and put the Mean Green away.

How North Texas will Win

There are a number of things that have to happen if North Texas is going to win this game. First is NT has to get better play at the QB & OL positions. Second NT has to find some way of establishing a rhythm on offense. I’m not sure this team has established its identity yet. Third NT has to get big plays from the special teams and defense. I don’t believe the offense is capable of winning this game by themselves. North Texas will need a big punt return or blocked kick and probably a defensive TD or multiple turnovers.

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3 For Thursday

Is Saturday a Must Win for Coach McCarney?

In my mind the answer is yes and here is why:

  1. The fan base fractured right now. They just don’t trust the Coach and his Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales. The offense has always seemed flawed and behind the times. McCarney preached to whoever would listen to him that his starting QB play would be better this year. He told the fans that McNulty is the guy for the job, because he makes the best decisions, knows the play book, won’t turn the ball over, etc… Yet when the bullets were flying Saturday night McNulty failed at all the above. He missed reads; missed wide open WR’s; turned the ball over; and looked exactly like the 2014 QB. McNulty’s play along with an offense that looked inept sent the Mean Green fan base into an up roar during and after the game. North Texas fans aren’t dumb they know what seemingly every other college football program is doing these days. The fan base sees other programs setting records for offense. This fan base sees TCU, Houston, SMU, Baylor, Texas A&M and says why not us Coach? Why can’t we be that successful on offense. Don’t we recruit the state of Texas that has tons of spread offensive play makers at the high school level? Why can’t we land a spread Texas High School QB? This fan base wants to see progress not a regression. They can live with winning or losing with DaMarcus Smith, but rolling McNulty out there on Saturday and watching him struggle may send the fans towards the exits. Coach McCarney and Coach Canales better figure out how to put a winning product together on offense or things will get real ugly.

  2. It’s a conference game and it’s the first conference game. Even though week one was a disappointing loss there is still hope. North Texas can still rebound and put together a conference run. It all starts with winning a huge match-up Saturday against Rice.

  3. It’s a home game and Coach Mac reps that decent 16-7 home record everywhere he goes. He can’t afford to lose a home game to an in state conference opponent and recruiting foe. It’s a must win. North Texas has only 5 home games thanks to its Athletic Director, and they better win all of them if they want to go to a bowl game this year.

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Inside the Numbers: Rice

Rice National Rankings

CategoryNational RankStat
Scoring Offense29th42
Scoring Defense89th29
Rushing Offense5th314
Rushing Defense40th117.5
Passing Offense93rd188
Passing Defense37th163.5
Total Offense25th502.5
Total Defense31st281.5
Yards Per Play84th
OPP Yards Per Play116th
Points Per Play80th
OPP Points Per Play128th
Avg Scoring Margin92nd-14
OPP Avg Scoring Margin93rd+14
Allowed QB Sacks Per Game83rd2
Sacks Per Game98th1
Opponent Average Team Passer Rating124th158.2
3rd Down Conversion %2nd67%
OPP 3rd Down Conversion %65th37.5%

Rice Offensive Play Calling

Overall 
RunPass
65%35%
1st Down
68%42%
2nd Down
69%31%
3rd Down
53%47%

Rice Opponents Play Calling

Overall 
RunPass
67%33%
1st Down
RunPass
73%27%
2nd Down
RunPass
70%30%
3rd Down
RunPass
50%50%

Rice Offensive Explosiveness

Yards Per PlayPoints Per Play
5.88
0.49
Yards Per Play - 1st Down
AVG
Run
Pass
6.1
6.2
5.8
Yards Per Play - 2nd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
4.8

4.45.5
Yards Per Play - 3rd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
7.4
6.7
8.1

Rice Opponents Explosiveness

Yards Per PlayPoints Per Play
5.79

0.59
Yards Per Play - 1st Down
AVG
Run
Pass
6.6
3.8

14.2

Yards Per Play - 2nd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
5.4

3

10.8

Yards Per Play - 3rd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
4.7
4.4

4.9

Rice WR Targets

WR Dennis Parks
18%
WR Lance Wright
14%
WR Zach Wright
12%

Play Makers

     
QB Driphus Jackson
Yards Per PlayYards Per Pass CompletionYards Per Run
4.910.13.8
1st Down QB Rating2nd Down QB Rating3rd Down QB Rating
104.350.23142.51
RB Samuel Stewart
Yards Per PlayYards Per RunYards Per Reception
75.817.3
WR Dennis Park
Yards Per PlayYards Per Reception
9.69.6

Where Did Rice Run the Ball vs Texas?

LeftMiddleRight
28%49%23%

Rice Plays Over 5 Yards

RunPass
5229
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Inside the Numbers: North Texas Season Tendencies

National Rankings

Category National Rank
Scoring Offense108
Scoring Defense118
Rushing Offense47
Rushing Defense100
Passing Offense87
Passing Defense94
Total Offense92
Total Defense110
Yards Per Play95
OPP Yards Per Play99
Points Per Play110
OPP Points Per Play110
3rd Conversion %45
OPP 3rd Conversion %127
QB Sacked %72
Def Sack %13
TO Margin118

Offensive Play Calling

Overall 
RunPass
52%48%
1st Down
59% 41%
2nd Down
43%57%
3rd Down
34%66%

Opponents Play Calling

Overall 
RunPass
63%37%
1st Down
RunPass
74%26%
2nd Down
RunPass
54%46%
3rd Down
RunPass
51%49%

Offensive Explosiveness

Yards Per Play Points Per Play
4.95
0.24
Yards Per Play - 1st Down
AVG
Run
Pass
5.55.3
5.9
Yards Per Play - 2nd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
3.84.33.5
Yards Per Play - 3rd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
5.82.8
7.4

Opponents Explosiveness

Yards Per Play Points Per Play
6.44

0.56
Yards Per Play - 1st Down
AVG
Run
Pass
5.5
4.3
8.9

Yards Per Play - 2nd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
7.75.8

9.9

Yards Per Play - 3rd Down
AVG
Run
Pass
7.5
5.010.2

WR Targets

Position / Name
WR Carlos Harris
22%
TE Chris Loving
12%
WR Turney Smiley
10%
TE Marcus Smith
11%
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Mean Green Nation Game Week: Rice

Good Morning Everyone!

North Texas will try to rebound from the SMU loss as they take on the Rice Owls this Saturday. Its the first home game and even though last week didnt look good there is still hope.

  • Reason 1 for Hope – Its a home game!
  • Reason 2 for Hope – North Texas won the last time they were home underdogs.
  • Reason 3 for Hope – I saw a lot of missed opportunities on film. If UNT can correct those mental mistakes they could surprise Rice.
  • Reason 4 for Hope – Rice has to come into Apogee and face a pissed off North Texas team. A team that is having a lot of hate spewed their way. Right now North Texas is a wounded animal and that makes them a very dangerous team.
  • Reason 5 for Hope – Magical things happen at Apogee!

We will continue to update this post as the week goes on with more news items, predictions, and links to our own posts!


Mean Green Nation

  • MGN Podcast 48: Game day – Join us live Saturday morning (around 9-10am) as we provide y’all with Mean Green talk before the big game. Think of this as a little college gameday show, just for North Texas fans. We will be doing our podcast from that Tailgate area (Red/Blue lot) for those of you that want to stop by and join in on the fun.

Game Information

Time: September 19, 2015 1:30 pm CT

Location: Apogee Stadium, Denton TX

Line: Rice -8.5

TV: Fox College Sports

Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM KNTU 88.1 FM KGAF 1580 AM

Weather: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

 


The Matchup

North Texas Season Record: 0-1

Rice Season Record: 1-1

Series Record: Rice leads 3-2

Last 5 Matchups:


Team Information

Rice

North Texas


News Ticker

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Take the Game Day Shuttle to the Game

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Everything you need to know about UNT-Rice: Predictions, analysis, TV listings and more

Rice football: A look at North Texas

Predictions

Sports Chat Place: Rice

TEAMRANKINGS: Rice 33 – North Texas 25

numberFire: Rice 32 – North Texas 24

Bret Vito – North Texas 23 – Rice 21

Dallas Morning New Picks: Everybody but Vito has Rice

Bleacher Report: Rice 31 – North Texas 20