North Texas: First Look

It helps Army that this game will be played in friendly surroundings at Michie Stadium as the Mean Green travel north to take on the Black Knights in a battle of color based mascots.

The Army Black Knights (4-2) are now in great position to get something out of the 2016 season. The home stretch starts this Saturday with a home game against a North Texas team that has been better than they were expected to be at the start of the year. It helps Army that this game will be played in friendly surroundings at Michie Stadium as the Mean Green travel north to take on the Black Knights in a battle of color based mascots.

Season so far

As noted above, North Texas has been better this season than they were expected to be and they come into this one with a 3-3 record on the season. The Mean Green started off with a 34-21 loss at home to an SMU team that has only one other win on the season (against FCS school Liberty). This was followed up by a win against an FCS opponent of their own, as North Texas scored 41 points to beat Bethune-Cookman.

Week 3 of the season saw UNT face their only real test so far as they took on Florida in The Swamp. The Gators dominated every aspect of the game, holding North Texas to just 53 total yards in a 32-0 domination where the score was actually flattering to the visitors. A victory against winless Rice (0-6) in two overtimes followed, before a loss to Middle Tennessee and a win against Marshall two weeks ago evened the UNT record heading into the match-up with Army.

Injuries and Suspensions

The Mean Green had a bye week to prepare for the Army game, so a number of players who had injuries and knocks were able to take time off and recover from their ailments. There are just three players named on the injury report for this game and each is noted as being a question mark for the Army game (as opposed to out) with an undisclosed injury problem. The three players are WR Rico Bussey Jr., LB Fred Scott, and OG Garrett Gunter, meaning that no one unit on the team is particularly suffering from poor health.

Challenges

North Texas are an interesting team, but at 3-3 it feels like their record is a little inflated based on who they have played. The big issue Army will have here is that the Mean Green did have they bye last week, so they have been able to spend more time working on their option defense than most schools are able to before they play the Black Knights. Army created a bye of their own in some ways too, blowing out Lafayette early and getting the starters some much-needed rest, so it will be interesting to see if players look generally fresher than they normally do seven games into the season. 


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