The Army Black Knights (4-2) will meet the North Texas (3-3) at Michie Stadium in West Point this Saturday. This is the second home game in a row for the Black Knights and the team will be looking to dispatch North Texas in the same fashion as Lafayette last weekend. The game kicks off at noon and can be found nationwide on CBS Sports Network. Here is the head to head.
ARMY PASSING OFFENSE
NORTH TEXAS PASSING DEFENSE
REMARKS: We will call this a push with a nod to the fact that Army passed the ball pretty well against the Leopards. Chris Carter is still the better passer of the two quarterbacks Jeff Monken likes to rotate in and he passed for two scores against Lafayette. Ahmad Bradshaw is slowly showing signs of progressing as a passer and if he can add that dynamic to his rushing prowess then he will make Army a much more dangerous team. The Mean Gree pass defense is nothing to write home about.
ARMY RUSHING OFFENSE
NORTH TEXAS RUSHING DEFENSE
REMARKS: The top-ranked rushing offense in the country is going to have the projected edge on pretty much any team Army faces. Against Lafayette, the Black Knights rushed for an astonishing 537 yards, with the quarterbacks doing the bulk of the damage. Bradshaw ran for 109 yards and a touchdown as the offense put up 31 first downs. Army averages 366.8 yards on the ground and the running attack is unlike anything UNT has seen at this point in the season. The Mean Green has been good against the run at times (189 yards per game on the season) but the triple-option is just a different beast.
NORTH TEXAS PASSING OFFENSE
ARMY PASSING DEFENSE
REMARKS: UNT freshman quarterback is having a solid if inconsistent season as the Mean Green starter. He has passed for 981 yards on the season but has just three touchdowns (and one interception) to show for his body of work. A huge part of the problem is that the line just has not protected Fine at all. UNT quarterbacks have been dropped for a loss 27 times through six games this year and that ties the number of sacks for the entirety of last season. Fine has stepped up since he passed for just 66 yards on 22 attempts against Florida, but the Army defensive line is going to be rushing him hard all day.
NORTH TEXAS RUSHING OFFENSE
ARMY RUSHING DEFENSE
REMARKS: On paper, North texas has an effective running back in the form of junior Jeffrey Wilson. Wilson has rushed for 564 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016, which represents more yardage and more scores than the Black Knights own Andy Davidson. Look a little closer though and there are some red flags in the Mean Green run game. While Wilson was able to get loose for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the win last time out over Marshall, his performances in the two most recent losses against Middle Tennessee and Florida were awful. He rushed for just 50 yards COMBINED in those two games and averaged 2.5 yards per carry. The Army rush defense is the second best in the country and they should eat up this UNT line.
EDGE: NORTH TEXAS
REMARKS: The two Army kickers are still not convincing anyone with their play and the one kicking star on the field this Saturday will be a visitor from Denton. UNT punter Eric Keena was somehow not on the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list, but he has been exceptional for the Mean Green of late. Keena is 12th in the nation in punting with an average of 45.3-yards per punt, including a 68-yarder earlier this year that was not wind-aided and which was fielded on just one bounce.
REMARKS: This is the Jeff Monken that the Army brass thought they had hired from Georgia Southern. In 2015 the Black Knights were a few bounces away from respectability, but every single bounce went the wrong way. This season Army is not leaving games to chance. The last two wins have been by a combined score of 128-21 and it would have been very interesting to see how the Duke game would have finished had the weather been better. North Texas is still trying to find an identity after the school's second double-digit loss season in its 91-year history last season under Seth Littrell, but Army is once again resembling a machine on offense.
REMARKS: Those offense line problems are a real issue for Littrell and his coaching staff. The Mean Green have no idea how the line is going to perform on a week-by-week basis, making game planning almost impossible. There was a worry that Army had fallen out of its groove after the Buffalo and Duke losses, but that theory was put to bed emphatically last weekend. A home game with the offense humming means trouble for the Mean Green.
PREDICTION: Army 41, UNT 14. The Army offense (rightly) gets a lot of plaudits, but it is that massively underrated defense that is the reason the Black Knights could easily be 6-0 at this point. Only Alabama is better against the run than Army and that ability to make North Texas one dimensional will result in another blowout win.