After a last second victory over Pittsburgh, Iowa now has their focus on North Texas in hopes of heading into Madison with a 4-0 reord. The Mean Green have lost both of their games so far, both by double digits, 31-13 to SMU and 38-24 to Rice. Their first contest outside the state of Texas will be a stiff one as the Hawkeyes enter having already recorded two victories over Power 5 programs in Iowa State and Pittsburgh.
The offense has been the lone bright spot for North Texas, as they have been able to move the ball in both games so far. With coach Dan McCarney at the helm and in control of the program, it is no surprise to hear the comparisons to Iowa State. Both schools love to spread out a defense and attack the edge.
"They're pretty similar to Iowa State in how they like to get the linebackers out of the box and be more in coverage," Hawkeye linebacker Cole Fisher said. "They like to use that to their advantages so that they can run the ball. They'll run a lot of passing routes when they're running the ball. It makes it a little tough. Instead of blocking on the edges, they're running routes. It makes the reads a little more difficult."
"They use a lot of similar schemes to Iowa State," defensive end Parker Hesse agreed.
"Similar to Iowa State," cornerback Greg Mabin re-enforced. "Not the exact same, but pretty similar."
The challenge of North Texas on the edge is something that the secondary has to be prepared for. Just because the Mean Green wideouts are running a route does not indicate if it's a pass play or a run play. That could put defensive backs in a bind so it will be important that the seconary awareness is at a high level.
"They like to spread us out to open the run," Mabin shared. "Off of every run, they have a pass play as well, so we have to be ready for that. I'd say they're pretty fast, right there with Iowa State."
Hear from Cole Fisher, Parker Hesse, and Greg Mabin and get their complete thoughts on North Texas in the video above.