Battle of Blue vs. Green

The Blue Raiders travel to Denton, TX to face off against North Texas.

Middle Tennessee travels to Denton to take on the North Texas Mean Green this weekend. The Blue Raiders will look to spoil UNT's homecoming and come away with its fourth win in the last five games.

North Texas (1-6) comes into this game ranked fourth on ESPN's bottom ten list. The Mean Green lost its first five games by a combined score of 258-97. The lone win came two weeks ago by way of a 31-21 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. North Texas dropped its most recent game 45-7 against Troy last Saturday.

One thing UNT does pretty well is pass the ball. The Mean Green lead the Sun Belt with 298 yards passing per game. Leading the passing attack is quarterback Giovanni Vizza. Vizza has started the last three games and has completed 53 percent of his passes. He has 999 yards passing on the season with six touchdowns.

Vizza's main target is Casey Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has 64 receptions on the season for 892 yards. The 5-11 junior averages 14 yards per catch and has found the end zone on six occasions.

As good as the Mean Green are in pass offense, they are equally bad in pass defense. North Texas ranks last in the Sun Belt giving up 301 yards per game through the air. UNT doesn't particularly defend the run well either giving up 220 yards per game, next to last in the conference.

The Blue Raiders will look to take advantage of the poor North Texas defense with its offense led by Dwight Dasher. Since Dasher has taken over at quarterback, Middle Tennessee ranks first in pass efficiency.

Dasher may split time with Joe Craddock, the season's starter before injury, to mix up the offense and give the poor Mean Green defense some fits. The dual quarterback tandem proved effective in last week's 24-7 victory over Arkansas State.

The Blue Raiders will look to pick up its third straight victory on Saturday. Kickoff inside Fouts Field is set for 6 p.m.


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