Head to head: Navy vs. North Texas

Next up for Navy is North Texas. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and North Texas and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
North Texas
COMMENTS
X  
Navy rushing offense
vs.
North Texas rushing defense
 
After an off week of rushing against Notre Dame (only 257 yards) Navy remains ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing offense. Among Bowl Subdivision teams North Texas is 107th against the run.  
E  
Navy passing offense
vs.
North Texas passing defense
E  
Navy rarely passes and North Texas is ranked at the bottom of the nation in pass efficiency defense.  
X  
North Texas rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
 
The run is to North Texas what the pass is to Navy. NT picks up just 95 yards a game on the ground. Navy should have no problem shutting down the Green rushing attack.  
 
North Texas passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
X  
North Texas quarterback Giovanni Vizza has passed for 1,295 yards and 8 touchdowns this season, however, he has thrown 12 interceptions. Casey Fitzgerald is Vizza's favorite targets and has 72 receptions on the season. Navy's pass defense is rated 100th in the nation.  
X  
Special Teams
 
North Texas kicker Thomas Moreland has made 10 of 19 attempts in 2007. Navy's Joey Bullen has made 8 of 13 for the Mids. Navy gets the edge here because of their superior kick return units.  
X  
Coaching
 
Navy head coach Paul Johnson has led the Mids to multiple bowls and recently coached his team to their first win over Notre Dame since 1963. North Texas head coach Todd Dodge led Carroll high school to mythical national titles but is unproven at the college level.  

Prediction:

Navy 42
North Texas 21


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