North Texas Mean Green vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks
Thursday, December 23, 2021 – 3:30 PM EST at Toyota Stadium
The North Texas Mean Green handed UTSA its first loss of the season on November 27, at home. With that win, the Mean Green became bowl eligible thanks to a winning streak that is up to five games. Now they’ll take on a Miami Ohio club that also went 6-6 on the season in the Frisco Football Classic.
Miami Ohio lost an overtime game to Kent State in its final game of the season but the RedHawks still won six games on the year and had won three of their last four prior to that loss to Kent State. North Texas doesn’t have the greatest pass game but the run game was sensational all season long. The Mean Green averaged 440.7 yards per game with 246.2 yards per game was on the ground.
The offensive line hasn’t really been all that special but the running from DeAndre Torrey has been. Torrey ran for 1,215 yards this season on 248 carries with 13 touchdowns. On the other hand, Miami Ohio averaged 29.1 points per game with 425.6 yards per game. For the RedHawks, the passing game was much better with Brett Gabbert under center.
He threw for 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions on the year. Gabbert really didn’t get great protection this season but was still able to limit turnovers. The RedHawks also rushed for 143 yards per game and just have so many weapons on the offensive end. The run blocking was so much better than pass protection.
On the defensive end, coverage was a bit off this season, but with a terrific pass rush, the secondary was bailed out plenty of times this season. The front seven for Miami Ohio is going to be the difference-maker in this game. Again, North Texas has not done well blocking in the passing game either, giving plenty of potential to the pass rush of Miami Ohio.
But also, the same can be said about North Texas and how well their defense has played upfront. The pass protection has not been good for Miami Ohio either and both front sevens are really going to make a difference in this game.
While I like Miami Ohio to win this game, I think the better play here is the under. The pass rush for North Texas is as elite as they come. The Mean Green have been just fine against the run as well and that should help keep Miami Ohio off the board.
Meanwhile, Miami Ohio has the more consistent defense. The RedHawks are making more tackles and have been just as good in the run game on the defensive end. Again, the secondary is not great for Miami Ohio, but the pass rush is able to help bail the secondary out most of the time.
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