2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The North Texas Offense
Don’t forget about the running game. It’s crazy not to throw for over 300 yards per game when you have a quarterback like Mason Fine and a loaded receiving corps like North Texas owns, but when the ground attack is working, forget about it. In the Seth Littrell era, UNT is 15-0 when the offense runs for 160 yards or more, and went 5-0 last year.
Biggest Key To The North Texas Defense
The pass defense just has to hold up. Every game with North Texas is a firefight, and every tries to crank up the passing game to keep up, but the Mean Green have to get better against the better throwing teams with a new pair of starting corners.
UNT came up with a whopping 18 picks last season and gave up 18 touchdown passes, but got hit for 200 yards or more 11 times, getting worse as the season went on. As long as the interceptions keep coming and the secondary can come up with a key third down stop here and there, it’ll be doing its job.
Key Player To A Successful Season
CB Cam Johnson, Jr.
… and/or sophomores Jordan Roberts, Keelan Crosby and Quinn Whitlock. Everything else is in place for a massive season, but the corner situation is a wee bit of a question mark after losing top men Nate Brooks and Kemon Hall. The Mean Green don’t have to be a rock in the secondary, but they simply have to not get destroyed. The safeties are in place, but the corners have to show up early on.
Key Game To The North Texas Season
at Louisiana Tech, Nov. 9
The road game at Southern Miss to start out the Conference USA season is a big deal, and hosting UAB at the end will matter, but to win the West, the Mean Green should have to get by Louisiana Tech on the road. The Bulldogs won 29-27 last year in Denton.
– North Texas Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 North Texas Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: North Texas 148 – Opponents 46
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 18 – North Texas 9
– Time of Possession: North Texas 31:26 – Opponents 28:30