Entering the 2013 season, the Georgia Bulldogs were considered a heavy national title favorite and a team that could give the Alabama Crimson Tide a run for their money in the SEC. However, an early loss to the Clemson Tigers in week one has set this team back a bit and sent fans calling for the job of head coach Mark Richt.
On the other side of the field, the North Texas Mean Green enter their biggest game of the season in week four with a 2-1 record and an 0-1 record on the road. Traveling to a hostile Georgia environment, the Mean Green will face something they have yet to see this season.
Georgia has one of the best passing attacks in the nation behind the strong arm of senior quarterback Aaron Murray who has 632 yards and four touchdowns through two games this season. The Bulldogs’ gunslinger is a serious Heisman contender and running the table for the remainder of the year will undoubtedly put him atop the list of contenders. Todd Gurley has been a force at running back, racking up 288 yards and three touchdowns.
North Texas also has one of the best pass games in the nation with senior quarterback Derek Thompson behind center. He has passed for 818 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions through three games and the third-year starter has been solid for the team in his career. The receiving corps are also solid with Brelan Chancellor and Darnell Smith combining for 38 catches, 488 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Mean Green have allowed just 20 points per game, but allowing over 400 yards in two of three games isn’t looking like a positive statistic heading into their game with the Bulldogs. Georgia has taken on two top-10 teams to start the season and have allowed 460 yards per game to go along with 34 points. The usually-solid defensive attack needs some work after losing a ton of key pieces from last year.
North Texas will travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs at 12:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: North Texas 13, Georgia 42