NCAA College Football Preview: North Texas vs. Georgia

By Ricardo A. Hazell
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The 9th-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs are off to a 1-1 start and are coming off a bye week. They will be facing a North Texas Mean Green team that represents a considerable drop off in competition from their last two opponents, Clemson and South Carolina.

Traditionally known as a school where running backs and receivers reign, QB Aaron Murray is the man with the golden arm and sports a gaudy passer rating of 194. But the Bulldogs will need to be weary of a let down. The only type of winning the North Texas team is expected to do may have more to do with a scratch-off lottery ticket than football, but one can’t ever be too confident in their abilities. Head coach Mark Richt will need to guard against team-wide overconfidence.

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Caution is in order for a Bulldogs’ squad that ranks near the bottom of the SEC in points allowed (34) and total yards per game (460). The University of North Texas football team isn’t going to just lay down and make a Milk-bone dog biscuit of itself. The Mean Green comes in with a 2-1 record, and has been putting up points and racking up yardage against the likes of Idaho, Ohio and Ball State.

In fact, they overcame an 11-point margin to down a not-too-shabby Ball State team 34-27 last week. Senior signal-caller QB Derek Thompson is among the nation’s most accurate quarterbacks, completing 71 percent of his passes.  As much as I would like to give North Texas’ offense a fighting chance, the defense reminds me otherwise.

They’re giving up 435 yards per game to far lesser competition than Georgia, and their football program is 1-43 all-time versus top-25 schools. Georgia wins by a score so ridiculous that I dare not type it.

Ricardo Hazell is a freelance sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google.

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