WHAT: UAB in North Texas
WHEN: Saturday, September 18 – 6:30 p.m.
ON: Apogee Stadium – Denton, Texas
SERIES: UAB leads, 4-1
LINE: UAB a -12
THIS GAME WILL BE DETERMINED
If the Blazers can recover after the worst loss of the Bill Clark era and start another conference title as they enter the league game against Mean Green.
THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR
1. Gall. Tyler Johnston III had one of the worst performances of his career last week, facing the best defensive unit the UAB has seen in the last five seasons, but he has a chance to leave it behind against a defense of North Texas yielding 257.5 ypg for air and ranked 109th in defensive passing efficiency.
2. Angry chair. The Blazers conceded 539 yards and seven goals to Georgia and are eager to put things on the defensive side of the ball. The UAB allowed 89, 73 and 61-yard plays in their defeat against the Bulldogs, but these three touchdowns accounted for 41.4% of the Bulldogs’ offensive production. While North Texas has a high-paced offense, the Blazers have kept Mean Green at 21 points in each of their last two meetings.
3. Sludge factory. The last three clashes between the UAB and North Texas have been a single affair, but the Blazers have the advantage of winning the last two games. While the Blazers return most of the team that faced Mean Green in 2019, North Texas has a bit of an advantage in their unknown due to the rotation of the roster.
The UAB pass attack against North Texas: The Mean Greens are a more balanced offense this season, but the passing game remains what checks the checks on Denton. The Blazers were crushed last week in Georgia, but they have a chance to earn some respect against the prolific North Texas offense.