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#197 North Texas -4 vs.
#198 Charlotte 64
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:30pm EDT
Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: October 26, 2019, McColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC, 3:30 PM ET

The Charlotte 49ers hope to avoid a fifth consecutive loss in Saturday’s Conference USA showdown with the North Texas Mean Green. Everything has looked mean so far but the North Texas defense, which has given up 30-plus points in three straight games. They barely survived a run-in with MTSU last week, and they’ll be hoping for better luck taking on Charlotte, who is coming off consecutive losses to Clemson, FAU, FIU and Western Kentucky.

Running back group banged up for North Texas

There are some legitimate concerns North Texas won’t have enough bodies on the field to take advantage of Charlotte’s weakness in stopping the run. Siggers, the team’s No. 1 running back, is questionable on Saturday with an ankle injury. It does seem like he’s nearing a return and could potentially play against the 49ers, but it’s more likely for the team to limit his snap count even if he does suit up. Primary backup DeAndre Torrey is also on the fence on playing with a leg injury.

So there should be plenty of work for a second consecutive week for Loren Easly, who ran over MTSU for 99 yards with a 5.2 per carry average. Charlotte is almost as bad as UTSA and MTSU in stopping the run, which should ensure car port-sized running lanes for Easly, Siggers, Torrey and whoever else lines up in the backfield.

Mason Fine’s quarterback play has stood out behind center, but he could find some resistance from a 49ers secondary that’s giving up 196.0 average passing yards per game. Charlotte also ranks third in the conference for most sacks (23).

On the defensive side of the ball, the Mean Green has been absolutely atrocious at times, allowing an average of 412.4 total yards per game, which ranks third-worst in the conference. That’s a serious concern when facing anyone, especially a bad offensive team like Charlotte.

Charlotte loses fourth straight game

You know times are hard when Charlotte can’t even keep pace with Western Kentucky’s offense.

However, that was the case last Saturday in a game where they were completely shutout in the second half and gave up 30 total points. Granted, the Hilltoppers have the second-best defense in the conference, but that isn’t much of an excuse for Charlotte’s continued showings of offensive inefficiency. It’s a common theme that North Texas will also look to exploit on Saturday.

While the Mean Green doesn’t boast anywhere near the defensive capabilities as Western Kentucky, they are good at getting after the quarterback and decent against the pass. So it could be another week of 49ers quarterback Chris Reynolds being under siege in the pocket.

On the other side of the ball, Charlotte’s rush defense couldn’t stop a cold. If Siggers is healthy for the Mean Green, it could be a double dose of carnage on the ground alongside Easly. The 49ers have given up a conference-high 18 rushing touchdowns so far this season. That number won’t get any better if defensive back and leading tackler Marquavis Gibbs is sidelined for this game. He is currently listed as questionable, along with linebacker Jeff Gemmell (ankle).

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Charlotte’s secondary has actually held up well against the pass, but there are some serious issues on the defensive front that the Mean Green should be able to exploit. No need in getting cute with Fine dropping back and passing in the pocket. This is the sort of game where the Mean Green offense should simply line up and bludgeon the 49ers with the run game.

Of course, it would help if Siggers is on the field. Along with Easly, the two tailbacks could do some serious damage to a defense giving up 5.04 yards per carry to opposing rushers. It’s no secret Charlotte can’t stop the run, and opposing teams have been taking advantage of it all season. They are allowing a conference-worst 39.4 points per game.

Even though the Mean Green haven’t been any better defensively, the 49ers don’t have the offensive firepower to play themselves back into the game if they get behind early. It’s running back Benny Lamay-or-bust whenever their offense is on the field. Lamay should eat against the Mean Green defense, but it will still be bust in the end for the 49ers.

Prediction: North Texas Mean Green (-4)

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North Texas and Charlotte have combined for an average allowance of over 800 yards of total offense this season. This will be another ugly and sloppy defensive game that’s full of busted plays and a ton of yards. Call it the cotton candy bowl for offensive junkies and a film tutorial on what not to do for defensive coordinators. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (63.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.