It’s a non-conference matchup when a team from Conference USA makes the trip out to the west coast to face the Pac-12 in week 3 college football action. The North Texas Mean Green is on the road as they make the trip to face the Cal Golden Bears Saturday afternoon. North Texas was routed 49-27 on the road by SMU last Saturday in their previous contest. Cal stunned #14 Washington 20-19 in a game that started Saturday night and ended Sunday morning due to weather conditions. This marks the first time that the teams have met on the gridiron as FBS programs.
North Texas Mean Green Trying to Bounce Back
North Texas was unable to spring an upset on the road as they were sliced up by SMU last week. The Mean Green now looks to bounce back and steal one on the road in this contest. North Texas was in a 21-0 hole after the opening quarter and couldn’t draw closer than 11 the rest of the way. The Mean Green was outgained 503-396, lost the first down battle 25-21 and both teams turned the ball over once. North Texas did control the clock as they held a 34:44 to 25:16 edge in time of possession but it wasn’t enough to stay in the game: the longest SMU touchdown drive took only 3:22 off the clock.
— North Texas Football (@MeanGreenFB) September 8, 2019
The Mean Green are averaging 284 yards per game through the air while putting up an average of 201.5 yards per contest on the ground. North Texas is 36th in the FBS in scoring offense with 39 points per contest while the team is a dismal 123rd in scoring defense as they allow 40 points per game. Mason Fine has completed 45 of 69 throws for 535 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Jason Bean is five of seven passing for 33 yards and a touchdown. Tre Siggers leads the team on the ground with 18 carries for 164 yards plus a score. DeAndre Torey (17 carries, 126 yards) and Loren Easly (16 carries, 89 yards, TD) are effective when given the chance to run the ball as well. Jaelon Darden leads the team with 16 receptions for 118 yards plus a score on the season. Michael Lawrence (eight catches, 69 yards, TD), Rico Bussey Jr. (four grabs, 156 yards, TD) and Jason Pirtle (four catches, 88 yards, three TD) are good targets as well. Ethan Mooney has hit all nine extra points and five of five field goal attempts with a long of 36 this season.
Cal Golden Bears Seeking Surprising 3-0 Start
Cal pulled off what may be the upset of the first two weeks of the college season as they went on the road to overcome the weather, the crowd and #14 Washington to steal a win. The Golden Bears, who improved to 2-0 on the season, now look to run their mark to 3-0 with a win here at home. Cal rallied from a 10-0 hole to lead 17-13 after three quarters: they were down 19-17 before going 74 yards in nine plays over 1:57 to kick the game-winning field goal with eight seconds to play. The Golden Bears were outgained 348-303, gave up 23 first downs while picking up 20 and lost the time of possession battle 32:43 to 27:17 in the contest. Cal did force two turnovers while not committing one in the contest.
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— Cal Football (@CalFootball) September 8, 2019
The Golden Bears are averaging 174.5 yards per game through the air while they contribute 212.5 yards per contest on the ground so far this season. Cal is tied for 96th in the FBS in scoring offense with 23.5 points per contest while the team ranks tied for 33rd in scoring defense by allowing 16 points per game. Chase Garbers is 27 of 46 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while adding 60 yards on the ground. Christopher Brown Jr. leads the team in the rushing department as he has 52 carries for 277 yards plus a score while Marcel Dancy chips in 12 carries for 104 yards plus two scores. Kekoa Crawford is tied for the team lead with six catches for 132 yards plus two scores. Brown Jr. has six catches for 39 yards while Nikko Remigio has four receptions for 46 yards on the year. Greg Thomas is five on five on extra points and four of five on field goal tries with a long of 47 this season.
- Mean Green are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Mean Green are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf
- Mean Green are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
- Golden Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game
- Golden Bears are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game
- Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win