Preview: North Texas at Texas

When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, August 30, 2014
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas


The new Texas coach already has made a Strong statement in Austin. And that means the eyes of Texas will be squarely upon former Louisville head man Charlie Strong and his new-look Longhorns in the season – and era – opener Saturday night. North Texas, a second-year Conference USA program coming off its first winning season and bowl victory in a decade, will serve as the visiting opposition.
 
From stripping the helmets of logo decals during camp to taking away air-conditioned bus rides to practice to dismissing seven players and suspending three others, Strong is putting his stamp on the Texas program, which hasn’t reached double-digit wins in four seasons and this spring didn’t have a player selected in the NFL Draft for the first time since 1937. “Just staying hungry and staying humble – that's what we have to do,” Strong said at the team’s media day, according to the school’s athletics website. “That whole attitude has to change – we know that – as a football team.”

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network. LINE: Texas -25.5

ABOUT NORTH TEXAS (2013: 9-4): Mean Green coach Dan McCarney faces some challenges entering his fourth season with the program. Most notably, North Texas only has nine returning starters, and must replace its quarterback, leading-rusher, top two receivers and six front-seven starters from a defense which allowed the fewest points (17.8) in the conference last season. Junior Andy McNulty and junior college transfer Josh Greer have been locked in a quarterback derby, and McCarney might not announce the starter until game time. 

ABOUT TEXAS (2013: 8-5): Junior David Ash, limited to three games last season due to a concussion, will start at quarterback and will rely heavily on one of the nation’s top tailback duos in Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray, who combined to rush for 1,684 yards last season. Top receiver Jaxson Shipley has been battling a hamstring injury, and is listed as day-to-day. Still, the main focus for Strong will be tapping his defensive roots and turning around a unit that gave up 30 or more points in seven of 13 contests in 2013

 EXTRA POINTS

1. Texas is 9-0 all-time against its in-state foe from Denton, winning the last three meetings by an average of 47 points. They last met in 2006, a 56-7 Longhorns’ rout.

2. Texas junior WR Daje Johnson, senior OT Desmond Harrison and senior S Josh Turner are on indefinite suspension and will miss the opener.

3. Strong and McCarney spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons together as defensive coaches on Urban Meyer’s staff in Florida.

 PREDICTION: Texas 38, North Texas 10

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
North Texas 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Texas 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

North Texas Texas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/2/06 UNT 7 TEX 56 95 8 87 410 212 198

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UNT W. Wilson 83.3 65 1 0
TEX C. McCoy 63.2 178 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UNT J. Thomas 14 38 2.7 0
TEX J. Charles 14 77 5.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UNT B. Jackson 2 45 22.5 1
TEX L. Sweed 5 111 22.2 2
TDs Player TD
UNT B. Jackson 1
TEX L. Sweed 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UNT N/A
TEX N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UNT N/A
TEX N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UNT N/A
TEX N/A
TDs Player TD
UNT N/A
TEX N/A

Quickchart Matchup

North Texas Off vs  Texas Def
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0 yards/rush
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Texas Off vs  North Texas Def
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Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-26.5
-110
51
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-25
-110
49
Sportsbook
-110
-25
-110
49
5Dimes.eu
-110
-25.5
-110
48.5
GTBets.eu
-110
-25.5
-110
49
Top Bet
-110
-25.5
-110
49.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-25.5
-110
49
BetDSI
-110
-25.5
-110
49.5
Belmont
-110
-25
-110
49
BookMaker.eu
-110
-25.5
-110
49.5
Vegas Odds
LVH
-110
-24
OFF
Mirage OFF OFF
Station
-110
-1
OFF
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

North Texas Overall Texas
0-0-0 W/L 0-0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0
North Texas A/H Texas
0-0 W/L 0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0