By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Saturday afternoon, the Troy Trojans and the North Texans Mean Green face off in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game will air on ESPN at 1 pm from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Traditionally, this game was the final game of the opening Saturday of the Bowl season. But with its tenant, the New Orleans Saints, hosting the New York Jets on Sunday, the game was moved up to an earlier time so that the crews can get the stadium ready for Sunday’s NFL game.
The Trojans come into this game with a 10-2 record. The Mean Green are 9-4. North Texans is looking for its first 10-win season since 1977.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Trojans have a 57% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. They have a 53% chance to win this game, according to their expert poll.
These two teams are former Sun Belt Conference rivals. The Trojans leads the all-time series 8-2. They also snapped the Mean Green’s 25-game win streak in 2005.
This is the first meeting between these two teams in five-years. They last played on September 22, 2012 when Troy won 14-7.
North Texas las won in this series on November 12, 2011. The Mean Green won that game 38-33.
Troy has won their past six games. They have not lost a game since October 11, 2017 when they were defeated 19-8 by the South Alabama Jaguars.
North Texas lost in the Conference USA Championship game to the Florida Atlantic Owls, losing 41-17. Prior to the loss in the championship game, the Mean Green were on a five-game win streak since a 69-31 loss to the Owls on October 21st, 2017.
Troy is 3-3 in Bowl play and won last year’s Dollar General Bowl with a 28-23 win over the Ohio Bobcats. That was also the Trojans first Bowl appearance since the 2010 season.
North Texas are 2-6 in Bowl play. They lost last year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl when they lost 38-31 to the Army Black Knights.
The Mean Green have not won a Bowl game since the 2013 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl when they won 36-14 over the UNLV Rebels.
This game will be a challenge for both teams. North Texas has had more than 10 yards on 227 plays this season for the seventh-best in the FBS in long plays from scrimmage.
The Trojans defense is 26th-best in the country in yards per game, plus they were No. 14 against the run.
Yet, the Mean Green’s defense, especially against the run defense, is really bad. They are 108th nationally against the run, while they were 13th out of the 14 Sun Belt Conference teams.
Troy is averaging 30 points per game. North Texas is averaging 35.9 points per game.
This is the Trojans third New Orleans Bowl. They are 2-1 in this Bowl game, as the loss came to the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles, 30-27, on December 21, 2008.
They won in this Bowl game in December 22, 2006 when they defeated the Rice Owls 41-17. They also won on December 18, 2010 when they won 48-21 over the Ohio Bobcats.
This is the Mean Green’s first New Orleans Bowl since 2004 when they appeared in this Bowl four straight years. North Texas; however, is just 1-3 in those games.
The win came on December 17, 2002 when they won 24-19 over the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Brandon Silvers, the Trojans quarterback, has gone 259 of 412 for 2,985 passing yards. He has 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Jordan Chunn leads the rushing attack with 154 carries for 774 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Deondre Douglas leads the receiving corps with 48 receptions for 628 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Mason Fine, the Mean Green quarterback, has gone 294 of 457 for 3,749 passing yards. He has 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Jeffery Wilson leads the rushing attack with 188 carries for 1,215 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Jalen Guyton leads the receiving corps with 48 receptions for 764 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
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