C-USA Championship Game Preview: North Texas Mean Green vs. No. 23 UTSA Roadrunners

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Conference Championship weekend gets underway when the North Texas Mean Green 7-5, 6-2 C-USA, faces the No. 23 UTSA Roadrunners 10-2, 8-0, C-USA, Friday on CBSSN at 7:30 EST in San Antonio at the Alamodome. The two teams met on Oct. 22, with UTSA coming out on top 31-27 when Frank Harris threw a 10-yard score to De’Corian Clark with only 15 seconds left.

This is the second time in program history that the Roadrunners are ranked. They’re hoping to win their 10th straight game. Both teams will be joining the American Athletic Conference next year. The Roadrunners are averaging 39.7 points per game and 479.8 yards per game, which is 13th in both categories among FBS schools. UTSA will be without four offensive starters for the game. Tackles Makai Hart and Demetris Allen, running back Brendan Brady, and Clark. Tight end Gavin Sharp will also miss the game. Harris will be playing, however, and he’s had a good season with career highs of 27 touchdown passes and 3,524 yards.

North Texas averages 34.5 points per game and 472 yards per game and is led by QB Austin Aune. Aune has 31 touchdown passes and 3,115 yards. The touchdown passes are good for 8th in the nation. Ayo Adeyi (86 att, 690 yards, 4 touchdowns), Oscar Adaway III (118 att, 583 yards, 5 touchdowns), and Ikaika Ragsdale (104 att, 553 yards, 4 touchdowns) have given opponents fits all year in the running game.

North Texas has traded wins and losses all year, never winning or losing more than two in a row all year. After starting the year 2-3, they won two in a row and stayed above .500 the rest of the season. They beat Rice last weekend 21-17.

Written by Garin Turner

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