North Texas Will Throw Plenty Against Arkansas


Wednesday, September 26th 2007, 2:28 pm
By: News On 6


LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ For all the talk about quarterback Andre Woodson, Kentucky actually ran a pretty balanced offense against Arkansas last weekend.

North Texas isn't likely to do the same.

The Razorbacks host the Mean Green on Saturday night, hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. Under new coach Todd Dodge, North Texas has thrown the ball twice as often as it has run it.

Arkansas' defense could use another challenge after fading late against Kentucky. The Razorbacks haven't defended the pass all that well this season, but they'll have a chance to work on it this weekend.

Arkansas' defensive line did play well at times last week, scoring a touchdown early on Woodson's fumble and adding a safety in the fourth quarter that briefly turned the game back in the Razorbacks' favor. The Hogs should be able to pressure the passer against the Sun Belt Conference's Mean Green.

North Texas won't be able to stop Arkansas' offense. Opponents are averaging over 51 points a game against the Mean Green.

ARKANSAS 56, NORTH TEXAS 28

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Arkansas State's start to the season has to be considered a success. The Indians beat SMU soundly, and although they lost at Texas and Tennessee, they played well enough that those games can be considered building blocks and not demoralizers.

Thursday night, Arkansas State tries again to host Memphis in a game that was postponed by bad weather earlier in the month.

ARKANSAS STATE 31, MEMPHIS 20

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Predictions for other games this week:

New Mexico State 52, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7

North Alabama 39, Arkansas Tech 24

Valdosta State 42, Ouachita Baptist 20

Delta State 35, Southern Arkansas 14

Henderson State 31, West Georgia 13

Arkansas-Monticello 35, Missouri-Rolla 30

West Alabama 29, Harding 27

Kilgore College 49, Arkansas Baptist 0

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Last week's record: 7-3

Season record: 32-7 (82 percent)