Old Dominion at North Texas
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Apogee Stadium
Records: UNT 4-3, 3-1 C-USA; Old Dominion 2-5, 0-3 C-USA
Last meeting: First meeting
Last game: Florida Atlantic 69, UNT 31; Western Kentucky 35, ODU 31
Series: First meeting
What's on the line?
UNT is looking to rebound from being blown out 69-31 by Florida Atlantic in its last outing a week ago. The Mean Green gave up a Conference USA record 804 yards against the Owls, who scored each of their first 11 possessions.
That loss dropped UNT from its perch alone atop the C-USA West Division standings into a tie with Southern Miss at 3-1. The Mean Green are still in great position to play in a bowl game for a second straight year at 4-3, but are going to need every win they can get down the stretch if they want to win the West.
Old Dominion has struggled after a 10-3 campaign last year after losing several key players to graduation and others to injury. At 2-5, the Monarchs are going to have to get on a roll down the stretch to become bowl-eligible.
ODU's game against UNT is pretty close to a must-win for the Monarchs.
When UNT has the ball
UNT leads C-USA with an average of 36.3 points per game and didn't hurt its average much last week in its 69-31 loss to FAU.
The problem was the Mean Green came up empty early on against the Owls when the game was decided. UNT went scoreless in the first quarter when FAU jumped out to a 24-0 lead.
The Owls held Jeffery Wilson to 49 yards on a day the Mean Green had to abandon the run after falling behind early.
UNT will look to get Wilson going again against an ODU defense that has struggled throughout the season and is allowing 34.7 points and 205.4 rushing yards per game.
When Old Dominion has the ball
The Monarchs enter their game against UNT off one of their best offensive performances of the season in a 35-31 loss to Western Kentucky.
Running back Ray Lawry rushed for 166 yards and looked to be back to his old self after missing four games earlier in the season due to injury. The Monarchs have turned to 17-year-old freshman Steven Williams Jr. at quarterback. He had his best game of the year while throwing for 180 yards and rushing for another 45.
UNT will look to contain the combination of Lawry and Williams after struggling last week in its loss to FAU. The Mean Green couldn't contain the Owls combination of quarterback Jason Driskel and running back Devin Singletary.
Driskel threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for 68 yards and another score. Singletary rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns in 17 carries.
UNT's coaches and players were not pleased with the way they performed last week and should be motivated to bounce back on Saturday.
Old Dominion has endured a tough start to the season. The Monarchs are better than their record indicates, but are not what they were a year ago.
UNT is tough to beat at Apogee Stadium, where the Mean Green are 3-0 this year and 23-14 all-time.
The Mean Green will add to that win total with a bounce-back win.
Score: UNT 35, Old Dominion 28
FEATURED PHOTO: North Texas quarterback Mason Fine throws a pass last week in a loss to Florida Atlantic at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.