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Five things UNT fans should know about Army

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas will face Army on Saturday in the Mean Green's final home game of the season. UNT is looking to finish 6-0 at Apogee this year and extend its winning streak to four games.

Knocking off Army in a rematch of last season's Heart of Dallas Bowl won't be an easy task. The Black Knights are 8-2 and will play in the Armed Forces Bowl at the end of the season.

Here are five things UNT fans should know about Army:

1. The Black Knights have their option attack rolling 

Army runs the ball effectively year after year. This season is no different. The Black Knights rank second nationally with an average of 351.5 rushing yards per game.

Army rushed for 480 yards in its win over UNT in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season and has some of the same players back to power their running game. Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has 1,228 rushing yards on the season. Fullback Darnell Woolfolk has added 548 yards while Kell Walker has 544.

2. Army still doesn't throw the ball

Army threw four passes in their win over UNT in the Heart of Dallas Bowl and 21 in their regular season loss to the Mean Green.

Four of those passes UNT's 35-18 win over the Black Knights were intercepted. The difference illustrates Army's approach and when the Black Knights are most successful. 

Army has completed just 17 passes on the season and had five of their 57 attempts intercepted.

3. The Black Knights are on a roll

There are few teams in college football on as big of a roll at this point in the season than Army.

The Black Knights have won six straight since dropping back-to-back games against Ohio State and Tulane. Army hammered Rice, one of UNT's Conference USA rivals 49-21, and also beat Air Force in that span.

4. Army is solid defensively and has been terrific lately

Army ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense with an average of 18.6 points per game and has played well in each of the Black Knights last two outings.

Army shut out Air Force 21-0 two weeks ago and beat Duke 21-16 last Saturday. The Black Knights' opponents are averaging just 188.5 passing yards per game.

5. Several of Army's star players in the Heart of Dallas Bowl are back

There will be several familiar names from last season's Heart of Dallas Bowl back in Army's lineup this week.

Jordan Asberry, who scored the game-winning touchdown in Army's 38-31 win, is back and is starting for the Black Knights. Bradshaw, Woolfolk and Walker also played in last season's game as did linebacker Alex Aukerman. 

FEATURED PHOTO: Army head coach Jeff Monken, center, celebrates a 21-16 win over Duke after singing the West Point alma mater with his players and cadets on Nov. 11 in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)