North Texas is now at the quarter pole of the 2016 season. Three games are in the books. One was a game against an FCS team UNT bought in for an easy win (Bethune-Cookman), one was UNT’s annual body-bag game (Florida) and one was its first game under a new staff (SMU).
The point is it’s far too early after a 1-2 start to draw any kind of conclusion as to where UNT is at or where it’s going heading into a game Saturday at Rice.
One has to wonder, though, is it time to be at least a little concerned about UNT’s offense?
At this point in the year, UNT has switched starting quarterbacks, has two touchdown passes and five interceptions. The Mean Green rank 12th out of 13 teams in Conference USA in passing efficiency (87.1 rating), 11th out of 13 teams in passing yards per game (166) and ninth in scoring (20.1 points per game).
UNT managed just 53 yards in their 32-0 loss to Florida, the lowest total the Gators have ever allowed.
The Mean Green also managed just 14 points against SMU until scoring a touchdown late.
UNT knew it was going to take some time to make the transition to a spread offense, but expectations were pretty high heading into the season.
“We have to do much better on offense,” UNT coach Seth Littrell said after the Mean Green’s loss to Florida. “We got dominated up front. There is a reason they are one of the best defenses in the country. Overall, we just didn’t execute and get through the adversity on offense.”
This week’s game could be telling. Rice has played a tough schedule and is allowing 38.3 points a game. The Owls have faced Baylor, Western Kentucky and Army.
Rice has struggled on defense just like UNT has struggled offensively.
We could know if there is reason to worry about the Mean Green’s offense after this week.