The Charlotte 49ers will look to get their first win this week when they take on the North Texas Mean Green. Both teams will be looking for their first conference win of the season. Both teams' schedules have been affected by the pandemic with Charlotte losing two games and North Texas losing one.
The Mean Green just came off a close one, losing to Southern Miss 41-31. The team currently has a 1-2 record and ranks 11th in the nation in scoring offense at 41 points per game. North Texas also ranks 11th in passing with 335 points per game. Defensively, the Mean Green have given up an average of 45.7 points per game.
Meanwhile, Charlotte will be looking to grab their first win of the season. Charlotte lost its first two games by a combined 19 points. Quarterback Chris Reynolds has thrown for 454 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Tre Harbison III has 136 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries.
Charlotte and North Texas have met only once, with Charlotte getting the win 39-38 which kickstarted a five-game winning streak to close out the season last year. Charlotte scored three touchdowns to outscore North Texas 18-3 in the fourth quarter. A 34-yard pass touchdown by Chris Reynolds to Victor Tucker with 18 seconds left gave the Niners the lead late.
Even though there has been some frustration so far this season, Charlotte head coach Will Healy knows his team is capable of achieving great things.
“I don’t think this group understands how good they can be," said Healy. “We still don’t necessarily have an identity. We still don’t have the camaraderie that I would like to have at this point. But I think that the talent and the character of this football team will be really good in November.”
Charlotte’s game against North Texas is this Saturday, Oct. 10 and 8 p.m. on ESPNU, which will be the third straight time the Niners are featured on national TV. The game will have a little over 8,000 fans in North Texas' stadium.