Army and North Texas are aligned for a rematch in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on 12/27 at 9am (noon eastern). North Texas won round 1 35-18. On the S&P+ Army is ranked 81 while North Texas is ranked 111. Regarding turnover margin (my favorite stat after S&P+) North Texas is ranked 52nd, Army was ranked 92nd in that stat. I can see Army beating North Texas, even after losing in the regular season, because Bradshaw the Army QB has gotten into a better groove (see: Army/Navy) and won’t throw 4 interceptions this time around, and Army hopefully won’t lose 3 fumbles.
North Texas likes 20 personnel and using a zone based running scheme. Below, you can see an outside zone lead play with the FB picking up anyone that gets close called the MDM or most dangerous man.
Below, you can see a 10 personnel trips open formation, and a leveled combination. #1 runs a hitch, #2 runs a shallow cross, #3 runs a 10 yard dig. The QB really misses on the open shallow cross and throws into the deep dropping WLB with a safety helping over the top.
Below, you can see a 20 personnel formation with 3 in the route. It’s a bad ball but the WR makes a great adjustment and the Army DB’s aren’t aware of where the ball is and North Texas scores on a deep throw.
North Texas brought a 5-2 defense against Army to try to stop the triple. Army rushed for 300 yards but did have 7 turnovers in the game.
As many people know, Army has adopted the flexbone triple option. The Fullback is a feature of the Army triple where as the QB/SB are the feature of the Navy triple. Expect to see a ton of work with the FB on midline, trap, and zone dive as well as the typical inside veer triple option you see below:
Below, it looks a bit like a QB Follow play, but the guard ripping through looks like midline. On midline- the QB reads the 3-tech (DT), if he sits give to the FB, if he bites on the dive, pull and run through the B-gap.
This should feel familiar for you old school wing-t guys. Army motions towards the boundary and the Knights run a wing-counter to the field with the guard and tackle pulling to lead the way.
The Army Knights will run the same 3-4 defense that Navy runs. Against 20 personnel teams they’ll bring 4. At the bottom of the screen you can see a little robber type coverage playing 3 over 2.