The 2021 Frisco Football Classic Bowl features the 6-6 Miami (OH) RedHawks against the 6-6 North Texas Mean Green. Here is the 2021 Frisco Football Classic Bowl Preview.
Miami RedHawks (6-6)
The RedHawks made their first bowl game since 2019 with their six-win regular season. They defeated Central Michigan and Ball State for wins over bowl-eligible teams. Their only loss to a team that didn’t qualify for a bowl game came to Ohio.
Miami scores 29.1 points per game, which ties them for 61st in the country. They rush for 139.6 yards (ranked 88th) and pass for 282.7 yards per game (ranked 20th).
Brett Gabbert and AJ Mayer have both played quarterback for the RedHawks this season. Gabbert has thrown for 2,418 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions on 58.2 percent completion. Mayer has 946 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions on 54.4 percent completion. Four receivers have at least 200 receiving yards on the year. Jack Sorenson leads the team with 69 receptions for 1,290 yards and 10 touchdowns. The other main contributor is Mac Hippenhammer, who has 48 catches for 786 yards and five touchdowns.
The RedHawks have gotten several running backs involved in the rushing attack. Keyon Mozee has rushed for 479 yards and four touchdowns. Kevin Davis, Tyre Shelton, Kenny Tracy and David Afari each have over 150 rushing yards on the season as well.
Their defense allows 23.8 points per game, ranking them 45th in the country. They give up 150.3 rushing yards (ranked 64th) and 222.8 passing yards per game (ranked 60th). Ivan Pace Jr. and Matthew Salopek each over have 100 tackles on the season. Lonnie Phelps leads the team with 8.5 sacks.
North Texas Mean Green (6-6)
North Texas lost six of their first seven games, but then won out to make a bowl game. They have victories over UTEP and UTSA, which gives them two wins over bowl-eligible teams. The Mean Green have one loss to a team that didn’t qualify for a bowl game in Louisiana Tech.
The Mean Green score 28.6 points per game, ranking them 67th in the FBS. They rush for 148.2 yards (ranked 61st) and pass for 194.5 yards per game (ranked 99th).
Austin Aune has played most of the snaps at quarterback for North Texas. He has passed for 1,763 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions on 51.7 percent completion. Three pass-catchers have over 200 receiving yards on the season. Roderic Burns has the team lead with 54 receptions for 715 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Jason Pirtle has chipped in with 38 receptions for 351 yards and two touchdowns.
DeAndre Torrey leads the team in rushing with 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ikaika Ragsdale, Ayo Adeyi and Isaiah Johnson all have at least 300 rushing yards behind Torrey. Aune has aided the running game with 297 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Their defense allows 27.5 points per game, which ties them for 79th in the country. They concede 148.2 rushing yards (ranked 61st) and 230.4 passing yards per game (ranked 69th). Linebacker KD Davis leads the team with 106 total tackles. Defensive end Grayson Murphy has been the best pass rusher on the team with 7.5 sacks.
Miami has the more consistent offense and more stable quarterback position, which is what will lead them to victory. They also have some NFL-level talent on their defense that will make it tough on North Texas.
Miami RedHawks 25 North Texas Mean Green 21
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These are NOT the teams in the Tropical Smoothie Frisco Bowl. UTSA and SDSU are playing in the Frisco Bowl. Miami and UNT are playing in the Frisco Classic (the new temporary bowl).