New Orleans Bowl 2017 score: Updates on North Texas-Troy

Lawrence Kim
December 17, 2017

Neither side is disappointed with the destination - the city of New Orleans is great - nor the venue. The Trojans "lost" six guys in their win at Arkansas State two weeks ago.

"I think this is another challenge for us", Brown said. UNT is probably happy this isn't a third game against the Owls.

The 2017 New Orleans bowl between Troy and North Texas can be live streamed using the WatchESPN app if you have a subscription. The two have ties to the spread offense with Mike Leach and Tony Franklin between them.

"I think the biggest difference is just culture", Littrell said. That was something we didn't accomplish this past year. One of Littrell's assistants has deep insight into Brown. Wilson was a huge part of the North Texas offense, and missing that piece will definitely hurt the offense as if it wasn't going to be hard enough already. The Trojans won the last meeting 14-7 in 2012. So for North Texas, hoisting that trophy on Saturday is the next step in their program's progress. And the Mean Green need to stay within a single score as long as possible to have a shot.

Seth Littrell's turnaround at UNT has resulted in two bowl games in two years, and it didn't take a technicality to reach this one. They'll have to settle for being bowl opponents instead.

North Texas: QB Mason Fine. The 5-8 sophomore has 152 receptions for 2,254 yards and 17 TDs in 26 career games.

Troy did feature an outstanding defensive back in first team All-Sunbelt corner Blace Brown, but the talented junior suffered a season-ending injury that removes a big playmaker from the field. Tyus, a G.W. Carver graduate, has 39 tackles this season. The Trojans allow less than five yards per play while North Texas' defense is ranked No. 96 overall and allows almost six yards per play. The Mean Green beat Cincinnati, 24-19, in 2002.

6, 4: Sun Belt championships won by the Trojans and Mean Green, respectively.

Troy enters bowl season as the only team in the country to have not allowed more than 25 points in a game this season and is one of just two teams to have not allowed a play of 50 or more yards this year - only five teams in the past eight seasons have gone an entire season without allowing a play of more than 50 yards. The others were at Georgia State and the Georgia Dome (2013, 2015), Idaho (2014, 2016), Minnesota (2003) and South Dakota (1986).

The 2017 New Orleans Bowl between North Texas and Troy starts at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16, 2017. They beat Rice 41-17 in 2006, lost to Southern Miss 30-27 in overtime in 2007 and beat OH 48-21 in 2010.

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