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  • Thursday, September 19, 2013

    College Football on MSG Networks: Georgia, Texas Tech Look To Climb the Polls


    After a bye week, the Georgia Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) return to action Saturday (MSG at noon), as they host the North Texas Mean Green (2-1, 0-0 C-USA) for the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
    For the first time in Georgia’s history, the Bulldogs have begun their schedule against two Top-10 opponents, losing to No. 8 Clemson, 38-35, on the opening weekend and then defeating No. 6 South Carolina, 41-30, in Week 2.
    "This year, we get a chance to sit in the driver's seat," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in his weekly press conference. "We haven't been 1-0 in the league in a while because South Carolina's been getting us."

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bulldogs were only one of four teams in the last 20 years who opened the season playing two Top-10 teams and the only one to win at least one of the two games.
    North Texas is 2-1 on the year, opening the season with a 40-6 win over Idaho before losing at Ohio, 27-21. Last week, the Mean Green scored a huge win by defeating Ball State, 34-27.
    After going 4-8 last year, third-year coach Dan McCarney has the Mean Green headed in the right direction, thanks to eight returning starters on offense and eight on defense.
    Saturday’s game will be a daunting task for the Mean Green, however, as North Texas is 3-33 all-time versus the SEC, including their last meeting against an SEC squad; a 41-14 loss to LSU.

    Meanwhile, after defeating South Carolina, the Bulldogs are a confident bunch.
    "I don't think it's a dangerous game for us because we're going into this playing Georgia football, no matter who the opponent is," receiver Chris Conley told the Associated Press. "This game is actually an opportunity for us to get better. We like to improve every week."

    This weekend’s college football slate also offers an in-state game, which Texas State hopes will evolve into a rivalry.
    The No. 25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) host the unbeaten Texas State Bobcats (2-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Saturday night (MSG+ at 7 PM), at a sold-out Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

    A late win last weekend sent the Red Raiders into the Top-25 for the first time this season.

    Backup quarterback, Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 remaining, and then Ryan Bustin added a 37-yard field goal, to give Texas Tech a 20-10 win over No. 24 TCU, thrusting the Red Raiders into the Top-25.

    "Yeah, I don't even pay attention to it," coach Kliff Kingsbury said of making the poll. "It is what it is. We just attack each week and try to get better that week and try to win that game."

    Texas State is playing solid football so far this season, defeating Southern Miss on opening week, 22-15, and dominating Prairie View A&M on Sept. 7, 28-3, before a bye week.

    The two teams have played in each of the past two seasons and Texas Tech has dominated the rivalry so far, winning both games.

    "These guys know what happened the last two years," Texas State coach Dennis Franchione told reporters at Monday's press conference. "They'd like to walk off the field Saturday with their head held higher. Last year just got away from us so quickly; I don't think our guys felt like they had a chance to show what they could do. They'd like to have a chance to show what they can do."

    If the Bobcats happen to pull off the upset victory, it would mark the first time since 1983 that the school has started a season 3-0; it would also be coach Franchione's 200th career win.


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