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Can North Texas slow down Army's top-tier running attack?

When North Texas and Army take the field for Tuesday's Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, it will be the second time these teams have met this season and the only regular-season rematch this bowl season

Since their 35-18 loss to the Mean Green on Oct. 22, the Black Knights have won three of their past five games to make them bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. On the other side, the Mean Green are limping into this game, having lost four of their last five games. With a win, the Cadets would finish with their most wins in a season since 1996 when they finished 10-2. For North Texas, this will be its first bowl appearance since 2013 when it beat UNLV, 36-14.

Army is led by its potent rushing attack, which averages 327.5 yards per game, the second-most in the FBS. Junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw leads the Black Knights' attack and has accounted for a touchdown in a career-high six straight games. The last Cadet player with a longer streak was quarterback Trent Steelman in 2010 with eight straight.

If North Texas plans to keep up with Army's offensive prowess, it'll need to rely on running back Jeffrey Wilson. The junior leads the Mean Green with 13 touchdowns this season, but has missed two of the past three games with an injury. In the first nine games of the season, Wilson scored 42 percent of North Texas’ touchdowns, the fourth-highest rate in the FBS over that stretch behind Kent State’s Nick Holley, UTEP’s Aaron Jones, and Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols.

ESPN's Power Football Index gives Army a 75 percent chance to win the game.

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