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Ohio Bobcats vs. North Texas Mean Green Free Pick - 9/7/13

North Texas Mean Green (1-0) at Ohio Bobcats (0-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Peden Stadium)

The Line: Ohio Bobcats -4.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The North Texas Mean Green head out on the road to meet the Ohio Bobcats.

I have seen North Texas on the receiving end of quite a few routs through the years, but they certainly delivered one of their own in a 40-6 thrashing of visiting Idaho. When I saw the Vandals take a 6-0 lead I said to myself; here we go, but it was all Mean Green from that point on. UNT amassed nearly 600 yards of offense and held Idaho to 390, while recovering three fumbles. The home team relied on the right arm of Derek Thompson (23-27/349), who enjoyed a career day with scoring strikes of 30 and 85 yards. The rushing attack received a team high 57 yards from Brandin Byrd, who visited the end zone twice.

Ohio Bobcats vs. North Texas Mean Green Free Pick - 9/7/13

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I've said many times that I am a huge Ohio fan, but there wasn't much to like in an opening day 49-7 demolition at the hands of Louisville. The Bobcats were never in this with the Cardinals leading 28-0 at the half and 42-0 before the visitors finally scored. A one sided boxscore tells us every thing we needed to know and that was Louisville did whatever they pleased whenever they wanted and the Bobcats, not so much. They were outgained 615-273 with 81 yards on 29 carries representing the rushing attack. Tyler Tettleton suffered through one of his poorest performances in the air, completing 11-23 for 140 yards so there was good reason the defense spent 37+ minutes on the field, which was obviously a bad thing.

Wow...still trying to come to grips with the butt kicking Ohio suffered and even though I'm not the type who says it won't happen again, I'd be lying if I said otherwise in this spot. I probably won't bet this because I need to see the Bobcats response.

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Ohio -4.5

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