Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. North Texas Mean Green Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/30/13
North Texas Mean Green (7-4) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm (Chapman Stadium)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane +3 -- Over/Under: 49.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The North Texas Mean Green finish off the regular season with a trip to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
North Texas had planned to roll in to Bowl season riding a long hot streak but a 21-13 loss to visiting Texas San Antonio ended the hot streak at five games. The bad news was the offense stalled which has happened at times but the defensive side of the football contimued to perform well although the Roadrunners did move the ball with 458 yards and a 14-20 effort on third down. The Mean Green were held to just 334 yards with Brandin Byrd giving the rushing attack 52 yards on 12 carries which was about the only bright spot. Derek Thompson completed 26-46 for 229 yards with a touchdown and interception but missed some throws. Darnell Smith was the receiver of choice with 13 catches for 115 yards in a short passing attack.
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Tulsa has had the reputation of being a high scoring offense in the past but the loss of some key talent has seen the scoring fall way off in 2013. The team has also struggled defensively and when both are combined we have a team that hasn't won a lot. The Golden Hurricane did rise to the occasion with a 24-14 decision at Louisiana Tech which ended a four game slide against what was a Bowl hopeful Bulldogs squad. TU mustered 368 yards to give them a slight edge over the home team but both teams struggled to hold on to the ball with four turnovers each. Trey Watts led a grinding ground game with 189 yards on 40 carries with three touchdowns with Ja'Terian Douglas adding 58 yards. The Golden Hurricane needed the run to come through because the passing of Dane Evans (12-20/120) was off the mark with a trio of picks.
Tulsa has had problems the entire year but North Texas on the road is far from reliable. I don't care for this match up at all with this being away from home for the Mean Green so take this pick for what it's worth...