Heart of Dallas Bowl North Texas Mean Green vs. UNLV Rebels Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/1/14
UNLV Rebels (7-5) at North Texas Mean Green (8-4)
College Football: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Cotton Bowl)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green -7 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The UNLV Rebels clash with the North Texas Mean Green in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
UNLV ended several years of struggles with victories in the final two games of the year to assure themselves of a postseason berth. The Rebels were more of an offense first team as the D did just enough at times with 436 yards and over 31 points allowed with opponents averaging over 210 rushing yards. The offense produced 423 yards and 31 points as well and were able to do a little bit of everything. Caleb Herring enjoyed a strong season in the air with 2,522 yards with 22 TD's against just four picks with Devante Davis hauling in 1,194 yards on 77 receptions and 14 scores. When the Rebels wanted to run they turned to work horse Tim Cornett who rambled for 1,251 yards on 252 touches.
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Not to long ago North Texas and winning football were not mentioned in the same sentence. That has changed and the Mean Green were better then many anticipated with a second place finish in the CUSA West in their first year in the conference. UNT was a very solid defensive squad that gave up 355 yards and 18 points while sporting the nation's #19 run D that allowed 125 yards. The offense produced 411 yards and 31 points behind a top 50 rushing attack. Derek Thompson completed 64% of his throws for 2,640 yards but did make mistakes with 14 scores and 13 picks. This was a two receiver attack with Brelan Chancellor and Darnell Smith combining for over 700 each in receptions. Brandin Byrd was the focus of the running game with 1,023 yards on 182carries for eleven touchdowns.
I think this one comes down to whether UNLV can move the ball on North Texas who should have the home crowd on their side. My feeling is this is low scoring where the points are valuable so I'm leaning to the points and under and will firm up on game day...