Texas Longhorns vs. North Texas Mean Green NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
North Texas Mean Green (9-4) at Texas Longhorns (8-5)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -24 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
TV: Longhorn Network
The North Texas Mean Green and Texas Longhorns kick off the 2014 season Saturday night at Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.
The North Texas Mean Green return only nine starters from a team that surprisingly won nine games last season. The good news is that North Texas returns four offensive linemen from a team that averaged 31.8 points per game, the bad news is that there is limited depth at wide receiver and an inexperienced quarterback. Wide receiver Carlos Harris is a pretty good player who caught 44 passes last season for 553 yards, but there are nothing but question marks behind him. Defense is where the North Texas Mean Green made their money last season after racking up 34 turnovers and allowing a red zone score only 63 percent of the time. The problem is that North Texas has to replace six players in the front seven. This looks like a rebuilding year for North Texas.
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The Texas Longhorns hope that this is the season they can get back on track with a new head coach in Charlie Strong and 13 starters returning. The Longhorns should have their quarterback in David Ash, while the backfield is in good hands with Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray. The Texas Longhorns have the pieces to improve offensively, but they’ve also had the talent to win more than eight games and that hasn’t stopped the underachieving the past couple of seasons. Defensively, Texas should have one of the better defenses in the Big 12 with Cedric Reed, Malcom Brown and Jordan Hicks bringing leadership and playmaking ability to the front seven. It’s going to be another interesting year for Texas, as this team has the potential to turn some heads.
The Mean Green are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Longhorns are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. the C-USA.
The Texas Longhorns have mismatches all over the field when playing the North Texas Mean Green. I usually avoid the huge spreads, but it’s tough to back North Texas with any confidence when going up against a college football powerhouse that is hungry for success.