North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls - 11/8/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Atlantic Owls (3-6) at North Texas Mean Green (2-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Apogee Stadium)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX College Sports
The Florida Atlantic Owls head to Apogee Stadium to take the field with the North Texas Mean Green.
The Florida Atlantic Owls look for a strong finish to the regular season beginning with North Texas on Saturday. The Owls saw their chance at the postseason go by the wayside with a 31-28 loss to Alabama-Birmingham that dropped the team to 3-6 on the year. A 21 point 4th quarter went for naught when the Blazers connected on a 24 yard field goal with just two seconds left in regulation. The normally strong FAU defense allowed 423 yards with UAB holding on to the ball for 35+ minutes. Florida Atlantic countered with 322 yards and hurt themselves with a pair of turnovers. Jaquez Johnson ran for 44 yards and threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns with an interception while Tony Moore added 45 yards and another score.
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The North Texas Mean Green are out of postseason consideration but would like to end the season with a few wins beginning with visiting Florida Atlantic on Saturday. 2014 has not been a good one as the Mean Green have lost four in a row and fell to 2-6 on the year following a 41-21 defeat at Rice in week ten. UNT has generally struggled on both sides of the ball and did once again versus the Owls as they were outgained 421-216 and turned the ball over twice. The Mean Green had no ground game to lean on which meant a complete reliance on Andrew McNulty and the passing attack which wasn't nearly effective as was needed. McNulty connected on 15-33 for 186 yards with a 51 yard touchdown to Carlos Harris and a 60 yard pick six that gave the Owls a 24-21 lead that they never gave up.
The over is 4-0 in Owls last 4 games following a S.U. loss while the Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. For North Texas the Mean Green are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the Mean Green are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf. Head to head the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings while the Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in North Texas and are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. I have liked backing Florida Atlantic as an underdog but as a favorite on the road is not a good spot for me. I don't like either team in all honesty but I believe FAU is the better squad...