North Texas vs. Army: Heart of Dallas Bowl - 12/27/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Army Black Knights (7-5) at North Texas Mean Green (5-7)
College Football: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Cotton Bowl)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Army Black Knights will play the North Texas Mean Green in the Military Bowl on December 27th.
The North Texas Mean Green are 5-7 (3-5) this season after losing to UTEP by a score of 52-24 in their last game. North Texas has lost 4 of their last 5 games and come into Bowl Season not playing very well. North Texas has beaten Army this season by a score of 35-18 in their 7th game of the season. The North Texas offense is averaging 24.2 points per game with 136.7 rushing yards and 199.5 passing yards per game. Alec Morris is completing 53.7% of his passes for 822 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions for North Texas. Jeffery Wilson has rushed for 855 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Willy Ivery has ran for 489 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Mean Green. Terian Goree has caught 36 passes for 328 yards and 2 scores for North Texas. The North Texas defense is giving up 32.2 points per game with 219.5 rushing yards and 212.5 passing yards per game. Kishawn McClain has led the UNT defense with 86 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 3 interceptions, while Cortney Finney has added 70 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Trevor Moore has gone 8-12 on field goals, with a long of 51 yards.
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The Army Black Knights are 7-5 this season after beating Navy by a score of 21-17 in their last game. Army has won 2 games in a row to end the season and become bowl eligible. Army has beaten Navy, Morgan State, Wake Forest, Lafayette, UTEP, Rice, and Temple this season. The Army offense is averaging 29.4 points per game with 327.5 rushing yards and 76.8 passing yards per game. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 43.2% of his passes for 657 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions for Army. Andy Davidson has rushed for 905 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed for 697 yards and 7 scores for the Black Knights. Edgar Poe has caught 15 passes for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jordan Asberry has added 5 catches for 100 yards and 1 touchdown for Army. The Army defense is giving up 18.9 points per game with 123.3 rushing yards and 158.3 passing yards per game. Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf have led the Army defense with over 170 combined tackles and over 19.5 combined tackles for loss. Mitchell Howard has gone 2-4 on field goals, with a long of 27 yards.
Army is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 December games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The under is 15-2 in Army’s last 17 neutral site games. North Texas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The under is 5-0 in Army’s last 5 Tuesday games.
Army is the better team in this matchup, but North Texas did win this matchup earlier in the year. North Texas hasn’t played well lately, while Army is coming off of a huge win against Navy. Army has a great rushing game and I expect them to run all over the Mean Green.