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SMU vs. North Texas - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (1-0) at SMU Mustangs (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)

The Line: SMU Mustangs -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The North Texas Mean Green and SMU Mustangs meet Saturday in college football action at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

The North Texas Mean Green would love to get off to a 2-0 start after beating Lamar, 59-14, in their season opener. The North Texas Mean Green have lost three straight road games. Mason Fine is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Fine has nine touchdown passes on 282 career pass attempts. Michael Lawrence and Jalen Guyton have combined for 133 receiving yards and one touchdown while Nic Smith has four receptions. The North Texas Mean Green ground game is averaging 436 yards per contest, and Jeffery Wilson leads the way with 176 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 14 points and 266 yards per game. Khairi Muhammad leads the North Texas Mean Green with seven tackles, Tony Krasniqi has one sack and William LeMasters has one interception.

SMU vs. North Texas - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SMU Mustangs also look to remain unbeaten after beating Stephen F. Austin, 58-14, in their season opener. The SMU Mustangs have lost four of their last six home games. Ben Hicks is completing 47.4 percent of his passes for 112 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Hicks and Rafe Peavey have combined for three touchdowns this season. Brandon Benson and Trey Quinn have combined for 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns while James Proche has two receptions. The SMU Mustangs ground game is averaging 243 yards per contest, and Braeden West leads the way with 86 yards on six carries. Defensively, SMU is allowing 14 points and 219 yards per game. Mikial Onu leads the SMU Mustangs with seven tackles, Kyran Mitchell has one sack and Jordan Wyatt has one interception.

The Mean Green are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Mustangs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Mustangs last 6 home games and the over is 9-3 in Mean Green last 12 games in September.

The SMU Mustangs are very balanced and deep offensively, and they're going to put up video game numbers often this season. North Texas has a defense that gave up way too many big plays last year and has allowed a combined 97 points in its last two road games. The Mean Green looked nice in their season opener, but going on the road and hanging with a very under-the-radar, but solid football team in the Mustangs, is a different story. I like SMU to open this game up and cover the reasonable two touchdown spread. SMU is a talented football team eager to make some noise this season. 

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