Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-3) at North Texas Mean Green (3-4)
College Football: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Brooks Stadium)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +19 -- Over/Under: 62 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Texas Mean Green face off with the Appalachian State Mountaineers Monday to kick off the college football bowl season in the Myrtle Beach Bowl at Brooks Stadium.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers won eight games and have a chance to win six straight bowl games. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have won three of their last five non-home games. Zac Thomas is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,075 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Thomas has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams have combined for 1,107 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Christian Wells has 14 receptions. The Appalachian State Mountaineers ground game is averaging 243.5 yards per contest, and Camerun Peoples leads the way with 807 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing 19.3 points and 331.5 yards per game. Trey Cobb leads the Appalachian State Mountaineers with 79 tackles, Demetrius Taylor has six sacks and Brendan Harrington has four interceptions.
The North Texas Mean Green won four games this season and look for their first bowl victory since the 2013 season. The North Texas Mean Green have won two of their last three non-home games. Austin Aune is completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,650 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Aune and Jason Bean have combined for 25 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Jaelon Darden and Deonte Simpson have combined for 1,707 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns while Austin Ogunmakin has 16 receptions. The North Texas Mean Green ground game is averaging 230.2 yards per contest, and DeAndre Torrey leads the way with 656 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 41.3 points and 509.4 yards per game. KD Davis leads the North Texas Mean Green with 70 tackles, Gabriel Murphy has 4.5 sacks and DeShawn Gaddie has two interceptions.
The Mountaineers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mean Green are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog and 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Mountaineers last 5 games in December. The over is 5-2 in Mean Green last 7 games in December.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are clearly the better team here, but they split their last four games and two of their last three wins were decided by single digits. Also, Appalachian State has failed to cover seven of its last 10 games as a double-digit favorite. The North Texas Mean Green played their best football down the stretch, which includes a shootout win over UTEP, and while they're one of the worst defensive teams in CFB, they are top-10 in total yards and a top-25 team in points per game. North Texas should also have motivation on its side given it hasn't won a bowl game in seven years. This has the feel of a shootout and a game that could be decided in the fourth quarter. I want the points.