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Arkansas vs. North Texas - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (2-0) at Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -7.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | North Texas Mean Green (2-0) at Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1)
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The North Texas Mean Green and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet in college football action from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The North Texas Mean Green will look to remain unbeaten after improving to 2-0 with a 58-16 rout of Incarnate Word in their last outing. Mason Fine threw for 418 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception on 25 of 40 passing while DeAndre Torrey rushed for 44 yards on 16 carries with 3 touchdowns. Rico Bussey Jr. led the Mean Green with 8 catches for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns while Jalen Guyton was North Texas’ other 100-yard receiver with 5 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. North Texas’ D combined for a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery while Kemon Hall led the Mean Green with 4 tackles in the victory.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will be looking to bounce back after a frustrating first loss of the season, blowing a 27-9 lead and allowing 25 unanswered points down the stretch to lose to Colorado State by a final score of 34-27. Cole Kelley threw for 102 yards on 6 of 9 passing with 2 touchdowns while Ty Storey threw for 36 yards and a pair of picks on 5 of 13 passing. Devwah Whaley racked up 165 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries while T.J. Hammonds and La’Michael Pettway each logged a TD grab in the losing effort. Defensively, Ryan Pulley recorded an interception and McTelvin Agim recorded a fumble recovery while D’Vone McClure led the Hogs with 5 tackles in the losing effort. 

North Texas is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the SEC and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Arkansas is 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. 

Most would think with a Power 5 team and a reasonable line that it would be a slam dunk. However, North Texas has been a covering machine against the SEC, and I’m not sure how anyone could have confidence in Arkansas after how they choked against Colorado State. North Texas has a really solid offense and should be able to do enough to keep this one close and give the Hogs a scare if not win outright. I’ll take the Mean Green and the points here.

North Texas +7.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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