2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl Odds & Point Spread: UNLV vs. North Texas Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 07:30
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Heart of Dallas Bowl Odds

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DALLAS, TX (The Spread) – The Heart of Dallas Bowl is also taking place on Wednesday at Noon ET, featuring UNLV taking on North Texas on ESPNU.

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North Texas is 8-4 on the season, 9-3 against the spread and hit the under 8 times. UNLV is 7-5 overall, 8-4 against the spread and hit the over 7 times. UNLV has won all four previous meetings with North Texas.

Trends show that North Texas is 10-24 against the spread in its last 34 games against a team with a winning record. UNLV is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games following a win against the spread.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, North Texas is favored in this game, as the Mean Green have odds of -6.5 points against UNLV. The over/under total for the game has been set at 54.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had North Texas favored by 7. The spread quickly dipped to 6.5. The over/under total opened at 54.5 points and fell to 54 before moving back to 54.5.

North Texas is coming off a 42-10 win at Tulsa to end the season. The Mean Green won six of their last seven to go 6-2 in Conference USA. North Texas averaged 31.5 points and 411.6 yards per game on offense, while the defense gave up 18.1 points per game, which ranked ninth in the country. Derek Thompson has thrown for 2,640 yards and 14 touchdowns to lead the offense, while Brandin Byrd has rushed for 1,023 yards and 11 scores.

UNLV is coming off a 45-19 win over San Diego State. The Rebels have won two straight to finish 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The offense averaged 31.3 points and 423.8 yards per game this season, while the defense has given up 31.5 points per game. Tim Cornett has rushed for 1,251 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the offense while Caleb Herring has thrown for 2,522 yards and 22 touchdowns. Devante Davis added 77 receptions for 1,194 yards and 14 scores.

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In terms of Injuries, North Texas long snapper Blake Dunham (foot) is doubtful while running back Reggie Pegram (knee) is questionable. UNLV linebacker Tau Lotulelei (ankle) and tight end Max Johnson (leg) are both questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing North Texas, as the Mean Green are getting 54% of the wagers with odds of -6.5 points against UNLV on Tuesday.

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