North Texas vs. UTEP Prediction
The 3-5 North Texas Mean Green meet the UTEP Minors in the first game of Friday night’s triple-header in college football. Will North Texas cover as a double-digit road favorite or will the Miners come through as a home underdog?
140 North Texas Mean Green (-10) at 139 UTEP Minors (+10); o/u 64.5
Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX
6:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 11, 2020
North Texas Mean Green Game Notes
North Texas redshirt sophomore QB Jason Bean completed 17-of-30 passes for 231 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in Thursday's 42-31 loss to Louisiana Tech. Had the Mean Green not been crushed in time of possession by LA Tech's run-heavy attack, Bean (6'3/189) would have been able to lead a winning effort. At nearly eight yards per pass with a trio of scores to boot, Bean put on a pretty impressive performance, finding his targets all over the field. Bean did have a preferred target on the night, though. Jaelon Darden caught eight passes for 135 yards, about half of the team's receptions and more than half of the yardage. Bean did not complete more than two passes to any other player. The tough loss puts UNT at 3-5 with UTEP up next on the schedule.
UTEP Minors Game Notes
UTEP redshirt sophomore QB Gavin Hardison completed 14-of-21 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's 52-21 road loss against UTSA. Hardison (6'3/205) actually set a career high for completion percentage for a game at 66.7, but that's really looking for the silver lining. He was sacked twice, fumbling once, so he ended up with minus-16 rushing yards on his ledger, too. Hardison has just four touchdown strikes and three interceptions across the past three outings.
North Texas vs. UTEP Betting Prediction
The home team is a perfect 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings between these two teams while the Minors are 7-3 against the number in their last 10 games following an off week. On the other side, the Mean Green have not been profitable as a favorite, cashing just four times in the last 14 times they’ve been in that role. They’re also just 6-20 against the number in their last 26 games overall and are 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 road games.
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