North Texas at California NCAA Football Picks 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
California Memorial Stadium
Mason Fine and the North Texas Mean Green are headed to California Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the California Golden Bears. North Texas opens this matchup as 13-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 54. The Mean Green are 0-2-0 ATS and 2-0-0 when betting on the total. The Golden Bears are 0-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-1-0 against the spread.
Key North Texas Mean Green Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key California Golden Bears Injuries
No key injuries to report
In the last game they played, the North Texas Mean Green played the SMU Mustangs and left there with a loss by a score of 49-27. Tre Siggers paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 45 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for the contest. He ran for 164 yards via 18 carries which meant he was running for 9.1 yards per tote. Jaelon Darden was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 59 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 9.8 yards per catch for the game. Running the show from under center for the Mean Green was Mason Fine who went 17/32 with 152 yards through the air and added 1 TD. He tossed 1 pick during the game. The North Texas Mean Green rushed the ball a total of 42 times and earned a total of 211 yards which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per run. Overall, they ran 80 plays for a total of 396 yards. For the game, the Mean Green totaled 21 1st downs and they had a total of 9 penalties for 90 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. On the defensive side of the ball, North Texas conceded 21 completions on 31 tries totaling 292 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.7%. On the day, they allowed a total of 503 yards and earned 1 turnover. In the running game, the Mean Green conceded 211 yards on 39 tries allowing their opponent an average of 5.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Mean Green come into this game with a record of 1-1 this season. For total yards, they sit in 2nd in Conference USA and 31st in Division 1 with 971 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country with an average of 39 points per contest, putting them 36th in Division 1. As a team, they are averaging 201.5 rushing yards per game which is 3rd in Conference USA. The Mean Green have one of the most lackluster defenses in the country, giving up 40 points per contest putting them 12th in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Mean Green have conceded 568 yards. Opponents are completing 68.2% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.6 yards per try. When talking about yards on the ground, North Texas is giving up 197 yards per contest ranking them 8th in C-USA and 109th in college football. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.3 yards per rush ranking them 11th in the conference and 117th in Division 1 overall. In total, they have conceded 394 rushing yards through 2 games.
In their last outing, the California Golden Bears went up against the Washington Huskies and went home in defeat by a score of 19-20. Leading the way at QB for the Golden Bears was Chase Garbers who went 11/18 with 111 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Christopher Brown Jr. led the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 21 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 80 yards on 16 carries which meant he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Kekoa Crawford was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 48 yards on 3 catches. He averaged 16.0 yards per catch for that contest. The California Golden Bears rushed the ball a total of 38 times and racked up a total of 192 yards giving them an average of 5.1 yards per carry. For the game, they ran 56 plays which added up to 303 yards. On the day, the Golden Bears got 20 1st downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 55 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. In terms of defense, California allowed 18 completions on 30 throws for a total of 162 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. On the day, they allowed a total of 348 yards and earned 2 takeaways. Against the run, the Golden Bears allowed 186 yards on 46 attempts giving the other team an average of 4.0 yards per run allowed.
The Golden Bears step onto the field holding a record of 2-0. California has shown the nation they have a formidable rushing attack by averaging 212.5 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 38th in college football. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 425 rushing yards through 2 contests, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Golden Bears average 387 yards per contest overall ranking them 79th in college football and 10th in the Pac-12. The Golden Bears are giving up 16 points per contest ranking them 4th in the conference and 33rd in college football. Their pass defense is one of the most dominate groups in the country. They are giving up 171.5 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Golden Bears are currently ranked 3rd in the Pac-12 Conference. In discussing points allowed, they have given up 32 total points. In terms of rushing yards, they are conceding 134.5 yards per game which puts them at 66th in the country and 7th in the Pac-12. For 2019, they have conceded a total of 269 yards on the ground and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Mean Green/Golden Bears college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Mean Green +13
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