SMU Mustangs vs North Texas Mean Green Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs North Texas Mean Green
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Apogee Stadium
TV: CBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: SMU (-14)
Jason Bean and the North Texas Mean Green host the SMU Mustangs at Apogee Stadium on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The odds on this matchup have SMU as 14-point favorites. The total has been set at 66.5.
Last week the SMU Mustangs went up against the Texas State Bobcats and left there with a win by a score of 31-24. TJ McDaniel led the team in rushing in this outing. He broke a long run for 15 yards and he added 1 touchdown in this contest. He ran for 130 yards on 27 carries which had him averaging 4.8 yards per tote. Rashee Rice led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 101 yards on 5 receptions. He earned an average of 20.2 yards per reception in this outing. Shane Buechele went 26/36 with 367 yards by way of passing and threw 1 TD. He tossed 2 interceptions on the day.
The Mustangs head into this game after finishing 10-3 last year. They were one of the most potent offenses in the country with an average of 41.8 points per contest, ranking them 7th in Division 1. As a team, they averaged 180.8 rushing yards per game which was 7th in the conference. For total yards, they ranked 3rd in the conference and 11th in Division 1 with 6,367 yards. They were a team that had one of the most potent offenses in the conference and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night.
The Mustangs had one of the worst defenses in college football allowing 33.4 points per game, putting them 9th in the AAC and 109th in the nation. In discussing yards rushing, SMU gave up 156.3 yards per game ranking them 4th in the AAC and 62nd in D-1. Opposing teams ran for an average of 3.9 yards per rush which had them at 5th in the conference and 44th in Division 1 overall. Overall, they conceded 2,032 yards rushing through 13 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Mustangs allowed 4,017 yards. Teams completed 60.2% of the throws they attempted against them and averaged 7.8 yards per attempt.
Last week the North Texas Mean Green took the field against the Houston Baptist Huskies and went home with the win by a score of 57-31. Jason Bean went 11/18 with 217 yards through the air and added 3 touchdowns. He gave away 1 interception for the game. Oscar Adaway III led the team in rushing in this game. He tore off a long run of 47 yards and he added 2 touchdowns for this contest. He rushed for a total of 118 yards via 5 carries which had him averaging 23.6 yards per run. Greg White was the receiving yardage leader by earning 76 yards on 2 catches. He had an average of 38.0 yards per reception in this game.
The Mean Green step onto the field after holding a record of 4-8 last season. North Texas had a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 135.7 yards per contest, putting them 99th in college football. As a unit, they compiled a total of 1,628 rushing yards through 12 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Mean Green averaged 419 yards per game overall putting them 53rd in Division 1 and 3rd in C-USA. When talking about the points that were being put on the board, the Mean Green ranked 3rd in C-USA and 51st out of all the teams in the nation with an average of 30.6 points per contest.
The Mean Green allowed 32.5 points per contest which put them at 12th in C-USA and 104th in the nation. When it comes to points given up, they allowed 390 points in total. In terms of yards rushing, they conceded 189.5 yards per game which put them at 95th in the nation and 9th in C-USA. For the 2019 season, they conceded 2,274 rushing yards. Their pass defense was one of the middle of the road groups in college football. They gave up 222.3 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Mean Green ranked 5th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Mustangs/Mean Green college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Mustangs -14
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