Heart of Dallas Bowl: UNLV vs. North Texas

Friday, January 3, 2014 2:00 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 2:00 PM UTC

The North Texas Mean Green and UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are both ecstatic about their postseason draw, which could lead to a competitive game in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting lines.
<p style="text-align:center;"><span></span></p> <p><span><b>Properly motivated</b></span></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/meanandgreen.jpg" style="font-size:1em;" /><span style="font-size:1em;">North Texas finished the 2013 college football regular season with an 8-4 SU record, including wins in six of its final seven games.</span></p> <p><span>Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney was a little concerned about this locker room being motivated for this game due to remaining in the Lone Star State, but a poll of his seniors clearly demonstrated that it won’t be an issue.</span></p> <p>Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 12-2 SU and 10-4 ATS as a favorite in <a href="/betting-odds/college-football/" title="Live NCAAF football odds available for every bowl game from SBR" target="_blank">the college football odds</a>, with the UNDER going 10-3-1 in that situation.</p> <p><span><b>Finishing with a flourish</b></span></p> <p>UNLV scored 86 combined points in winning its final two games of the season <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-san-diego-state-vs-unlv-a-35417/" title="Read our predicstions from this game" target="_blank">against San Diego State</a> and Air Force, which helped the school secure its first bowl bid in 13 years.</p> <p><span>The Runnin’ Rebels have 10 players returning to their home state for this affair, including star running back Tim Cornett and wide receiver Devante Davis.</span></p> <p><span>College football handicappers will find that the team is 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points since the 2011 campaign.</span></p> <p class="preview-title" style="text-align:center;"><em><a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-bowl-picks-predictions-a-35673/" id="articleTitle" title="Read our Bowl Picks courtesy of SBR" target="_blank">College Football Bowl Picks &amp; Predictions</a></em></p> <p><span><b>Defending the run</b></span></p> <img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/demrunninrebels.jpg" style="font-size:1em;" /> <p>The Mean Green finished the regular season <a href="/college-football/betting-stats/" title="Take a look at SBR's team stats" target="_blank">ranked 18th in the country in rush defense</a>—allowing just 125.1 yards per game.</p> <p><span>It’s important to point out that the Runnin’ Rebels surrendered an average of nearly 100 yards more than that figure (221.8), while allowing opponents to run for 25 touchdowns.</span></p> <p><span><b>Capable signal-callers</b></span></p> <p><span>Sports bettors may find some value in playing the OVER in this matchup, considering both teams possess capable quarterbacks.</span></p> <p><span>North Texas signal-caller Derek Thompson ranks second on the school’s all-time list with 7,191 career passing yards, while UNLV’s Caleb Herring threw for 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions.</span></p> <p><span><b>Prediction</b></span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Runnin’ Rebels, as I developed a handicapper line favoring the Mean Green by 3.5 points, which provides the underdog three points of value. Let's take the Runnin' Rebels for <a href="/college-football/" title="Free picks from SBR" target="_blank">our college football picks</a>.</p> <p><span><strong>College Football Pick:</strong>  UNLV Runnin’ Rebels +6.5</span></p> <p><span>[gameodds]6/252331/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p>
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