Free Dallas Bowl Prediction: Black Knights vs Mean Green Odds
Looking for Army Black Knights vs. North Texas Mean Green free picks? Heart of Dallas Bowl betting sees the Black Knights taking on the Mean Green Tuesday, December 27th at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
(7-5) Army Black Knights vs. North Texas Mean Green (5-7)
Date: Tuesday, December 27th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Army -10.0
NCAA Betting Total: 49.0
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After 14 straight losses to Navy, Army finally pulled off the victory and will be riding high going into their bowl game.
The Black Knights were already bowl bound before the game but the win over Navy secured a record above .500 even with a bowl loss and ended the long drought in the historic rivalry.
North Texas will have its hands full and are lucky to even be playing in a bowl game with their 5-7 record.
Army Black Knights
Army finished with 7-5 regular season record that included impressive wins over Temple, Wake Forest, and Navy – all bowl bound teams.
Their success this season has been a combination of their dynamic rushing attack and a very strong defense.
The rushing attack averaged 328 rushing yards per game while the defense surrendered just 19.1 points per game on the season.
The defense also only allowed 289 yards per game and they should be poised for another strong one against a weak North Texas offense.
Ahmad Bradshaw and Andy Davidson have been the difference makers for the Army offense – combining to average 4.6 yards per carry and totaled 18 rushing touchdowns between the two of them.
In addition to them, 9 other players scored a rushing touchdown contributing to a team total of 40 rushing touchdowns on the season.
The offense should be in for another good opportunity to step up as North Texas allowed 32.2 points per game on the season and 219 rushing yards per game.
North Texas Mean Green
Despite the defense playing well at times, the offense was very inconsistent and the Mean Green defense found itself in some tough spots throughout the season.
The Mean Green got a bowl bid despite being 5-7 due to their academics but they certainly didn’t perform like a bowl team – particularly down the stretch.
North Texas lost four of its last five games after knocking off Army earlier in the season.
North Texas capitalized on four Bradshaw interceptions that day and used an effective running game to run away with the win.
They won the game 35 to 18 at Army but can’t expect to get 7 total turnovers from the Black Knights this time around.
The motivation for the Mean Green likely isn’t very high as they are limping into this bowl game.
Army on the other hand is rolling and should be feeling great following their historic upset win over Navy.
In addition, the previous matchup between the teams was in the rain making for a sloppy, unpredictable account. This one appears to be more predictable with the teams trending in opposite directions.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 15-2 in Army’s last 17 neutral site games.
- Under is 16-5 in Army’s last 21 games in December.
- Under is 24-8-1 in Army’s last 33 games on grass.
- Two of North Texas’s top 5 wide receivers are suspended for the bowl game and a third receiver is unlikely to play.
Free Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
The trends point toward this game going under and that is largely due to the nature of Army’s slow tempo, rushing offense.
But, I think over the course of the game, that offense will wear down the Mean Green and Army should cover the spread easily.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Army -10.0
Army is coming off an emotional and impressive win over Navy and will be trying to avenge the loss North Texas handed them earlier this season. No chance Army will turn the ball over 7 times this time around.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Free Score Prediction: Army 31 – North Texas 13
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