2017 New Orleans Bowl Betting Preview: Trojans vs. Mean Green.

2017 New Orleans Bowl Betting Preview: Trojans vs. Mean Green

Written by on December 11, 2017

The North Texas Mean Green will look to bring an abrupt halt to the winning ways of the streaking Troy Trojans when the two teams square off in the 2017 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on December 16. With this game scheduled to go down live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 1:00 PM ET, let’s find out which team is offering the best College Football odds value according to the New Orleans Bowl betting prediction.

Troy (10-2) vs. North Texas (9-4) 2017 New Orleans Bowl Betting Preview

  • When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 92.5 FM (Troy) / 88.1 FM (North Texas)
  • Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
  • New Orleans Bowl Betting Odds: Troy Trojans -6.5 (Over/Under at 62)

Weather Forecast

  • Clear:14°C/57°F
  • Humidity: 56%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 26%
  • Wind: 8 mph SE

2018 NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS TO WIN

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Troy Trojans lead 8-2
  • Score: Troy Trojans 27.30 / North Texas Mean Green 18.30
  • Rush Yards: Troy Trojans 152.00 / North Texas Mean Green 116.30
  • Pass Attempts: Troy Trojans 35.60 / North Texas Mean Green 30.70
  • Completion Percentage: Troy Trojans 63.76 / North Texas Mean Green 57.33
  • Passing Yards: Troy Trojans 255.00 / North Texas Mean Green 207.60
  • Total Yards: Troy Trojans 407.00 / North Texas Mean Green 323.9
  • Turnovers: Troy Trojans 2.50 / North Texas Mean Green 1.80

Why Bet on the North Texas Mean Green Odds at +6?

Why bet on the Mean Green in this contest? The best reason is that they’ve been playing excellent football even though they lost the last time they took the field. North Texas had won five straight and eight of nine until ending up on the wrong end of a humbling 41-17 spanking against Florida Atlantic in their regular season finale on December 2. While the Mean Green never came close to covering the spread as an 11-point underdog in that contest, they still have a lot to play for in the New Orleans Bowl as they seek to reach the 10-win mark for the first time in program history. Quarterback Mason Fine has been fantastic in completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while running back Jeffery Wilson racked up stellar 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Mean Green put an impressive 35.9 points per game on the board (20th) but also gave up a whopping 33.8 points per contest defensively (106th).

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 35.92
  • Total Yards: 467.00
  • Rush Yards: 176.62
  • Passing Yards: 290.38
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 33.85
  • Total Yards: 431.16
  • Rush Yards: 208.08
  • Passing Yards: 223.08

Why Bet on the Troy Trojans Odds at -6?

Why bet on the Trojans in this contest? Well, because Troy is clearly playing their best football of the season at just the right time! The Trojans have won a half-dozen straight games including their exciting 32-25 win over Arkansas State on Dec. 3 as quarterback Brandon Silvers threw two touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 17 seconds left to lift Troy to victory. Troy is favor by the 2017 New Orleans Bowl Betting Odds. The win helped the Trojans nail down a share of the Sun Belt Conference title and they got it done in a pressure-packed situation. Without a timeout, Silvers drove the Trojans 72 yards in nine plays before hitting wide receiver Deondre Douglas in the corner of the end zone from 14 yards out on fourth-and-5. Behind Silvers, the Trojans averaged 30.0 points per game (52nd) while limiting the opposition to just 17.5 points per contest defensively (11th).

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 30.00
  • Total Yards: 415.84
  • Rush Yards: 149.17
  • Passing Yards: 266.67
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 17.50
  • Total Yards: 340.08
  • Rush Yards: 114.75
  • Passing Yards: 225.33

Latest New Orleans Bowl Betting Trends

  • Trojans are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Trojans are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Troy’s last 10 games
  • Mean Green are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Mean Green are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of North Texas’s last 15 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

North Texas may be hoping to reach the double-digit win mark for the first time in school history, but my expert advice is to back Troy in this one because of their superior defense. While the Mean Green have gone 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, the Trojans have covered the spread in three straight games, including twice as a favorite of at least 17.5 points. The Trojans are also 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. Troy can score the ball as well as North Texas, but the Trojans are the far better defensive team which is why they’ll win this one and cover the chalk as a near touchdown favorite! Pick: Troy Trojans -5