North Texas vs. Miami (OH) Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

North Texas vs. Miami (Ohio) prediction and pick for Thursday's Frisco Football Classic in Frisco, TX. Jason Radowitz is here to give us his play for this one
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North Texas vs. Miami (OH) Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

North Texas Mean Green vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks - Frisco Football Classic

Spread: Miami (OH) -3

Total: 54.5

Game time: Thursday, 3:30 p.m. ET, Frisco, TX

Where to watch: ESPN

North Texas vs. Miami (OH) odds

North Texas vs. Miami (OH) Prediction

The North Texas Mean Green will take on the Miami Ohio RedHawks in the Frisco Football Classic. North Texas went on a rampage in the second half of the season, winning five straight games to become bowl eligible. The last win came against UTSA, 45-23, in stunning fashion, at home.

On the other hand, Miami Ohio lost its last game to Kent State, on the road, in overtime, 48-47. But going into that game, the RedHawks were already bowl eligible and will now play in the Frisco Football Classic.

Here are our picks and predictions for the early bowl game on Thursday, December 23.

North Texas vs. Miami (OH) INJURY REPORT

North Texas

Questionable: RB Isaiah Johnson (Undisclosed), DB Quinn Whitlock (Undisclosed)

Out: RB Oscar Adaway III (Knee), WR Tommy Bush (Leg), WR Jyaire Shorter (Undisclosed)

Miami (Ohio)

Out: RB Jaylon Bester (Undisclosed)

North Texas vs. Miami (OH) Prediction

The North Texas Mean Green won five straight games to become bowl eligible. I wouldn’t want to face this team right now. In those five games, North Texas and the defense held opponents to 24 or fewer points in every single game, with one of those games being in overtime.

On the season, the offense scored 28.6 points per game while averaging over 440 yards per game. The Mean Green average nearly 250 yards rushing, despite a run block group that hasn’t been spectacular.

The man who has been spectacular, however, has been DeAndre Torrey, who rushed for 248 times and 1,215 yards on the season. He scored 13 touchdowns and averaged nearly five yards per carry.

On the other hand, Miami Ohio allowed over 150 yards rushing per game, so there’s room for the Mean Green to have success rushing the football.

Still, the RedHawks put together a phenomenal season defensively, allowing 372.8 yards per game in a tough conference like the MAC, where points seem to be scored on every drive. Miami Ohio only allowed 23.8 points per game and scored 29.1 points per game.

They deserve some credit, despite allowing 48 points to Kent State in the last game of the season.

On offense, the RedHawks averaged over 425 yards and threw for 282.6 yards per game under Brett Gabbert, who threw for 24 touchdowns and limited interceptions to just six on the season.

North Texas really doesn’t have a great secondary but they do have a great pass rush. And with Miami Ohio’s offensive line, there’s a good chance that North Texas can put lots of pressure on Gabbert. Despite Gabbert not throwing many interceptions, I do believe North Texas can force some takeaways with that pass rush and ultimately win this game.

There’s no betting against North Texas on a five-game winning streak, coming off a massive win against UTSA.

North Texas vs. Miami (OH) Pick

  • PICK: North Texas +3 (-110)
Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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