Both Lost Conference Title Games
Presenting two teams looking to bounce back after conference title game-losing efforts. It’s the North Texas Mean Green (7-6) and the Boise St Broncos (9-4) in the Frisco Bowl Saturday evening. UNT lost the Conference USA title game to No. 22 UTSA, 48-27, and lost two of its last three. Boise State had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 28-16 loss to Fresno St. in the Mountain West Conference title game. Read our in-depth preview of this game before you make your bet online.
UNT Struggling on Defense
The North Texas Mean Green head into Saturday’s contest having dropped two of their last three, both losses seeing the defense surrender more than 40 points. The last three wins had North Texas allowing an average of 14.6 points, thus the defensive success translates to “W’s”.
UNT will have defensive coordinator Phil Bennett taking the reins of the squad, that after Seth Littrell was fired on the heels of the loss to UTSA. Bennett may try to make some changes defensively in an effort to improve the team’s fortunes.
Junior quarterback Austin Aune leads the offense, 3,309 passing yards (32 touchdowns, eighth in the country). Aune’s two interceptions did not help in the loss to UTSA, and he’ll need to avoid those mistakes against the Broncos.
The Mean Green had a balanced run game, three different players with over 500 yards. Sophomore Ayo Adeyi paced the team with 740 yards (four touchdowns, 7.6 yards per carry).
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Boise St. Couldn’t Go West
The Boise St. Broncos didn’t come away with the Mountain West title, having lost in the aforementioned championship game to Fresno St. Coach Andy Avalos is still looking forward to the Frisco Bowl as a way to continue building the program.
“We didn’t accomplish what we set out to do today, but we accomplished a lot of things this year,” Avalos said after the loss to Fresno St. “And we do get one more chance in a bowl game.”
Freshman quarterback Taylen Green struggled a bit in the losing effort, 17-of-38 (175 yards, two interceptions). Green ended with 1,905 yards (13 touchdowns) this season, with an additional 467 yards (eight touchdowns) on the ground.
Running back George Holani had 1,133 yards (10 touchdowns) this season. It was his first 1,000-yard season since he was a freshman back in 2019. Holani is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, 22 receptions (153 yards, three touchdowns) this season.
North Texas vs Boise St. Injuries
North Texas vs Boise St. Head-To-Head
First meeting. The college football lines are giving a double-digit edge to the Broncos.
North Texas vs Boise St. Game Information
- Game: North Texas (7-6) vs Boise State (9-4)
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 17th, 9:15 p.m. ET
- Location: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
- North Texas vs Boise St. Live Stream: ESPN
North Texas vs Boise St. Betting Lines
North Texas vs Boise St. Picks & Prediction
The North Texas Mean Green have had their troubles defensively, and they’ve changed coaches as well. The Boise St. Broncos should get the win, pulling away late to cover.
North Texas is listed at +320 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Mean Green to win, you have a chance to win $320. Boise St. is at -400, offering a chance to win $25 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives North Texas a 23.81% chance to win, with Boise St. at 80.00%.
When making your college football picks, take Boise State to win and cover.