North Texas 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction
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Breaking Down the North Texas Win Total
2020 College Football Season
North Texas: O/U 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds:
The North Texas Mean Green will be looking to turn the tides during the 2020 campaign. North Texas struggled during the 2019 season, finishing with an overall record of (4-8), while going (3-5) in C-USA play. The offense averaged 30.6 points per contest, which ranked 52nd at the FBS level. The defense struggled to make stops consistently, allowing an average of 32.5 per game. The program is under the direction of Seth Littrell.
The offense was paced by quarterback Mason Fine. Fine passed for 3,088 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. However, Fine was a senior last season. Jason Bean looks to have a chance at the starting quarterback spot for the 2020 season. Bean threw 3 touchdowns and 3 picks during the 2019 season. Tre Siggers rushed for 853 yards, while scoring 6 touchdowns as a sophomore. Wideout Jaelon Darden reeled in 76 receptions for 736 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jyaire Shorter added 24 receptions and 9 receiving touchdowns. Both wideouts return for the 2020 campaign.
As a team the defense totaled 30 sacks and 4 interceptions, while forcing and recovering 9 fumbles. The defense was led by linebacker KD Davis. Davis had a team leading 88 tackles, while contributing 3.5 sacks as a sophomore. The linebacker will look to build off of the 2019 season. Defensive end LaDarius Hamilton had a team high 8.5 sacks, but has since signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. North Texas will have to fill the void in the secondary, as both Nick Harvey and Taylor Robinson were seniors last season. The two defensive backs combined for 14 pass break ups and 2 interceptions.
Let us take a look at the North Texas schedule for the 2020 season.
Sept. 5 Houston Baptist
Sept. 12 at Texas A&M
Sept. 19 SMU
Sept. 26 at Houston
Oct. 3 Southern Miss
Oct. 10 Charlotte
Oct. 17 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 31 at UTEP
Nov. 7 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 14 at UAB
Nov. 21 Rice
Nov. 28 at UTSA
he Mean Green will open their season with a home matchup with Houston Baptist. North Texas will then play three more consecutive non-conference games. The rest of their non-conference slate features a road game at Texas A&M and Houston, while playing host to SMU.
The projected win total is set at 5.5 wins. The program will need to show better skill on defense this season, if the team wants to surpass this win total. However, if the team wants to succeed, North Texas will need to overcome the loss of Mason Fine. Fine had been a staple in this program at the quarterback position during his time with the Mean Green. It looks as if the coaching staff will turn to sophomore quarterback Jason Bean, who saw limited playing time as a freshman.
The defense also lost their best pass rusher, as well as two starters in their secondary. This was a defense that already was nothing to write home about a season ago, now underclassmen will need to fill some voids. North Texas struggled last season with a quarterback that did more than enough to win 4 games last season. Seeing that North Texas has a tough non-conference schedule, I’m siding with the under. North Texas will more than likely be 1-3 in non-conference games. The lack of experience at the quarterback position and the loss of a few key players from the defensive side of the ball doesn’t make it any easier for the program to go over on this total, I’m siding with the under.