North Texas at UAB - 11/12/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The North Texas Mean Green will head to Birmingham to take on the UAB Blazers from Protective Stadium this Saturday. UAB holds the all-time series lead 5-1 after winning last year's meeting in Denton, 40-6.

North Texas is 6-4 defeating Florida International in Week 10. The Mean Green went up 24-0 early on the Panthers, and never looked back, outgaining them 623-258, and covering the 21-point spread. North Texas scores 37.2 points per game, while passing for 285.2 yards per game (38th), and rushing for 218.6 ypg (28th). The UNT defense allows 36.2 points per game.

Austin Aune has looked good here in year three starting behind center, and he’s got North Texas in position to compete for a spot in the Conference USA title game. The junior quarterback has performed well on the road this season, tossing three touchdowns in the win over Western Kentucky, and a season-high 414 yards against FIU last weekend. Aune has thrown for 1,753 passing yards with 28 touchdowns to 11 interceptions on the season.

The Mean Green have one of the best rushing attacks in the country, and they’re led by running backs Ayo Adeyi and Oscar Adaway. Adeyi leads the country in yards per carry (8.1), and he leads UNT with 690 yards. Adaway is the bruiser of the group, and he leads the team with five rushing touchdowns, while rushing for 583 yards. Roderick Burns leads the team with 33 catches for 623 receiving yards.

UAB dropped to 4-5 after losing to UTSA at home in Week 10. The Blazers were outlasted by the Roadrunners in a double-overtime shootout after tying the game in the final minute of the fourth quarter. UAB's third straight loss in conference play now has them out of the title picture, but they can spoil UNT’s season right here. UAB scores 31.2 points per game, while passing for 205.6 yards per game (189th), and rushing for 243.9 ypg (13th).

Jacob Zeno replaced Dylan Hopkins in the lineup in Week 8, and he played very well against UTSA. The Baylor transfer nearly spurned his hometown’s team’s season, but came up just short in overtime. Zeno posted career-highs of 332 passing yards, and scored three total touchdowns in the loss to UTSA, and there’s optimism heading into this weekend.

Dewayne McBride has handled the full load this season, and he’s surpassed the 120-yard mark in all nine games thus far. McBride scored multiple touchdowns for the fourth time this season versus UTSA, and he leads CUSA with 1,284 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Junior back Jermain Brown has complimented him with 539 yards and three scores. Senior wideout Trea Shripshire is on-pace to lead UAB in receiving again this season, and he’s up to 25 catches for 546 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

North Texas is 7-3 against the spread this season, with a 4-1 record on the road. UAB is 3-6 against the spread this season, with a 3-2 record at home. The over is 6-2 in Huskies games this season. UNT is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. UAB is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Over is 6-2 in North Texas' last 8 games overall.

North Texas represents one of more well-rounded attacks in the nation, and they’ve got a pretty sound defense to back it up. They’re the best team in Texas outside of the Big 12 (that included A&M), and they come in with a generous margin here versus a struggling UAB team.

UAB has failed to rediscover last year’s form, and with a random, painful late-season trip to Death Valley to face LSU looming next week, this will mark a lot of these guys' final game in Birmingham. The Blazers will play with emotion here, but that might be enough against a streaking UNT squad.

The Mean Green will come into Protective Stadium with bad intentions this weekend, and they’ve got a good chance to come through as underdogs. Spot North Texas the points for safety here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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