Previewing the Frisco Bowl: North Texas vs. Boise State
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This is the preview for the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 9:15 p.m. ET
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
Betting splits: 64% of bets, 67% of handle on Boise State -10.5
Boise State wasn’t expected to be as strong of a team as we’ve come to expect in recent years. They were upset 27-10 by UTEP as a 16.5-point favorite in the third game of the year, causing longtime starting QB Hank Bachmeier to leave the program and declare he was heading to the transfer portal (and keeping his red-shirt since he played fewer than four games).
But then the Broncos went 8-0 to win the Mountain West's Mountain Division by three games before losing 28-16 to Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game. Boise is now led by dual-threat QB Taylen Green (1,905 passing yards, 467 rushing yards, 21 total TDs) and has a very balanced offense that averages 194.7 passing yards and 187 rushing yards per game.
North Texas had a very similar season in which it lost nonconference games to SMU, UNLV, and Memphis, but then went 6-2 in Conference USA before losing the conference title game 48-27 to No. 25 Texas-San Antonio. Seven-year coach Sean Littrell was relieved of his duties last weekend and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was named interim coach for the Frisco Bowl.
The Mean Green offense averages 33.9 points per game behind QB Austin Aune (3,309 passing yards, 32 TDs). However, the defense isn’t so mean and allows 31.5 points per game while Boise State’s defense allows 18.8 points a game, justifying why the Broncos are favored by 10.5 points. – Dave Tuley
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