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Army Vs North Texas Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl Spread & ATS Pick

The Army Black Knights will look to cap off their season with a win over the North Texas Mean Green when the two teams battle in the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. The seventh annual hosting of this bowl game gets underway on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 12:00 PM ET, live from the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas while airing live on ESPN.

Now, let’s find out if the Black Knights can cover the spread as a nearly double-digit favorite.

Army Black Knights Vs North Texas Mean Green Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl Spread & ATS Pick

Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl
Who: Army Black Knights (6-5) vs North Texas Mean Green (5-7)
When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET  
Where: Dallas, TX
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Spread: Army -9
Moneyline: Army -400 at North Texas +325
Game Total: 44
Watch: ESPN
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Why Bet The Army Black Knights To Beat The Mean Green

The Army Black Knights are (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) have won two straight games including their stunning 21-17 win over Navy in their regular season finale.

This season, Army has beaten Navy, Morgan State, Wake Forest, Lafayette, UTEP, Rice, and Temple. The Black Knights average a healthy 29.2 points per game to rank 64th in scoring nationally despite the fact that quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw completed an awful 43.2 percent of his passes for 657 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions.  

Running back Andy Davidson has rushed for a team-high 905 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Bradshaw did add an impressive 697 yards and seven rushing scores for the Black Knights. Wide receiver Edgar Poe led the Black Knights with 321 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

The Army defense was rock-solid in limiting the opposition to just 18.9 points per game to rank a stellar 13th nationally in points allowed.

Why Bet The North Texas Mean Green To Beat The Black Knights

The North Texas Mean Green have lost four of their last five games and are (5-7 SU, 6-5-1 ATS) are in this bowl contest despite failing to become bowl eligible by falling to UTEP 52-24 in their regular season finale. The good news is that they smacked Army around 35-18 in Week 7.

The Mean Green averaged 24.2 points per game to rank 102nd in scoring as quarterback as Alec Morris has completed just 53.7 percent of his passes for 822 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions

Running back Jeffery Wilson has rushed for a team-high 855 yards and 13 touchdowns while wide receiver Terian Goree hauled in a team-high 36 passes for 328 yards and two scores. The North Texas defense has given up an overly generous 32.2 points per game to rank 93rd in points allowed.

Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl Pick & Final Score Prediction

61 percent of the betting public likes Army to win and cover the spread against North Texas and I am in agreement, seeing how pitiful the Mean Green performed down the stretch run.

Not only that, but Army has an elite defense while North Texas has an overly generous defense that gave up a whopping 45 points or more in each of their final three losses.

Army has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in the month of December and 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games.

North Texas is 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, but the Mean Green are also 1-4 ATS in their last five games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against the Black Knights.

While North Texas beat Army earlier this season, the Black Knights are now clearly the better team. Army also has the big edge in motivation after snapping a two-decade losing streak against Navy and coming into this contest looking for revenge against the Mean Green.

My final score prediction is Army 35 North Texas 20