The streaking Troy Trojans will look to cap off their season in style when they take on a ‘hopeful’ North Texas Mean Green squad that has pretty damned hot themselves when the two teams take to the gridiron for the 2017 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on December 16. If you’re looking to get your 2017 bowl betting season started off to a positive start, let’s find out who is offering the best value in this matchup.
North Texas Vs Troy Odds & Pick for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
North Texas (9-4) vs. Troy (10-2)
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
NCAAF Odds: Troy -6
Why Bet North Texas To Win The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
North Texas had won five straight and eight of nine until suffering a humbling 41-17 blowout loss against Florida Atlantic in their regular season finale on Dec. 2 while never coming close to covering the spread as an 11-point underdog. Still, the Mean Green have a lot to play for as they look to reach the 10-win plateau for the first time in program history. Quarterback Mason Fine has been fantastic in completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while running back Jeffery Wilson racked up a stellar 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Mean Green put an impressive 35.9 points per game on the board (20th) but also gave up a whopping 33.8 points per contest defensively (106th).
Why Bet Troy To Win The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
The Troy Trojans are on fire, having won six consecutive games including their exciting 32-25 win over Arkansas State on Dec. 3. Quarterback Brandon Silvers threw two touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 17 seconds left to lift Troy to victory and help the Trojans nab a share of the Sun Belt Conference title. Without a timeout, Silvers drove the Trojans 72 yards in nine plays before hitting wide receiver Deondre Douglas in the corner of the end zone from 14 yards out on fourth-and-5. Behind Silvers, the Trojans averaged 30.0 points per game (52nd) while limiting the opposition to just 17.5 points per contest defensively (11th).
North Texas Vs Troy Pick To Win The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
North Texas is hoping to reach the 10-win mark for the first time in school history, but I believe Troy is just too good defensively to lose this New Orleans Bowl contest. I know the Mean Green have gone 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but the Trojans have covered the spread in three straight, including twice as a favorite of at least 17.5 points while also going 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. Simply put, Troy can score the ball as well as North Texas, but the Trojans are the far better defensive team which is why they’ll win this one and cover the chalk as a near touchdown favorite!