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North Texas vs. UTEP Week 1 Game Spread

Written by:
Mary Montgomery
Published on:
Aug/26/2022

UNT is -1.5 against UTEP for this Week 1 game with the overnight line.  The Sagarin Rating for North Texas (113) was 59.71 and UTEP (126) was at 57.52.  These were the closing ratings for 2021 so adjustments will need to be made.  This gives us a line of a PICK'EM after adjusting for the home field advantage.

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What is the Head to Head Record Between North Texas vs. UTEP?

The Mean Green are winners of the last five in this series dating back to 2017. 

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Important Trends: North Texas vs. UTEP Week 1 Game

  • The Mean Green are 5-0 Against The Spread in their last 5 conference games.
  • The Mean Green have won the last five games vs. the Miners since 2017.
  • North Texas is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  • As a home underdog, Texas El Paso is 6-12 Against The Spread.

North Texas vs. UTEP Betting Action and Line Movement

Overnight, the action was pretty balanced for this game.

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North Texas Mean Green Preview

North Texas has a loaded offense entering 2022.  Eight starters return and there will be help from the transfer portal.

The quarterbacks have some solid receiving corps to throw to, but the quarterback position itself remains open.

Austin Aune guided the Mean Green on a five-game winning streak to finish the regular season and opted to return, but he was not always accurate.

The defense should also give UTEP fits.

The North Texas linebackers could prove to be quite good this season. Senior linebacker KD Davis has opted to remain at North Texas.  Last year he made his first appearance on the All-C-USA First Team.

"Really excited about this group — the things they’ve done in the offseason to prepare and continue to build our culture [and] our leadership, the way they’ve worked has been awesome to watch,” head coach Seth Littrell said. “This is always a fun time of the year getting back and around the guys.”

“It’s going to be a good year — I’m excited to see where our offense is at,” sophomore tight end Jake Roberts said. “I like where the Mean Green are. We’re going to be in a good spot.”

This is North Texas' first (and final) trip to El Paso since 2019.  The Mean Green will be part of the exodus to the American Athletic at the end of this season.

UTEP Miners Preview

The Miners return 71% of their production from last season but their deep threat Jacob Cowing is off to Arizona.

That being said, College Football News notes:

"The running backs are deep and good, three all-stars return on the O line, and Gavin Hardison is a veteran quarterback who’ll keep pushing the ball deep – the UNT secondary is a bit of a question mark – even without Cowing.

"The linebacking corps is great, Praise Amaewhule is one of the best pass rushers in the conference, and the secondary got a whole bunch of help from the transfer portal."

Likely Result

In the official preseason Conference USA poll, North Texas was picked fifth and UTEP sixth.

North Texas is just the better team here and we don't have to worry about a spread.  Take the Mean Green here as a -1 favorite.  We got this one before it moved the half point.

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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