Alabama Crimson Tide vs. North Texas Mean Green
The Alabama Crimson Tide returns home from the road as they host the North Texas Mean Green in a week three College Football match up. The Crimson Tide are -45 point favorites over the Mean Green.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking like one of the top teams in the country but there is a lot of football to be played before we put Nick Saban’s team in the National Title game or even the SEC Title game. While Alabama has questions at QB, Saban stuck with A.J. McCarron at Penn State last week and while McCarron was unspectacular, he was solid and didn’t turn the ball over. McCarron is helped by a relentless Tide rushing attack led by Trent Richardson who ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns at Happy Valley and Eddie Lacy who carried the ball for 85 yards on 11 carries. Marquis Maz steps up and is now the primary receiver but he hasn’t been called on to do much as the running game has been more than good enough to get the job done thus far. As is a trademark of every Saban team the Bama defense is rock solid allowing just 251 yards and snagging three turnovers against Penn State. It is going to take a tough team to challenge the Tide this year and even then the only way they may be challenged is if they beat themselves.
It’s Dan McCamey’s first season as Head Coach of the North Texas Mean Green and after two games he has a solid firsthand knowledge of what it is like to be the coach of one of the worst football teams in America. As bad as Noth Texas was supposed to be this season they are still worse as they haven’t even been competitive. QB Derek Thompson has had plenty of chances to throw this year as the Mean Green have been playing catch up plenty as he’s thrown for 339 yards but just one touchdown. Running back Lance Dunbar is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry and leads the team in rushing with 127 yards while Michael Outlaw is the leading receiver with eight catches for 99 yards and Brelan Chancellor has six catches for 104 yards. Middle linebacker Zach Orr leads UNT in tackles with 19 followed by Ryan Dowling with 11 and Jeremy Phillips, Brad Graham, and Royce Hill all with 10. It’s clear from the outset the North Texas is well over matched here and the battle will be for how long can they keep the game respectable.
Alabama is 5-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games. North Texas is 8-2 against the spread following a double digit home loss, 4-17 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight against SEC teams.
I am sure Nick Sabana will call the dogs off fairly early and he will empty his bench by midway through the third quarter but that might still not be enough as this one is going to get real ugly. Take Alabama minus the 45.
Alabama Crimson Tide -45 North Texas Mean Green