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Army Playing in First Bowl Game Since 2010

The Heart of Dallas Bowl is perennially one of the most explosive bowl games of the season, and Army and North Texas will look to live up to those expectations on December 27. The winning team in this game has never scored fewer than 30 points and has scored at least 44 points in half of the contests in the six-year existence of the bowl.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of North Texas's last five games in December.
  • Army is 2-5 SU in its last seven games against the Conference USA.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Army's last six games against teams with losing records.

North Texas isn’t exactly a program that strikes fear into many peoples’ hearts, but they haven’t been getting the job done when facing good teams. The Mean Green are 1-11 SU in their last 12 against squads with winning records.

Army is playing in its first bowl game in six years and just the third since 1988. Head coach Jeff Monken took over the program in 2014; before then, the Knights had won eight games in three years. They posted losing records in 16 of 17 seasons leading up to 2014.

The Mean Green are playing in the contest due to the program’s Academic Progress Rate score, the highest of the country’s five-win teams. North Texas hasn’t been in a bowl game since 2013 when it toppled UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Army Black Knights vs North Texas Mean Green Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the North Texas Mean Green have seen them go 5-7 and 6-5-1 ATS so far this season, while the Army Black Knights are at 6-5 and 6-5 ATS. In over under totals betting, the Army Black Knights are 4-7, while the North Texas Mean Green are 5-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and North Texas vs Army injuries news.

The game pits the North Texas Mean Green, currently No. 100 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Army Black Knights, who rate No. 77 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the North Texas Mean Green No. 102-ranked offense (24.25 PPG) against a Army Black Knights defense that ranks No. 14 at 19.09 PPG. The North Texas Mean Green passing attack has averaged 198.92 yards per game, more than the Army Black Knights give up through the air (164.55 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Army Black Knights own the league's No. 24-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 133.67 yards per game when on the road. North Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 110 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

North Texas didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Miners as UTEP blasted them 52-24 in Week 13 action.

Betting Trends
  • Army is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Army's last 13 games
  • Army is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Texas
  • North Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • North Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of North Texas's last 15 games
  • North Texas is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Army