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Mean Green host Blue Raiders in Week 7 action

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersNorth Texas Mean Green
3-3October 12, 2013, 07:00 | Apogee Stadium2-2

The visiting Blue Raiders hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Apogee Stadium against the Mean Green.

The Mean Green sport records of 2-2 and 3-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Blue Raiders sit at 3-3 and 2-4 ATS on the season. The over under records are 2-2 for the Mean Green and 2-4 for the Blue Raiders.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs North Texas Mean Green Odds and Stats.

The Blue Raiders were listed as 4.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The Mean Green sit at No. 77 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Blue Raiders are at No. 89 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Mean Green will win this game 26-21.

Middle Tennessee was a 24-17 loser in their most recent outing at home against East Carolina. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors. Derek Thompson handled the Green Wave defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 326 yards, but North Texas still lost to Tulane 24-21.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Texas's No. 81-ranked offense, averaging 27.4 PPG, against a Blue Raiders defense that ranks No. 82 this week at 29.17 PPG. The Mean Green aerial game is averaging 287.4 yards per game, more than the Blue Raiders secondary allows through the air, 278.67 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders feature the league's No. 52-rated road run defense, allowing 163 yards per game. North Texas, meanwhile, ranks No. 46 in rushing offense at home.

A few Blue Raiders at Mean Green trends to consider:
North Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
North Texas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Texas's last 6 games

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at Marshall, Thursday, October 24th
North Texas at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, October 19th