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Troy Defense vs North Texas Offense The Story Of New Orleans Bowl

An irresistible force and an immovable object face off when the Troy Trojans and North Texas Mean Green meet in the New Orleans Bowl. Troy’s defense has held the opposition to 17.5 points per game this season while North Texas has put up an average of 35.9 ppg on the year. Will Troy win back-to-back bowls for the first time in program history or will North Texas win its first bowl since 2013?

Shark Bites
  • North Texas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Troy’s last 10 games.
  • Troy LB Hunter Reese has 7.0 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in the last 4 games.

Troy enters this game riding a six-game winning streak that has seen the Trojans outscore their opponents by an average of 22.3 ppg. Of course, the defense has been its usual self and dominating opponents but the offense has started to really click during the winning streak. A big reason for this has been the play of senior quarterback Brandon Silvers, as the signal-caller has thrown 11 of his 13 touchdown passes on the season in the past six.

North Texas will look to bounce back after an embarrassing loss to FAU in the C-USA title game – the second time this season the Mean Green were spanked by Lane Kiffin and company.  However, North Texas is undefeated in conference play vs any team not named “FAU” while averaging 44.9 points in those seven outings. Mason Fine may be the best QB in the C-USA, as the Mean Green sophomore threw for 3,749 yards with 28 TDs to 13 INTs.

Troy Trojans vs North Texas Mean Green Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

North Texas brings a 9-4 record (8-5 ATS) to this matchup against the 10-2 Troy Trojans, who are 5-7 against the spread. OVER/UNDER betting has seen North Texas go 8-5 so far and the Trojans go 3-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and North Texas vs Troy injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mean Green rated this week at No. 42 and the Trojans sitting at No. 25.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits North Texas's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 37.5 PPG, against a Troy defense that ranks No. 10 this week at 16.82 PPG. The North Texas aerial game is averaging 284.92 yards per game, more than the Troy secondary allows through the air, 206.09 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Trojans own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 112.5 yards per game when on the road. North Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 28 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Trojans grabbed a Week 14 victory over the Red Wolves in their last game, winning 32-25 at Centennial Bank Stadium.

In North Texas's last outing, Mason Fine threw for 356 yards in a losing cause against the Owls, 41-17 at FAU Stadium.