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College Football Betting Preview: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. North Texas Mean Green

September 16, 2023


The North Texas Mean Green (0-2) and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-1) will face off in a rematch from last year’s battle. Will the Bulldogs be triumphant in this year’s matchup or can the Mean Green land their first win against a familiar opponent?


  • Date: September 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET

  • Location: Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana

  • Coverage: ESPN+

North Texas Mean Green Betting Preview

The Mean Green are coming off of a 46-39 shootout against the Florida International Panthers last week. This was an exciting matchup that they should have won, but they gave up 21 points in the third quarter alone.

They are averaging 389.5 total yards each game, with 242.5 stemming from passing plays. They are not appealing on defense, as they allow a total of 598.5 yards, with 306.5 coming from passing. This ratio will not be good if they continue against the Bulldogs.

For point totals, they are averaging 33.5 each game and allowing 48.5. They must stop the bleeding defensively if they want to succeed.

The Mean Green finished 7-7 last year in the Conference USA. They will need to be perfect the rest of the year if they want any shot at having similar success.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Preview

The Bulldogs recently had a 51-21 victory against the Northwestern State Demons, which got them back on track after their previous defeat. This was also their first game showing explosive offense.

On offense, they average 398 total yards with 228.3 coming from passes. On defense, they allow on average 321 total yards with 190.7 coming from rushing. Luckily, the Mean Green are not that strong with rushing and it could make the difference here.

They are averaging 29 points per game and allowing 25.3. This is not a lot of breathing room, but it might be enough against a struggling Mean Green.

They finished opposite the Mean Green last year, as they went 3-9 in the conference. This year’s showdown has both teams on other ends of the spectrum, which should make for an entertaining rivalry.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie has the odds for this matchup, with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs being slight favorites by less than a touchdown. Looking at market analysis, the Bulldogs have a 68.7 percent probability to win.


  • North Texas Mean Green +4.5 (-110)

  • Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -4.5 (-110)

The Bulldogs lost this matchup nearly a year ago, 47-27, but have a different perspective this time around. They have a great opportunity to turn this game in their favor, as shown with strong performances prior to this matchup.

Spooky Express Pick: Take the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -4.5 (-110)