College Football Week 4 Predictions: North Texas Mean Green vs. Georgia Bulldogs

North Texas Mean Green vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, 9/21/13, 12:20 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Georgia -36.5
Current Betting Line:  Georgia -32.5
Opening Total:  67.5
Current Total:  67
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Georgia Bulldogs have gained 500-plus yards in each of their two games this season
The Georgia Bulldogs have gained 500-plus yards in each of their two games this season

North Texas is off to its best start to a season since 1994 with a 2-1 record, as it picked up a 34-27 victory over Ball State as three-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 59.  The Mean Green have forced the most turnovers in the nation with 11 through three games, while posting a plus-15 turnover margin during the Dan McCarney era.  Defensively, the unit ranks second nationally in protecting the red zone, as it has allowed opponents to score just 50 percent of the time.  North Texas is 2-0 ATS as underdogs of 31 or more points the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions Saturday.

The Mean Green offense has piled up 1,395 yards of total offense through three games—topping the 500-yard mark in two of those contests.  North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson was named Conference USA Player of the Week for his efforts last time out, as he completed 31 of 47 passes.  The program is 8-0 when scoring 30 points or more under McCarney, but that number will be hard to reach against an SEC opponent.

Georgia returns to the gridiron after a week off, as it tallied a 41-30 victory over South Carolina as three-point home favorites on Sept. 7, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest dating back to last season.  The Bulldogs are 49-9 against non-conference opponents under the direction of head coach Mark Richt, including a 34-1 mark at Sanford Stadium.  Offensively, the team has gained at least 536 yards in each of its first two games, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page.

The Bulldogs are led offensively by senior quarterback Aaron Murray, who became the first player in SEC history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons a year ago.  He has started 43 games over the course of his career—just two shy of the school record that was set back in 1945-48.  Georgia also has a talented running back duo, with Todd Gurley leading the charge in rushing for 100-plus yards in both games this season, while Marshall has totaled 187 combined yards.

Sports bettors will likely back the Mean Green due to their 5-0 ATS mark following a bye week.

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