Packers vs Bears Live Stream

Packers vs Bears ; Clinch the NFC North championship and beat a heated rival to do it? The Chicago Bears couldn’t have asked for a sweeter scenario. That’s exactly the opportunity they’re staring at when they host Aaron Rodgers and the fading Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.

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“It would be very exciting,” quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “We know this is a big week for us, and a lot comes with it.”

With six wins in the past seven games, the division championship and a playoff spot are just about in hand.

A win over the Packers (5-7-1) would clinch the North for the Bears (9-4). So would a loss by Minnesota to Miami. And ties by both the Bears and the Vikings would do the trick, too.

Even if they don’t clinch the division, they could still secure a playoff spot on Sunday. In that case, a tie against Green Bay – or a tie or loss by Washington against Jacksonville – would send Chicago to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 team won the NFC North.

Of course, with a victory comes this added bonus: beating Green Bay. It would also give the Bears a measure of revenge for that season-opening gut punch at Lambeau Field, when Rodgers got carted off the field with a left knee injury and came back to lead the Packers from 20 down to a 24-23 victory.

“It’s a special moment in my career,” Rodgers said. “It is the Bears, and the injury I was dealing with and the pain and 20-0 and coming back and winning that game. It seems a long time ago, standing here in Week 15, but that was a good moment for us. It’s a better moment when you parlay those into big-time winning seasons and championship runs, but it was a special moment for sure.”

The Bears have emerged as a force in the NFC in their first season under coach Matt Nagy after four straight last-place finishes. The Packers fired Mike McCarthy in his 13th season two weeks ago and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach, hoping to jolt a team in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Packers won his debut , beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-20. The Bears beat the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams 15-6 last week, with their defense squashing one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses.

Here are some things to know with Chicago on the verge of securing a playoff spot and Green Bay’s hopes fading:

It’s a case of a streak vs. strength when Rodgers faces Chicago’s turnover-happy defense. The Bears are first in the NFL in turnover margin at plus-13. Rodgers hasn’t thrown a pick since Week 4, when his pass over the middle for Jimmy Graham was deflected twice before being intercepted by Bills safety Jordan Poyer on second-and-4 from the Packers 49. It’s the only interception this season for Rodgers. Since then he’s had 368 straight attempts without an interception to set an NFL record.

“Yeah, you know hopefully it stays that way,” Philbin said as he knocked on a wooden podium for good luck. The Packers are plus-2 in turnover margin, tied for 14th in the league.

With an 0-6 road record and eight straight losses dating to last season, the Packers sure have experienced difficulties away from Lambeau Field. That’s something they hope to change against Chicago.

The Packers have won nine of the past 10 meetings overall. They also have an eight-game winning streak at Soldier Field, counting the postseason.

While the Packers have struggled on the road, the Bears are 6-1 at Soldier Field.

That gives them their highest win total at home since going 6-2 in 2008. And if they beat Green Bay, the Bears would finish 7-1 at home for the first time since 2005.

Also, Nagy’s nine victories are the most by a coach in his first season with the Bears since Paddy Driscoll led the 1956 team to a 9-2-1 mark.

Speaking of turnovers, the Packers’ defense has been hit or miss when it comes to takeaways. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland accounted for both of Green Bay’s takeaways last week with an interception return for a touchdown and fumble recovery, though the latter came on a botched shotgun snap. Still, the win over the Falcons ended a two-week stretch without a takeaway.

The Bears would certainly welcome a better showing from Trubisky. He struggled against Los Angeles after missing back-to-back games because of a right shoulder injury, with a season-high three interceptions and a 33.3 rating that was his lowest of the year.

One positive for the Bears’ offense: Jordan Howard running for a season-high 101 yards.

Raiders vs Bengals Live Stream

Raiders vs Bengals : There’s a lot of drama surrounding the Oakland Raiders football franchise this week and none of it has to do with making the postseason. Their opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, are playing for pride at this point.

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In the past week the Oakland Raiders (3-10) upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, fired their general manager, were sued by the city for ratifying a move to Las Vegas, and are now probably going to be playing in a different stadium in 2019.

That’s a lot of emotional baggage for a struggling team to carry. But the Raiders did show signs of life last week in taking down the Steelers, and they can beat the Bengals (5-8) with a similar performance.

Cincinnati is a decent football team plagued by mental mistakes. With aging quarterback Andy Dalton’s numbers being down this year, some are wondering if a rebuild is around the corner.

Unless the Bengals win out, they’ll suffer their third straight losing season. That hasn’t happened in two decades.

Cardinals vs Falcons Live Stream

Cardinals vs Falcons ; In search of a much-needed win, the Atlanta Falcons look to emerge victorious this week against the Arizona Cardinals. Here are three in-game matchups to be mindful of.

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Looking back to the beginning of the season, probably none of us expected the Atlanta Falcons to be in this position that they are currently in. Sitting at 4-9 and in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the team has underachieved considerably, even considering the abundant amount of injuries this season.

Coming to town for the Falcons final home game of the season is an Arizona Cardinals team that has encountered a few struggles themselves this season. The Falcons have an opportunity to get that bad taste out of their mouth and get back to winning ways. Here are three in-game matchups that will play a integral part in the outcome.

Falcons Pass Defense vs. Cardinals Pass Offense

Absolutely woeful: a brief description of the Cardinals on offense all season. The team drafted rookie quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft as their franchise passer. The future is now the present as Rosen has started 10 games this season with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

On the season, the Cardinals have totaled 175 passing yards or less in 10 of 13 games played. As a result, they are 32nd in the NFL in passing yards per game, 32nd in yards per pass, and 30th in completion percentage. So the task for the Falcons appears manageable at least. While Rosen has a bright future, the Falcons passing defense needs to continue the trend by keeping Rosen a complete non-factor.

Something has to give in this one. Each of these units has ranked in the bottom half of the league for most of the season. For the Falcons, the run game has been a weakness for the team this season, with only three games over 100 rushing yards recorded. In comparison, the Falcons offense recorded 100-yard rushing games on 11 different occasions last season.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s run defense has been a liability this season, with the unit only holding opponents under 100 yards rushing twice all season.

Can the Cardinals defense be exploited in the run game? No doubt. That onus will not completely be on the shoulders of running backs Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith. But the offensive line must be better at generating run lanes and getting to the second level against defenders. A 125-yard rushing outing can go a long way toward a win for the Falcons.

In three games against the Arizona Cardinals, all at home by the way, Julio Jones has totaled 17 catches, 257 yards, and a touchdown. Playing against the talented Patrick Peterson has been spotlighted, and the history between the two goes back to their encounters within the SEC when both were collegiate athletes. This season, Jones is quietly having a spectacular season as he leads the league in receiving yards with 1,429 to go along with five touchdown catches. Jones has topped 100 receiving yards in seven of his last eight games, so yeah, saying he is “hot” at the moment may be an understatement.

The Cardinals operate out a defense that relies on plenty of zone coverage on the back end. So Jones will not be matched up with Peterson as often as we have seen in years past. If you recall, Jones saw plenty of Benewikere en route to his 300-yard receiving game against Carolina back in 2016. It’s a favorable matchup that the Falcons would be wise to target as Jones has given both cornerbacks fits in previous matchups, and right now, he is a difficult cover for just about any secondary.

Rocky Fielding vs Canelo Alvarez

Rocky Fielding vs Canelo Alvarez fight time, watch online, start time, live stream, DAZN card, Everything you need to know in order to watch Canelo’s first appearance on DAZN

The dust has barely settled on Canelo Alvarez’s September middleweight title victory over Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their highly-anticipated rematch, and Alvarez is not only ready to step back into the ring, but he’s moving up in weight slightly in an attempt to add more gold to his collection when he takes on WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Saturday night. Alvarez’s quest for a super middleweight title will also mark the Mexican star’s first appearance on the DAZN streaming service since with the company back in October.

Nearly one year after they battled to a controversial split draw, Alvarez (50-1, 34 KOs) handed Golovkin the first professional loss of his career in a unanimous decision win that has been disputed by some. A third bout between the two middleweight studs has not been completely ruled out for 2019, but first, Alvarez has other goals he would like to attain — beginning with Saturday’s battle.

Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) will be attempting not to lose that WBA super middleweight title in just his first defense. Back in July, the 31-year-old Liverpool, England, native defeated Tyron Zeuge via TKO in the fifth round to claim the championship. At the time of the victory, the relatively-unknown Fielding probably had little idea that his first defense would come against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world looking to move up for his prize. Now, he’s been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime if he can somehow knock off Alvarez.

Below is all the information you need to catch the Canelo vs. Rocky super middleweight championship showdown on Saturday, with odds via Bovada and 5Dimes.

Canelo vs. Rocky viewing information

Date: Saturday, Dec. 15
Time: 9 p.m. ET | Location: Madison Square Garden — New York City
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Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian state

Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian state :Appalachian State is 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread in three bowl games since joining FBS ball three seasons ago.

Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, is just 2-5 both SU and ATS over its last seven bowls. The champions of the Sun Belt take on the runners-up from Conference USA when the Mountaineers meet the Blue Raiders in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night at the Superdome.

College football point spread: The Mountaineers opened as nine-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 37.3-23.6 Mountaineers (College football picks on every game)

Why the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders can cover the spread

The Blue Raiders started 3-3 this season, with losses at SEC outfits Vanderbilt and East Division champion Georgia.

But they then won five of their last six contests to finish 7-1 in Conference USA play, clinching the East Division title—the only loss over that span came at SEC Kentucky.

Middle Tennessee then lost the C-USA championship game to UAB 27-25 but nonetheless is playing in a bowl for the fourth straight season.

The Raiders trailed the Blazers in that conference title tilt 24-13, rallied to take a 25-24 lead in the fourth quarter but gave up a field goal and could not answer.

Middle Tennessee outgained UAB 456-365. The Blue Raiders outgained each of their last five opponents and outrushed four of their last six foes, going 5-1 ATS along the way.

Middle Tennessee is also 4-1 ATS its last five times out as an underdog.

Why the Appalachian State Mountaineers can cover the spread

Appalachian State opened this season with an overtime loss at Penn State then won nine of its last 10 games, most in blowout fashion, to finish 7-1 in conference play and claim the SBC East crown.

The Mountaineers then held off UL-Lafayette 30-19 to win its third straight conference championship.

Appalachian State is playing in a bowl for the fourth straight season.

The Mountaineers actually got outgained by the Ragin’ Cajuns in that conference title tilt 301-300, but they’ve still outgained eight of their last 10 opponents and outrushed nine of those last 10 foes, going 6-4 ATS along the way.

Appalachian State was favored by double digits in every game this season except that loss to the Nittany Lions, going 7-4 ATS as a favorite, 3-2 ATS at minus-14 or less.

Appalachian State is playing this bowl without head coach Scott Satterfield, who bolted for the job at Louisville, but that’s not necessarily a detriment to success here.

Ultimately, the Mountaineers own the better running game and the better defense, and that should be enough. The smart money gives the points with Appalachian State.

College football betting trends

The total has gone under in four of Middle Tennessee’s last five games at home.

Appalachian State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games on the road.

Appalachian State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games.

All college football odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report’s official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week’s top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.

Georgia Southern vs Eastern Michigan

Georgia Southern vs Eastern Michigan :The Eastern Michigan Eagles travel down to Montgomery, Alabama where they will face the Georgia Southern Eagles in the Camellia Bowl. This is the first appearance in this bowl for either team. This is the third Division 1A bowl for the Eastern Michigan Eagles and this is their second in three years. They have a 1 and 1 record in those bowl games. They also went to the Pioneer Bowl when they played in the NAIA and they lost that game. This is the second bowl appearance for the Georgia Southern Eagles. Their first bowl game was the GoDaddy Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons in 2015, they won by a score of 58 to 27.

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Georgia Southern is in their first full year Chad Lunsford. He took over as interim coach after the previous coach lost the first six games. His record was 2 and 4 for the rest of that season. Currently, Georgia Southern has nine wins and three losses and is 6 and 2 in the conference. They joined the Sun Belt Conference after jumping up to the FBS level in football. They are 33 and 27 at the FBS Level and in their first year won the Sun Belt Championship by going undefeated in the conference. They had to wait a year before their first bowl game though.

Coach Chris Creighton having an argument with the Side Judge.
Kenneth Bailey

Eastern Michigan is in their fifth year under Chris Creighton. He has put Eastern Michigan in its best position in a long time. He is currently 22 and 39 at Eastern Michigan with seven wins and five losses this year. This is the second time he has reached seven wins at Eastern Michigan.

The Camellia Bowl is in its fifth year in its current iteration and is played at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Currently, it matches someone from the Mid American Conference against someone from the Sun Belt. The Mid-American Conference is One and Two because it did not send a representative last year. The lone MAC win was by Bowling Green over South Alabama in 2014.

NCAA Football: Appalachian State at Georgia SouthernAdam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

So what can we expect? Georgia Southern typically runs an option offense. I’m not sure if it as good as the offense that Eastern Michigan faced when they played Army but it seems that it gave them fits. The Georgia Southern offense is run by quarterback Shai Werts who has a 59% completion percentage but he only throws for about 80 yards per game. He also averages about 69 yards on the ground. Overall, the passing game averages about 82 yards per game with no interceptions. The rushing attack is a different story, it averages about 260 yards per game which seems low for a typical option game. Their leading rusher is Wesley Fields with about 87 yards per game. On average, they score 31 points per game.

Maxx Crosby on the sideline.
Kenneth Bailey

They are facing a very aggressive defense led by Maxx Crosby. The Eastern Michigan defense gives up about 192 yards on the ground but really shines against the pass by only giving up 160 yards in the air. Much of that comes from the 13 interceptions and 26 sacks. They also have a fair number of tackles for loss. Eastern Michigan holds their opponents to an average of 22 points per game. If Eastern Michigan’s defense can stay disciplined, they should be able to neutralize the option.

Tyler Wiegers in a rare running play.
Kenneth Bailey

The Eastern Michigan offense is led by Tyler Wiegers who has about a 64% completion rating. He’s pretty good at throwing the ball but he’s not a particularly good runner. I am not sure if we will see Mike Glass in the game, but if we do, he will add a nice wrinkle that the offense could use. The Eastern Michigan ground game is led by Shaq Vann with 53 yards per game but there is also Ian Eriksen and Willie Parker for different looks. Overall, the ground game nets about 150 yards per game. With an additional 228 yards in the air, Eastern Michigan can be a pretty potent offense and on average will score 27 points per game.

The Georgia Southern offense allows about 144 yards on the ground and 217 in the air. Their leading tackler is Joshua Moon. Their sack leader is Logan Hunt with five and their next sack leader is Raymond Johnson with 4.5. Overall, they have 25 sacks and 15 interceptions. They give up about 21 points per game.

So what does all of this mean? On paper these look like two very evenly matched teams. Georgia Southern has a field goal advantage on offense but both teams are equally stingy on defense. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the games I’ve watched this year, when Eastern Michigan is faced with a team with a predominantly running quarterback, their defense does not match up well. I don’t think the Georgia Southern option is as good as the Army option, so there’s that. So I think this game is going to be won by the team that gets the breaks. If Eastern Michigan can force Georgia Southern to take to the air, I think Eastern Michigan will win. If that doesn’t happen, it might be a long game for the Men from Ypsilanti. But we’ll see. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Arizona State vs Fresno State

Arizona State vs Fresno State :College football’s bowl season kicks off today with a handful of games, including one right here in Las Vegas. Coverschecks in on the action and line movement for all those contests, with insights from Derek Wilkinson, supervisor at The SuperBook at Westgate,

Las Vegas Bowl
Arizona State Sun Devils vs. No. 21 Fresno State Bulldogs – Open: -4.5; Move: -4; Move: -4.5; Move: -5; Move: -6

Fresno State went 10-1 SU and 8-3 ATS over its last 11 games to earn a spot in this 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The Bulldogs (11-2 SU, 9-4 ATS) capped their run with a 19-16 overtime victory at Boise State as 1.5-point underdogs in the Mountain West Conference championship game.

Arizona State, in its first year under coach Herm Edwards, won four of its last five games to become bowl-eligible. The Sun Devils (7-5 SU and ATS) edged Arizona 41-40 as 1.5-point road favorites in the regular-season finale.

“We have quite a bit of action on that game, and we are heavy on Freson State,” Wilkinson said. “There was sharp money on Fresno, and we’ve got pretty big five-figure liability on the Bulldogs. We’ll definitely be rooting for Arizona State.”

Cure Bowl
Tulane Green Wave vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns – Open: +3.5; Move: +3; Move: +3.5; Move: +3

Tulane squeaked out a victory in its regular-season finale to become bowl-eligible at 6-6 SU (5-7 ATS). The Green Wave let all of a 21-3 lead slip away against Navy, falling behind 28-21, but got a late touchdown and went for the 2-point conversion, winning 29-28 as 5-point home faves.

Louisiana-Lafayette finished just above .500 at 7-6 SU (9-4 ATS) and reached the Sun Belt Conference final. In that contest, the Ragin’ Cajuns lost to Appalachian State 30-19, but cashed as 17.5-point road pups.

“We took one sharp bet at ULL +3.5, which brought the line down a little bit,” Wilkinson said of the day’s first game, a 1:30 p.m. ET start. “I don’t expect we’ll move off of 3. Our liability is on ULL. We need Tulane, but not for much.”

New Mexico Bowl
North Texas Mean Green vs. No. 21 Utah State Aggies – Open: -9.5; Move: -10; Move: -9.5; Move: -9; Move: -8; Move: -7.5; Move: -7

Utah State lost its season opener, then won 10 in a row (8-2 ATS) and had a shot to reach the Mountain West title game. However, the Aggies (10-2 SU, 9-3 ATS) came up short at Boise State in the regular-season finale, 33-24 as 2.5-point pups.

North Texas won six of its first seven games (4-3 ATS), then went 3-2 in its last five, failing to cover in all five contests. In the regular-season closer, the Mean Green (9-3 SU, 4-8 ATS) were laying 25 points at Texas-San Antonio and escaped with a 24-21 victory.

Despite the line tightening, The SuperBook expects to be a Mean Green fan in this 2 p.m. ET matchup.

“We’ve got a decent amount of action on this game, but it’s split both ways,” Wilkinson said. “Most of the wiseguy action, all the limit bets, are on North Texas. We took two significant bets from guys we really respect, at +9.5 and +8. All the public money is on Utah State. We need North Texas for a small amount, and we always like to be on the same side as the sharps.”

Camellia Bowl
Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Georgia Southern Eagles – Open: +1; Move: Pick; Move: -1; Move; -1.5; Move: -2.5; Move: -2; Move: -2.5; Move: -3; Move: -3.5; Move: -3; Move: -3.5; Move: -3

Georgia Southern put together a solid 9-3 SU and ATS season to earn a bowl bid. In the regular-season closer, Georgia Southern rolled over Georgia State 35-14 laying 10 points on the road.

Eastern Michigan won its last three games to claim a postseason berth. EMU (7-5 SU and ATS) wrapped up the regular season with a 28-20 win at Kent State giving 12.5 points.

“We actually have a lot of action on this game, a lot of money on Georgia Southern,” Wilkinson said of the 5:30 p.m. ET start. “We have slightly more action on that game right now than on the Las Vegas Bowl.”

Georgia Southern drew money at several points — +1, -1.5, -2, -2.5 – including some sharp play and some larger four-figure wagers.

“The only significant bet on Eastern Michigan was from a house player at +3,” Wilkinson said. “We’re definitely gonna be rooting for Eastern Michigan.”

New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. Appalachian State – Open: -7.5; Move: -7; Move: -6.5; Move: -7; Move: -6.5; Move: -7; Move: -6.5; Move: -7

Sun Belt champion Appalachian State won 10 of its final 11 games, after taking Penn State to overtime in its season opener. The Mountaineers (10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS) beat Louisiana-Lafayette 30-19 as 17.5-point favorites in the conference title game.

Middle Tennessee went on a 5-1 SU and ATS run to cap the regular season, then stubbed its toe in the Conference USA title tilt. The Blue Raiders (8-5 SU and ATS) lost to Alabama-Birmingham 27-25 as 1.5-point home faves.

“Most of our liability is on Middle Tennessee State,” Wilkinson said of this 9 p.m. ET clash. “We got three $5,000 bets on Appalachian State -6.5 from house players, but we took $22,000 on Middle Tennessee from a house player, too.”

Utah State vs North Texas

Utah State vs North Texas :The first day of college football bowl season is finally here, and it will feature six games throughout the course of the day.

In the 2018 New Mexico Bowl, Utah State will take on North Texas in the second bowl game of the postseason. The last time the Aggies won a bowl game was the 2014 New Mexico Bowl, and they will hope to break their two-bowl-game losing streak this year with another win in Albuquerque.

North Texas only has two bowl wins in the program’s history, with one coming in 2002 and the other in 2013. The Mean Green are also on a two-bowl-game losing streak, which they will fight to break in one of their biggest bowl matchups yet.

Here’s a look at the important information surrounding the game tomorrow, odds, a preview and predictions for the game.

The Utah State Aggies and the North Texas Mean Green will duke it out in an evenly matched battle when they meet at the Dreamstyle Stadium.

Utah State played consistently throughout the season, going 10-2 with the only two losses coming at the beginning and end of the season.

The Aggies also fell to ranked opponents in both of those matchups. They opened the season against Michigan State, holding their own and only losing by seven points, 38-31. After climbing up through the rankings by putting up huge numbers on the scoreboard all season, then-No. 14 Utah State fell to then-No. 21 Boise State, ruining the former’s shot at a Mountain West Title.

Aggies quarterback Jordan Love ended the season with veteran numbers during Utah State’s 10-game winning streak. The sophomore threw for 3,208 yards and 28 touchdowns, boasting a completion percentage of 65.8.

However, the quarterback showed his age in his lack of consistency—in a string of games towards the end of the season, he alternated between averaging 100 or so yards and one touchdown to over 300 yards and three or more touchdowns.

Darwin Thompson leads the team on the ground with 951 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, while senior Ron’quavion Tarver ranks first at wideout with 676 yards and seven touchdowns.

Similar to Utah State, North Texas was able to keep the majority of their opponents to low-scoring games. The first four games of the season saw the Mean Green scoring upwards of 40 points a game and opponents scoring from a low of seven points to a high of 23.

That being said, North Texas had three losses compared to the Aggies’ two and faced a less-loaded schedule—they didn’t take on any ranked teams throughout the regular season.

North Texas’ quarterback boasts similar numbers to those of Love. With 3,734 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns and a completion rate hovering just under 65 percent, junior Mason Fine only has one year on Love.

The Mean Green’s top running back—DeAndre Torrey—has rushed for 942 yards and 14 touchdowns, making it seem as though he’ll go head-to-head with Thompson. Receiver Rico Bussey Jr. has caught 12 touchdowns and 1,017 yards on 68 receptions, trumping Tarver’s wideout stats.

Both teams seem to be evenly matched on the surface. They have quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers with similar stats. Both teams also haven’t been totally consistent, with Love putting up inconsistent numbers towards the end of the season and North Texas not reliably putting points on the board.

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New Mexico Bowl Prediction and Preview: North Texas vs. Utah State

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However, the difference lies in their schedule intensity, and that could play a role on the outcome of the game.

While Utah State took on teams like Michigan State and Boise State, North Texas played teams like Arkansas, Liberty, Rice and Florida Atlantic, to name a few. While these schools have the ability to play quality football, they are not Top 25 teams and are not comparable to the likes of Michigan State.

That being said, with a slightly more experienced team and a quality connection between Fine at quarterback and Bussey at wideout, the Mean Green may have the ability to keep the game tight, However, in the end, the Aggies will come out on top thanks to their strong offense and even stronger defense.

Tulane vs Louisiana

Tulane vs Louisiana :There’s one part of the Tulane bowl experience that will be like some of the other games the Green Wave have played away from home.

On Friday, the team will have a walkthrough at Camping World Stadium.

This is something relatively new for Tulane in its third season with Willie Fritz as coach. In the first two seasons, Tulane typically did not have a walkthrough while on the road. But, tired of losing away from home, that changed this season.

The first such walkthrough took place before the Oct. 27 game at Tulsa. Tulane won that game, and that began a stretch of four wins in five games that clinched a bowl berth and ultimately sent the Green Wave to face Louisiana-Lafayette in the Cure Bowl.

So, the walkthrough this time will occur Friday. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m. Central time Saturday on CBS Sports Network.

Once game-time comes, there will be some key things to watch for. Here are three of them:

1. Can Tulane slow Louisiana-Lafayette’s rushing attack?

The Ragin’ Cajuns have three running backs that combine to average more than 216 rushing yards per game this season. Tops among them is former Shaw standout Trey Ragas, a hard-charging sophomore with 1,141 and eight rushing touchdowns.

ULL coach Billy Napier credited those running backs Thursday for their unselfish play.

“No jealousy,” he said in reference to Ragas, Elijah Mitchell and Raymond Calais.

When one player has a big game, the other two are happy for him.

Having more than one capable back could be the biggest challenge for the Tulane defense. The Green Wave rank second in the American Athletic Conference against the run, with the best run-stopping ability coming in conference play.

Linebacker Zachery Harris is a Holy Cross product who leads the team in tackles with 87 and is second in tackles for loss with 10.5. Patrick Johnson is the team’s top pass rusher with 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.

“That’s a game that a defense like ours looks forward to and loves to play,” Harris said. “We like the physicality of our run defense and stopping the run.”

2. Will the offense pick up the pace?

Tulane made a somewhat unexpected move by changing offensive coordinators immediately after the regular season.

With new coordinator Will Hall in place of the dismissed Doug Ruse, Fritz said he wanted to see his offense have an ability to play with a quicker pace.

The team worked in recent practices on using shorter play calls so they play with a faster tempo. This won’t be something the Green Wave does on an every-play basis against ULL, but it will be something to watch for.

Hall will not call plays against ULL. That duty goes to offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Alex Atkins. Hall will be on the sideline coaching, however. In the spring, he’ll more fully implement the quicker paced offense like what he ran during his 14 seasons of play-calling experience.

The Green Wave otherwise has clicked with former LSU quarterback Justin McMillan as the starter. Tulane has won four of the five games with him in the starting position. He’s not the only reason for the team’s success. Running backs Darius Bradwell and Cory Dauphine also have shared the load out of the backfield.

Also, wideout Darnell Mooney has been good for a handful of big plays, scoring on multiple slant patterns that turn into big gains when opposing defenses put a focus on stopping the run.

3. Which team can stay on a roll?

Tulane is not the only team here to have a strong finish. ULL won the last three regular season games to reach the inaugural Sun Belt championship game.

The Cajuns had a similar start to Tulane with a 1-3 record that included lopsided losses at Mississippi State and Alabama. They since turned around their season, losing only against conference front-runners Appalachian State and Troy.

Napier is a first-year head coach at ULL. He spent four seasons at Alabama coaching wide receivers before the 2017 season at Arizona State as offensive coordinator.

He spoke Thursday about his team’s ability to stay focused on getting better through the course of the season. That’s something Tulane certainly did after its 2-5 start that included a loss at Ohio State and three other losses in games where the Green Wave had the ball in the fourth quarter with a lead or while tied.

With nine fifth-year seniors who spent their entire college careers at Tulane, this first-time bowl experience will be sweeter for them if it ends with a win.

Fielding vs Alvarez

Fielding vs Alvarez : On Saturday at Madison Square Garden, WBC and WBA Super World Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will look to add another title to his trophy case. Alvarez is stepping up to the super middleweight division to challenge WBA Regular Champion Rocky Fielding.

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Alvarez is giving up a ton of height and natural size to Fielding. The 31-year-old from Liverpool stands 6’1″ and possesses a 75″ reach. Alvarez (5’9″ and 70″) is giving up four inches in height and five in the reach department.

The length challenges haven’t had much of an impact on oddsmakers. Per OddsShark, Alvarez is a minus-1600 favorite and Fielding is a plus-800 underdog. Fielding is 27-1 in his career with just 15 KOs. That relatively low KO rate is one of the reasons most don’t give him much of a chance to defeat Alvarez.

However, Alvarez, who is 50-1-2 with 34 KO, hasn’t been finishing opponents at the clip he once did earlier in his career. In fact, he hasn’t scored a stoppage win since September 2016 when he finished Liam Smith (the only man to beat Fielding) via ninth-round KO.

When you mix all of those stats, history and physical perspective in a pot, oddsmakers have come up with the following prop bets for those looking for options beyond the simple win-lose wagers, per bettingsite.org.

Clearly, the most attractive odds are on Alvarez winning by stoppage. It would make sense, but you may have some folks who will favor Alvarez winning by decision. Those odds are next up, and it’s almost what I’m inclined to recommend.

Fielding’s size probably won’t be enough to make up for the speed and skill advantages that Alvarez enjoys, but it could be just enough to allow him to survive 12 rounds. The longshots are essentially any kind of Fielding win or a draw.

Interestingly enough, the longest odds are on a Fielding decision win and a draw. Chances are, the unlikelihood of Fielding winning by a decision are based on Alvarez’s superior boxing skill. Also, it figures to be near impossible for Fielding to earn the nod from the judges in a close battle.

He has to blow Alvarez out, drop and/or finish him to win this fight. Not many give him much of a chance to get that done.

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