2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl: Statistical breakdown between UNLV, North Texas

Ethan Miller

A statistical breakdown between UNLV and North Texas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

UNLV is in their first bowl game since the 2000 Las Vegas Bowl and North Texas is back in the post season for the first time since 2004, so each team is looking for a good post season showing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. When looking at the advanced stats between each team it does make sense to see why North Texas is a 6.5-point favorite over UNLV.

The biggest difference between the two is the special teams  and defense where North Texas has a huge advantage, but on offense the two teams are fairly even. North Texas' defense is borderline elite as they are No. 28 in F/+ defensive ratings. Even with North Texas being rated that high the UNLV offense should be able to have some success moving the ball.

The only area where UNLV looks to have an edge is in long drives of 10 or more plays where they are ninth in the nation and they are good at avoiding being sacked on standard downs, but that may be more due to the Rebels handing the ball off to Tim Cornett instead of passing.

One can get lost in this stats as this is a ton of information from Football Outsiders or Football Study Guide and it is a great way to go way deep between these two teams

*Click the links above to get a description of what these stats mean.
Team Record BCS F/+ Rk Line Off F/+ Rk Def F/+ Rk ST F/+ Rk
UNLV 7-5 NR 95 84 87 118
North Texas 8-4 NR 49 -6.5 81 28 19
Std. Downs S&P+ Pass. Downs S&P+ Rushing S&P+ Passing S&P+ First Down Rate Explosive Drives Methodical Drives
UNLV Offense 90 85 100 70 62 44 9
UNT Defense 50 39 25 74 17 28 40
Adj. Line Yards Opportunity Rate Power Success Rate Stuff Rate Adj. Sack Rate Std. Downs Sack Rate Pass. Downs Sack Rate
UNLV Offense 98 101 65 83 49 5 84
UNT Defense 44 12 20 35 55 37 91
Std. Downs S&P+ Pass. Downs S&P+ Rushing S&P+ Passing S&P+ First Down Rate Explosive Drives Methodical Drives
UNT Offense 63 75 85 61 55 71 80
UNLV Defense 97 63 102 66 96 99 111
Adj. Line Yards Opportunity Rate Power Success Rate Stuff Rate Adj. Sack Rate Std. Downs Sack Rate Pass. Downs Sack Rate
UNT Offense 100 97 25 70 8 11 19
UNLV Defense 95 83 56 104 79 124 12
Field Position Adv. FG Efficiency Punt Efficiency Kickoff Efficiency Punt Return Efficiency Kick Return Efficiency
UNLV Special Teams 85 120 113 119 43 33
UNT Special Teams 13 116 43 45 1 36

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