Saturday, September 3, 2016
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The opening line for this game has Arkansas as 26 point favorites and the over/under was set at 55.5. Last season the Bulldogs were 7-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 8-5-0. The Razorbacks had an over/under record of 6-7-0 and they were 8-5-0 against the spread.
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Louisiana Tech scored 37.5 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 19th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 22.7 passes on 36.7 attempts for a 61.8 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 322.6 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 13th in college football. The Bulldogs ran for an average of 159.8 yards per game on 33.2 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That ranked them 82nd in the nation. They also ran 69.9 plays per contest and averaged 6.9 yards per play for an average of 482.5 yards per game, ranking their offense 21st overall last season. The Bulldogs averaged 23.8 first downs per game which ranked them 20th in the country. They accumulated 51 penalty yards per game via 5.5 penalties, which ranked 80th in the nation.
Louisiana Tech allowed 256.5 passing yards per game, ranking 101st in D-1, and they allowed 26.8 points per contest on defense, which ranked 61st. They gave up 22.2 completions on 37.2 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 59.7. The Bulldogs allowed 120.8 rushing yards per game on 33.8 carries for a 3.6 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 14th in the country. Louisiana Tech allowed 377.3 total yards per game including 5.3 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 49th in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.7 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.7 penalties for 59.3 yards per game, ranking them 90th among D-1 teams.
Arkansas averaged 35.9 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 27th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 18.9 passes per game on 28.8 attempts for a 65.8 percent completion percentage. They threw for 268.2 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 32nd in Division 1. The Razorbacks ran for an average of 198.3 yards per game on 39.3 attempts for an average of 5 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 33rd on the ground. They also ran 68.1 plays per game and averaged 6.9 yards per play for a total of 466.5 yards per game, ranking them 27th in the country on offense. The Razorbacks got an average of 23.4 first downs per game, which ranked 26th in the nation. They averaged 36.7 penalty yards per game via 4.2 penalties, ranking them 123rd in college football.
Arkansas allowed an average of 275.2 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 117th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 27.4 points per contest, which had them ranked 67th in the nation. They gave up 21.5 completions on 33.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.2 per game. The Razorbacks allowed 116.5 rushing yards per contest on 31 carries for a 3.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 11th in the country. Arkansas allowed 391.6 total yards per game for an average of 6.1 yards per play, which ranked 59th in D-1. They forced 1.3 turnovers per contest and 4.4 penalties for 33.9 yards in each contest, ranking 2nd in the nation.
Jeff Driskel finished his last game of last season with 458 yards through the air for Louisiana Tech. He completed 26 passes out of 38 attempts for a 68% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led in rushing by Boston Scott, who finished with 106 yards on 4 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 27 yards per carry. Trent Taylor was the team leader in receiving with a total of 149 yards and 10 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. As a team in that game Louisiana Tech got a total of 26 first downs by way of 9 rushing, 14 passing, and 3 by penalty. They ran 74 total plays for 687 yards for the game. The Bulldogs ran for 229 yards on 36 attempts.
Brandon Allen finished his last game of last season with 315 yards through the air for Arkansas. He completed 20 passes out of 26 attempts for a 77% completion percentage. The Razorbacks were led in rushing by Alex Collins, who finished with 185 yards on 23 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Hunter Henry was the team leader in receiving with a total of 92 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. Arkansas got a total of 30 first downs by way of 16 rushing, 14 passing, and 0 by penalty. They ran 68 total plays for 569 yards for the game. The Razorbacks ran for 254 yards on 42 attempts.
Louisiana Tech Betting Trends
Louisiana Tech were 8-5-0 against the over/under last season
Louisiana Tech had an ATS record of 7-6-0 last season
Arkansas Betting Trends
Arkansas were 6-7-0 against the over/under last season
Arkansas had an ATS record of 8-5-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/09/16 QB Ryan Higgins Disciplinary not expected to start Saturday vs. Arkansas
08/19/16 WR Dominique Reed Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
08/19/16 RB Kody Walker Foot "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
08/19/16 RB T.J. Hammonds Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Arkansas
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