Saturday, September 24, 2016
Johnny Red Floyd Stadium
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Johnny Red Floyd Stadium. The opening line for this game has MTSU as 4 point favorites. This season the Bulldogs are 1-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Blue Raiders have an over/under record of 1-2-0 and they are 2-1-0 against the spread.
Ryan Higgins finished with 311 yards through the air for Louisiana Tech last week. He completed 20 passes out of 32 attempts for a 63% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led in rushing by Jarred Craft, who finished with 151 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Trent Taylor was the team leader in receiving with a total of 166 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 24 yards per reception. As a team in that game Louisiana Tech got a total of 27 first downs. Of those first downs, 16 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 68 total plays for 572 yards for the game. The Bulldogs ran for 261 yards on 36 attempts.
Brent Stockstill finished with 278 yards passing for Middle Tennessee State last week. He went 18 for 30, resulting in a 60% completion percentage. The Blue Raiders were led on the ground by I'Tavius Mathers, who finished with 157 yards on 27 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. I'Tavius Mathers led the team in receiving with 103 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 26 yards per reception. Middle Tennessee State had 20 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 8 came from a pass. They ran 67 total plays for 436 yards for the contest. The Blue Raiders ran for 158 yards on 37 carries as a team.
Louisiana Tech scores 39.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 34th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 26.7 passes on 41 attempts for a 65 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 347 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 12th in college football. The Bulldogs run for an average of 183 yards per game on 29.7 attempts for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 60th in the nation. They also run 70.7 plays per contest and average 7.5 yards per play for an average of 530 yards per game, ranking their offense 17th overall this season. The Bulldogs average 25.7 first downs per game which ranks them 26th in the country. They accumulate 57 penalty yards per game via 5.7 penalties, which ranks 68th in the nation.
Louisiana Tech allows 266 passing yards per game, ranking 102nd in D-1, and they allow 34.7 points per contest on defense, which ranks 105th. They give up 20 completions on 32 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 62.5. The Bulldogs allow 153.3 rushing yards per game on 40 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 74th in the country. Louisiana Tech allows 419.3 total yards per game including 5.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 91st in terms of yards per game. They force 0.7 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6 penalties for 51.7 yards per game, ranking them 45th among D-1 teams.
Middle Tennessee State averages 40 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 32nd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 32 passes per game on 49.3 attempts for a 64.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 370.7 yards through the air per game, ranking them 6th in Division 1. The Blue Raiders run for an average of 169 yards per game on 32 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 70th on the ground. They also run 81.3 plays per game and average 6.6 yards per play for a total of 539.7 yards per game, ranking them 13th in the country on offense. The Blue Raiders get an average of 26.7 first downs per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. They average 71.7 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, ranking them 31st in college football.
Middle Tennessee State allows an average of 98.7 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 4th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 22.7 points per contest, which has them ranked 55th in the nation. They give up 14 completions on 28 attempts for a completion percentage of 50 per game. The Blue Raiders allow 209 rushing yards per contest on 44.3 carries for a 4.7 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 103rd in the country. Middle Tennessee State allows 307.7 total yards per game for an average of 4.3 yards per play, which ranks 28th in D-1. They force 2 turnovers per contest and 6 penalties for 49.7 yards in each contest, ranking 37th in the nation.
Louisiana Tech Betting Trends
Louisiana Tech is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Tech has an ATS record of 1-2-0 this season
Middle Tennessee State Betting Trends
Middle Tennessee State is 1-2-0 against the over/under this season
Middle Tennessee State has an ATS record of 2-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/18/16 CB Ephraim Kitchen Groin "?" Saturday vs. Middle Tenn St
09/15/16 DT Courtney Wallace Foot out indefinitely
08/30/16 DB Jarrell Jackson Dismissed has left team
Middle Tennessee State
09/06/16 DE Chris Hale Knee out indefinitely
09/06/16 WR Demetrius Frazier Leg out for season
08/30/16 RB Shane Tucker Leg out for season
08/29/16 WR Jocquez Bruce Ankle out for season
08/19/16 WR Terry Pettis Leg out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Louisiana Tech
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