Friday, November 25, 2016
M. M. Roberts Stadium
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on Friday, November 25, 2016 at M. M. Roberts Stadium. The opening line for this game has Louisiana Tech as 10 point favorites. This season the Bulldogs are 8-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 9-2-0. The Golden Eagles have an over/under record of 6-4-1 and they are 2-8-1 against the spread.
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Ryan Higgins finished with 253 yards through the air for Louisiana Tech last week. He completed 18 passes out of 30 attempts for a 60% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led in rushing by Jarred Craft, who finished with 120 yards on 24 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Carlos Henderson was the team leader in receiving with a total of 133 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. As a team in that game Louisiana Tech got a total of 30 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 11 came through the air. They ran 70 total plays for 479 yards for the game. The Bulldogs ran for 226 yards on 40 attempts.
Keon Howard finished with 135 yards passing for Southern Mississippi last week. He went 10 for 26, resulting in a 38% completion percentage. The Golden Eagles were led on the ground by Ito Smith, who finished with 113 yards on 19 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. Ito Smith led the team in receiving with 67 yards and 3 catches. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. Southern Mississippi had 19 first downs total. 9 came from running the ball and 6 came from a pass. They ran 71 total plays for 380 yards for the contest. The Golden Eagles ran for 198 yards on 44 carries as a team.
Louisiana Tech scores 45.8 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 2nd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 25.1 passes on 37 attempts for a 67.8 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 357.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 4th in college football. The Bulldogs run for an average of 183.7 yards per game on 31.3 attempts for an average of 5.9 yards per carry. That ranks them 59th in the nation. They also run 68.3 plays per contest and average 7.9 yards per play for an average of 541 yards per game, ranking their offense 4th overall this season. The Bulldogs average 25.9 first downs per game which ranks them 8th in the country. They accumulate 46.5 penalty yards per game via 4.7 penalties, which ranks 93rd in the nation.
Louisiana Tech allows 265.8 passing yards per game, ranking 106th in D-1, and they allow 29.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 75th. They give up 24.2 completions on 38 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63.6. The Bulldogs allow 129.8 rushing yards per game on 35.5 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 25th in the country. Louisiana Tech allows 395.6 total yards per game including 5.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 57th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.1 penalties for 56.5 yards per game, ranking them 79th among D-1 teams.
Southern Mississippi averages 32.7 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 46th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 21 passes per game on 36.6 attempts for a 57.3 percent completion percentage. They throw for 289.9 yards through the air per game, ranking them 23rd in Division 1. The Golden Eagles run for an average of 189.9 yards per game on 42.4 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 53rd on the ground. They also run 79 plays per game and average 6.1 yards per play for a total of 479.8 yards per game, ranking them 26th in the country on offense. The Golden Eagles get an average of 23.5 first downs per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation. They average 56.6 penalty yards per game via 6.8 penalties, ranking them 54th in college football.
Southern Mississippi allows an average of 175.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 9th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 30.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 82nd in the nation. They give up 12.7 completions on 22.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.8 per game. The Golden Eagles allow 166.5 rushing yards per contest on 32.8 carries for a 5.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 61st in the country. Southern Mississippi allows 342.2 total yards per game for an average of 6.2 yards per play, which ranks 20th in D-1. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and 6.6 penalties for 59.4 yards in each contest, ranking 92nd in the nation.
Louisiana Tech Betting Trends
Louisiana Tech is 9-2-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Tech has an ATS record of 8-3-0 this season
Southern Mississippi Betting Trends
Southern Mississippi is 6-4-1 against the over/under this season
Southern Mississippi has an ATS record of 2-8-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/28/16 WR Marcus Gaines Wrist out indefinitely
10/13/16 Backup RB Israel Tucker Knee out indefinitely
10/13/16 Backup RB Jaqwis Dancy Illness expected to redshirt
09/15/16 DT Courtney Wallace Foot expected to redshirt
08/30/16 DB Jarrell Jackson Dismissed has left team
11/20/16 QB Nick Mullens Concussion "?" Friday vs. Louisiana Tech
09/02/16 TE Taylor Marini Undisclosed out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Southern Mississippi
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