Saturday, October 15, 2016
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the UMass Minutemen on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Gillette Stadium. The opening line for this game has Louisiana Tech as 16 point favorites. This season the Bulldogs are 3-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-2-0. The Minutemen have an over/under record of 2-4-0 and they are 3-3-0 against the spread.
Ryan Higgins finished with 454 yards through the air for Louisiana Tech last week. He completed 33 passes out of 45 attempts for a 73% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led in rushing by Jarred Craft, who finished with 78 yards on 14 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Carlos Henderson was the team leader in receiving with a total of 232 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 29 yards per reception. As a team in that game Louisiana Tech got a total of 26 first downs. Of those first downs, 7 came on the ground while 15 came through the air. They ran 72 total plays for 561 yards for the game. The Bulldogs ran for 107 yards on 27 attempts.
Andrew Ford finished with 189 yards passing for UMass last week. He went 11 for 21, resulting in a 52% completion percentage. The Minutemen were led on the ground by Marquis Young, who finished with 153 yards on 22 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Dan Jonah led the team in receiving with 83 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 42 yards per reception. UMass had 22 first downs total. 10 came from running the ball and 11 came from a pass. They ran 67 total plays for 396 yards for the contest. The Minutemen ran for 159 yards on 34 carries as a team.
Louisiana Tech scores 39.2 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 27th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 28 passes on 42.5 attempts for a 65.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 365 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 5th in college football. The Bulldogs run for an average of 161.8 yards per game on 29 attempts for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. That ranks them 76th in the nation. They also run 71.5 plays per contest and average 7.4 yards per play for an average of 526.8 yards per game, ranking their offense 13th overall this season. The Bulldogs average 26.2 first downs per game which ranks them 12th in the country. They accumulate 45.8 penalty yards per game via 4.5 penalties, which ranks 102nd in the nation.
Louisiana Tech allows 297.8 passing yards per game, ranking 120th in D-1, and they allow 33.5 points per contest on defense, which ranks 104th. They give up 24.7 completions on 37.7 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 65.5. The Bulldogs allow 145.2 rushing yards per game on 35.3 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 49th in the country. Louisiana Tech allows 443 total yards per game including 6.1 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 98th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.5 penalties for 50.5 yards per game, ranking them 47th among D-1 teams.
UMass averages 18.3 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 123rd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 17.3 passes per game on 31.8 attempts for a 54.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 209.2 yards through the air per game, ranking them 89th in Division 1. The Minutemen run for an average of 94.5 yards per game on 31.7 attempts for an average of 3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 125th on the ground. They also run 63.5 plays per game and average 4.8 yards per play for a total of 303.7 yards per game, ranking them 125th in the country on offense. The Minutemen get an average of 16.8 first downs per game, which ranks 120th in the nation. They average 54.8 penalty yards per game via 7.5 penalties, ranking them 69th in college football.
UMass allows an average of 223.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 62nd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 29.5 points per contest, which has them ranked 78th in the nation. They give up 19.5 completions on 32.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.3 per game. The Minutemen allow 208.3 rushing yards per contest on 43.7 carries for a 4.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 100th in the country. UMass allows 431.7 total yards per game for an average of 5.7 yards per play, which ranks 91st in D-1. They force 0.8 turnovers per contest and 7.2 penalties for 68.2 yards in each contest, ranking 115th in the nation.
Louisiana Tech Betting Trends
Louisiana Tech is 4-2-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Tech has an ATS record of 3-3-0 this season
UMass Betting Trends
UMass is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
UMass has an ATS record of 3-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/15/16 DT Courtney Wallace Foot out indefinitely
08/30/16 DB Jarrell Jackson Dismissed has left team
09/15/16 QB James Sosinski Personal has left team
Josh's Pick: Take Louisiana Tech
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