Louisiana Tech at Rice College Football Picks & Predictions 10/28/2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs travel to Rice Stadium to take on the Rice Owls on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The opening line for this game has Louisiana Tech as 13 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 52. The Bulldogs have an ATS record of 3-4-0 while their over/under record is 3-4-0. The Owls have an over/under record of 2-4-1 and they are 2-5-0 against the spread.
Valuable Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 3-4-0 against the over/under
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 3-4-0 against the spread
Important Rice Owls Betting Trends
The Rice Owls are 2-4-1 against the over/under
The Rice Owls are 2-5-0 against the spread
Key Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Rice Owls Injuries
10/22/17 DT Carl Thompson Hip is "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
10/22/17 OL Cory Klingler Back is "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
10/22/17 CB V.J. Banks Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
09/27/17 DE Blain Padgett Shoulder out for season
09/13/17 WR Aston Walter Shoulder out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 75th in Division 1 in points scored with 195. They have run 479 plays this season for 2,798 yards, which ranks them 57th in the nation in total offense. The Bulldogs average 5.8 yards per play, which is 59th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 141 1st downs this year, placing them 86th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Louisiana Tech has run for 1,052 yards as a team, which ranks 86th in the country. They've run 246 times, averaging 4.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bulldogs have been penalized on offense 31 times for 257 yards so far this season, which has them 116th in the nation in penalties. J'Mar Smith has thrown for 1,723 yards this season. He has completed 125 passes on 226 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.3%. His quarterback rating this year is 129. He averages 7.6 yards per pass attempt and 7.6 adjusted yards per throw.
Louisiana Tech is 65th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 193. They have surrendered a total of 2,864 yards on D, which is 71st in Division 1. The Bulldogs are ranked 63rd in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opposing offenses have completed 154 passes on 260 attempts against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defense this season, placing them 102nd and 110th in the country. The Louisiana Tech pass defense has also given up a total of 1,633 yards through the air, which is 78th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 248 attempts for 1,231 yards this year, putting them in 76th place in D-1 against the run. The Bulldogs have committed 38 penalties for 272 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 14th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Louisiana Tech is ranked 72nd in the nation in punt returns with 10. They've accumulated 103 punt return yards and average 10.3 yards per return, which is 34th in college football. They have returned 18 kicks for 372 yards on special teams, ranking 75th in kick return yardage. The Bulldogs average 21 yards per kick return and they are 80th in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,273. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have attempted 19 field goals this season and made 14, which is 8th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 74%. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs kickers have made 86% of their extra points, going 19 for 22 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,331 yards on 35 punts, averaging 38 yards per punt. That places them 119th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Owls have run for 1,091 yards as a team, which ranks 77th in the nation. They've run 264 times, averaging 4.1 yards per rush as a unit. The Owls have been penalized on offense 30 times for 261 yards so far this year, which has them 120th in the country in penalties. They are 129th in Division 1 in points scored with 77. They have run 425 plays this year for 2,091 yards, which ranks them 120th in the nation in total offense. The Rice Owls average 4.9 yards per play, which is 114th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 113 1st downs this season, ranking them 119th overall as an offensive unit. Sam Glaesmann has completed 25 throws while attempting 54 passes for a completion percentage of 46.3%. He has passed for 313 yards this year. He averages 4 adjusted yards per throw and 5.8 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 96.1.
The Rice Owls rush defense has given up 268 attempts for 1,343 yards this season, putting them in 87th place in the country against the run. They have had 29 penalties for 240 yards on defense this year. That places them 5th in Division 1. Rice is 100th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 238. They have given up a total of 2,994 yards on D, which is 87th in the nation. The Owls are 116th in yards per play allowed with 6.5. Opponent offenses have completed 131 throws on 195 attempts against the Rice defense this season, ranking them 66th and 25th in the country. The Rice Owls pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,651 yards in the air, which is 82nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Rice Owls have tried 4 field goals this year and made 3, which is 123rd in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75%. Rice kickers have made 89% of their extra points, going 8 for 9 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,762 yards on 40 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That ranks them 25th in the NCAA in punting average. Rice is 74th in the country in punt returns with 10. They've totaled 89 punt return yards and average 8.9 yards per return, which is 45th in D-1. They have returned 22 kicks for 402 yards on special teams, which puts them 61st in kick return yardage. The Owls average 18 yards per kick return and they are 118th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,582.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bulldogs -13
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