Louisiana Tech at UTEP College Football Picks & Predictions 11/18/2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs travel to Sun Bowl to take on the UTEP Miners on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The opening line for this game has Louisiana Tech as 17 point favorites. The Bulldogs have an ATS record of 4-6-0 while their over/under record is 5-5-0. The Miners have an over/under record of 4-6-0 and they are 2-8-0 against the spread.
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Valuable Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 5-5-0 against the over/under
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 4-6-0 against the spread
Important UTEP Miners Betting Trends
The UTEP Miners are 4-6-0 against the over/under
The UTEP Miners are 2-8-0 against the spread
Key Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Injuries
11/12/17 LB Brandon Durman Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/12/17 WR Marcus Gaines Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
11/01/17 WR Alfred Smith Undisclosed is out for season
11/01/17 OL Drew Melancon Undisclosed is out for season
11/01/17 CB Ephraim Kitchen Undisclosed is out for season
11/01/17 DB Michael Sam Undisclosed is out for season
11/01/17 DB Reggie Cleveland Undisclosed is out for season
Key UTEP Miners Injuries
11/12/17 RB Quadraiz Wadley Collarbone is "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
09/12/17 WR Alan Busey Shoulder out for season
09/12/17 OL Greg Long Leg out for season
09/12/17 LB Jayson VanHook Shoulder out for season
09/12/17 DB Khalil Rashaad-Brown Achilles out for season
09/01/17 DL Chris Richardson Eligibility out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 65th in Division 1 in points scored with 283. They have run 715 plays this season for 4,042 yards, which ranks them 47th in the nation in total offense. The Bulldogs average 5.7 yards per play, which is 63rd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 216 1st downs this year, placing them 43rd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Louisiana Tech has run for 1,565 yards as a team, which ranks 73rd in the country. They've run 371 times, averaging 4.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bulldogs have been penalized on offense 45 times for 377 yards so far this season, which has them 112th in the nation in penalties. J'Mar Smith has thrown for 2,454 yards this season. He has completed 192 passes on 337 attempts for a completion percentage of 57%. His quarterback rating this year is 126.5. He averages 7.3 yards per pass attempt and 7.4 adjusted yards per throw.
Louisiana Tech is 85th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 293. They have surrendered a total of 4,128 yards on D, which is 82nd in Division 1. The Bulldogs are ranked 88th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses have completed 198 passes on 331 attempts against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defense this season, placing them 94th and 97th in the country. The Louisiana Tech pass defense has also given up a total of 2,252 yards through the air, which is 70th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 368 attempts for 1,876 yards this year, putting them in 91st place in D-1 against the run. The Bulldogs have committed 49 penalties for 388 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 12th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Louisiana Tech is ranked 98th in the nation in punt returns with 11. They've accumulated 103 punt return yards and average 9.4 yards per return, which is 37th in college football. They have returned 23 kicks for 473 yards on special teams, ranking 99th in kick return yardage. The Bulldogs average 21 yards per kick return and they are 74th in the country in all-purpose yards with 4,618. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have attempted 27 field goals this season and made 20, which is 4th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 74%. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs kickers have made 91% of their extra points, going 29 for 32 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,711 yards on 46 punts, averaging 37 yards per punt. That places them 125th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Miners have run for 882 yards as a team, which ranks 127th in the nation. They've run 280 times, averaging 3.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Miners have been penalized on offense 54 times for 500 yards so far this year, which has them 91st in the country in penalties. They are 129th in Division 1 in points scored with 113. They have run 565 plays this year for 2,148 yards, which ranks them 122nd in the nation in total offense. The UTEP Miners average 3.8 yards per play, which is 129th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 118 1st downs this season, ranking them 129th overall as an offensive unit. Zack Greenlee has completed 61 throws while attempting 124 passes for a completion percentage of 49.2%. He has passed for 652 yards this year. He averages 4.3 adjusted yards per throw and 5.3 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 94.9.
The UTEP Miners rush defense has given up 423 attempts for 2,300 yards this season, putting them in 120th place in the country against the run. They have had 66 penalties for 583 yards on defense this year. That places them 82nd in Division 1. UTEP is 120th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 371. They have given up a total of 4,485 yards on D, which is 109th in the nation. The Miners are 108th in yards per play allowed with 6.3. Opponent offenses have completed 185 throws on 286 attempts against the UTEP defense this season, ranking them 73rd and 34th in the country. The UTEP Miners pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,185 yards in the air, which is 65th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The UTEP Miners have tried 6 field goals this year and made 3, which is 128th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 50%. UTEP kickers have made 93% of their extra points, going 14 for 15 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,025 yards on 69 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That ranks them 23rd in the NCAA in punting average. UTEP is 91st in the country in punt returns with 12. They've totaled 54 punt return yards and average 4.5 yards per return, which is 110th in D-1. They have returned 32 kicks for 670 yards on special teams, which puts them 40th in kick return yardage. The Miners average 21 yards per kick return and they are 129th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,872.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Miners college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bulldogs -17
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