Louisiana Tech at South Alabama College Football Picks and Predictions 9/1/2018
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Ladd Peebles Stadium
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Ladd Peebles Stadium is the venue for the game between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Louisiana Tech as 10 point favorites. The Jaguars were 6-6-0 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 3-9-0. The Bulldogs were 7-6-0 ATS and their over/under record was 6-7-0.
Valuable Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were 6-7-0 against the over/under last season
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were 7-6-0 against the spread last year
Important South Alabama Jaguars Betting Trends
The South Alabama Jaguars were 3-9-0 against the over/under last season
The South Alabama Jaguars were 6-6-0 against the spread last year
Key Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Injuries
08/22/18 QB Elijah Walker Transferred has left team
Key South Alabama Jaguars Injuries
08/18/18 WR Malik Stanley Suspension is out indefinitely
08/15/18 DE Rocel McWilliams Achilles is out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ran for 2,243 yards as a team last year, which ranked 53rd in the nation. They ran 495 times, averaging 4.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Bulldogs were penalized on offense 61 times for 527 yards last year, which had them 108th in the country in penalties. They were 45th in Division 1 in points scored with 397. They ran 915 plays last year for 5,239 yards, which ranked them 61st in the nation in total offense. The Bulldogs averaged 5.7 yards per play, which was 60th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 281 1st downs last season, ranking them 44th overall as an offensive unit. J'Mar Smith completed 229 throws while attempting 409 passes for a completion percentage of 56% last year. He passed for 2,974 yards. He averaged 7.5 adjusted yards per throw and 7.3 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 127.5.
The Bulldogs rush defense gave up 489 attempts for 2,306 yards last season, putting them in 86th place in the country against the run. They had 69 penalties for 536 yards on defense last year. That placed them 18th in Division 1. Louisiana Tech was 60th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 330. They gave up a total of 5,038 yards on D, which was 75th in the nation. The Bulldogs were 61st in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opponent offenses completed 238 throws on 407 attempts against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defense last season, ranking them 75th and 76th in the country. The Louisiana Tech pass defense also surrendered a total of 2,731 yards in the air, which was 53rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs tried 33 field goals last year and made 25, which was 4th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 76%. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 43 for 46 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,057 yards on 55 punts, averaging 37 yards per punt. That ranked them 128th in the NCAA in punting average. Louisiana Tech was 95th in the country in punt returns with 14 last season. They totaled 94 punt return yards and averaged 6.7 yards per return, which was 76th in D-1. They returned 30 kicks for 668 yards on special teams, which put them 88th in kick return yardage. The Bulldogs averaged 22 yards per kick return and they were 59th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,001.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Jaguars were 118th in Division 1 in points scored with 238 last year. They ran 786 plays last season for 4,012 yards, which ranked them 69th in the nation in total offense. The South Alabama Jaguars averaged 5.1 yards per play, which was 112th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 214 1st downs last year, placing them 114th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground South Alabama ran for 1,168 yards as a team, which ranked 127th in the country. They ran 376 times, averaging 3.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Jaguars were penalized on offense 73 times for 679 yards last season, which had them 75th in the nation in penalties. Cole Garvin threw for 1,490 yards last season. He completed 122 passes on 232 attempts for a completion percentage of 52.6%. His quarterback rating last year was 110.5. He averaged 6.4 yards per pass attempt and 5.7 adjusted yards per throw.
South Alabama was 51st in the nation in points allowed on defense with 318 last season. They surrendered a total of 5,020 yards on D, which was 72nd in Division 1. The Jaguars were ranked 85th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses completed 262 passes on 421 attempts against the South Alabama defense last season, placing them 102nd and 83rd in the country. The South Alabama Jaguars pass defense also gave up a total of 3,191 yards through the air, which was 102nd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 430 attempts for 1,828 yards last year, putting them in 41st place in D-1 against the run. The Jaguars committed 65 penalties for 464 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 6th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
South Alabama was ranked 117th in the nation in punt returns with 8 last year. They accumulated 34 punt return yards and averaged 4.3 yards per return, which was 114th in college football. They returned 32 kicks for 612 yards on special teams, ranking 106th in kick return yardage. The South Alabama Jaguars averaged 19 yards per kick return and they were 122nd in the country in all-purpose yards with 4,657. The Jaguars attempted 19 field goals last season and made 16, which was 57th in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 84%. South Alabama kickers made 96% of their extra points, going 26 for 28 last year. Their punters totaled 3,196 yards on 71 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That placed them 7th in Division 1 in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Jaguars college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Jaguars +10
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