Louisiana Tech vs Marshall NCAA Football Tips 11/15/2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
J'Mar Smith and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are headed to Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Friday where they'll meet the Marshall Thundering Herd. The odds on this game have Marshall as 3-point favorites. The Bulldogs are 6-3-0 ATS and 5-4-0 when betting on the total. The Thundering Herd are 6-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-6-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs faced the North Texas Mean Green and ended up getting the victory by a score of 52-17. Justin Henderson paced the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 10 yards and he notched 2 touchdowns for the game. He racked up a total of 58 yards on 15 carries which had him averaging 3.9 yards per run. Adrian Hardy led the team in receiving yardage by earning 104 yards on 9 receptions. He earned an average of 11.6 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bulldogs was J'Mar Smith who went 21/38 with 263 yards through the air and added 1 touchdown. He gave away 1 pick in the game. The Bulldogs ended up running the ball 53 times and earned a total of 264 yards which had them averaging 5.0 yards per attempt. For the game, the Bulldogs racked up a total of 37 first downs and they totaled 7 infractions for 48 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. For the game, they ran 93 plays which gave them a total of 542 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Louisiana Tech allowed 23 catches on 35 tries totaling 265 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.7%. For this contest, they allowed a total of 342 yards and forced 3 turnovers. Against the run, the Bulldogs allowed 77 yards on 22 attempts which is an average of 3.5 yards per attempt allowed.
The Bulldogs come into this game with a record of 8-1 in 2019. For total yards, they are currently ranked 3rd in Conference USA and 25th in the nation with 4,312 yards. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 38.1 points per contest, putting them 13th in the nation. As a unit, they are averaging 187 rushing yards per contest which is 3rd in the conference. The Bulldogs have one of the average defenses in the nation, allowing 22.9 points per contest ranking them 3rd in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Bulldogs have conceded 2,629 yards. Opponents are completing 62.8% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.8 yards per try. In discussing yards on the ground, Louisiana Tech is giving up 140.6 yards per contest putting them 7th in the conference and 48th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.9 yards per carry which has them at 6th in C-USA and 48th in the country overall. In total, they have conceded 1,265 yards rushing through 9 games.
In their last outing, the Marshall Thundering Herd played the Rice Owls and won 20-7. Brenden Knox led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 26 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 130 yards by way of 27 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.8 yards per run. Armani Levias was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 96 yards on 7 catches. He had an average of 13.7 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Thundering Herd was Isaiah Green who went 17/22 with 269 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Thundering Herd ended up rushing 43 times and earned a total of 122 yards giving them an average of 2.8 yards per carry. In the game, they ran 65 plays for 391 yards. Overall, the Thundering Herd racked up 18 first downs and they totaled 7 penalties for 69 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. When it comes to their defensive performance, Marshall gave up 11 completions on 26 throws totaling 103 yards, and a completion percentage of 42.3%. Overall, they conceded 231 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover. On the ground, the Thundering Herd gave up 128 yards on 31 tries which gave them an average of 4.1 yards per carry allowed.
The Thundering Herd head into this matchup 6-3. Marshall is making teams fear their ground game this season by averaging 201.3 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 33rd in the nation. As a unit, they have a total of 1,812 yards rushing through 9 games, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Thundering Herd average 426 yards per game overall putting them 49th in the country and 4th in C-USA. The Thundering Herd are conceding 24 points per game ranking them 4th in Conference USA and 45th in college football. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in Division 1. They are conceding 237.1 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Thundering Herd are ranked 8th in C-USA. In discussing points given up, they have allowed 216 total points. In regard to rushing yards, they are giving up 134 yards per contest ranking them 37th in college football and 3rd in the conference. This season, they have conceded a total of 1,206 rushing yards and 16.2 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Thundering Herd college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd -3
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