UTSA vs Louisiana Tech Spread and Picks ATS 11/30/2019
Game: UTSA Roadrunners vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Louisiana Tech -19.5
Lowell Narcisse and the UTSA Roadrunners go to Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech opens this contest as 19.5-point favorites. The Roadrunners are 6-5-0 ATS and 5-4-2 when betting on the total. The Bulldogs are 5-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 7-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the UTSA Roadrunners played the Florida Atlantic Owls and took the defeat by a score of 40-26. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Roadrunners was Jordan Weeks who went 8/11 with 123 yards through the air and added 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Brenden Brady paced the team on the ground in the game. He tore off a long run of 24 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 86 yards on 15 carries which had him averaging 5.7 yards per tote. Zakhari Franklin was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 98 yards on 7 receptions. He notched an average of 14.0 yards per catch in the game. The Roadrunners ran the ball a total of 37 times and racked up a total of 197 yards giving them an average of 5.3 yards per run. Overall, they ran 67 plays which gave them a total of 406 yards. In the game, the Roadrunners got 20 first downs and they totaled 7 penalties for 74 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. In terms of defense, UTSA gave up 27 completions on 42 throws for a total of 336 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.3%. Against the run, the Roadrunners gave up 190 yards on 38 runs which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they gave up 526 yards and earned 1 takeaway.
The Roadrunners come into this game with a record of 4-7 for this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country with an average of 19.7 points per contest, ranking them 118th in the country. As a unit, they are averaging 167.5 yards on the ground per game which is 6th in Conference USA. For total yards, they are currently ranked 11th in C-USA and 111th in the country with 3,751 yards. The Roadrunners have one of the most lackluster defenses in D-1, allowing 33.3 points per game ranking them 12th in Conference USA. In regard to yards on the ground, UTSA is allowing 202.3 yards per contest which has them at 13th in the conference and 111th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.4 yards per rush putting them 13th in C-USA and 121st in Division 1 overall. In total, they have conceded 2,225 rushing yards through 11 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Roadrunners have allowed 1,909 yards. Opponents are completing 62.5% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.0 yards per attempt.
In their last game, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs went up against the UAB Blazers and took the defeat by a score of 20-14. Justin Henderson led the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 23 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 63 yards via 16 carries which meant he averaged 3.9 yards per run. Isaiah Graham led the team in receiving yardage by earning 42 yards on 2 catches. He averaged 21.0 yards per catch in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Bulldogs was Aaron Allen who went 16/34 with 173 yards through the air and added 2 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Bulldogs ran the football 31 times and added 97 yards which gave them an average of 3.1 yards per attempt. On the day, they ran 65 plays for 270 yards. For the contest, the Bulldogs had a total of 16 first downs and they had 8 penalties for 70 yards which shows us how undisciplined this team can be. When discussing the defense, Louisiana Tech gave up 12 completions on 23 attempts totaling 187 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.2%. For the game, they conceded a total of 353 yards and forced 1 takeaway. In the running game, the Bulldogs gave up 166 yards on 43 carries which gave them an average of 3.9 yards per attempt allowed.
The Bulldogs come into this matchup with a record of 8-3. Louisiana Tech is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 167.9 rushing yards per contest, which has them at 58th in D-1. As a unit, they have a total of 1,847 rushing yards through 11 contests, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Bulldogs average 440.3 yards per contest overall ranking them 39th in the country and 2nd in C-USA. The Bulldogs are conceding 23.4 points per game ranking them 4th in the conference and 41st in D-1. When talking about points given up, they have given up 257 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they are giving up 147.3 yards per contest which puts them at 56th in the nation and 8th in Conference USA. For this season, they have conceded 1,620 yards on the ground and 17.6 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road groups in the country. They are allowing 244.8 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bulldogs are ranked 11th in C-USA.
Who will win tonight's Roadrunners/Bulldogs college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bulldogs -19.5
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