SMU Mustangs vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Bulldogs (+14.5)
Joe Aillet Stadium is where the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-1) will compete against the SMU Mustangs (2-0) on Saturday. Louisiana Tech opens this contest as 14.5-point underdogs. The betting total is set at 64.
The SMU Mustangs come into this matchup with a record of 2-0 this season. In their last game, the Mustangs played against the North Texas Mean Green and notched a win by a score of 35-12. Ulysses Bentley IV was the rushing leader for the Mustangs with 10 carries for 141 yds (14.1 yards per attempt). Tanner Mordecai connected on 21/33 with 312 yds passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 170.9 and ended the game with 2 interceptions. When it came to stopping the run, the Mustangs conceded 122 yards on 41 tries, which is an average of 3.0 yds per run allowed. SMU relinquished 34 completions on 55 attempts for 384 yards, and a completion rate of 61.8%. Once the final whistle blew, they had 64 plays which gave them a total of 536 yds. The SMU Mustangs ran the football 31 times and compiled 225 yards, which had them averaging 7.3 yds per carry.
Concerning scoring points, the SMU Mustangs are averaging 45.5 PPG. As a unit they average 91.0 yards on the ground ranking them 102nd in D-1. The Mustangs have attained 501 total yards for the season. With reference to getting the ball in the endzone, SMU has compiled 7 passing touchdowns and 1 touchdown on the ground. SMU has 27 1st downs as a team, and they have committed 2 penalties for 10 yards.
The Mustangs rank 26th in D-1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, conceding 10.5 points per game. They are giving up an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt and 59.5 yards on the ground per game so far this year. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 119 rushing yards through 2 contests. In terms of passing yards, the Mustangs are allowing 213 yards which has them ranked 29th in D-1. They have conceded 106.5 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 41.7%. In total, they are allowing 166.0 yards per contest which has them ranked 25th in Division 1.
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The Bulldogs step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Bulldogs got the win with a final of 45-42 against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. Austin Kendall (1 touchdown) finished the game with 217 yards on 19/27 through the air while his quarterback rating was 142.7. He tossed 1 interception and his Y/A was 8.0. Marcus Williams Jr. carried the football 18 times for 99 yards, walking away from the game with 5.5 yds per carry for Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs finished the game with 450 yds while running 69 plays (6.5 yards per play). Louisiana Tech ran for 4.9 yards per tote, finishing with 200 yds on 41 attempts. Louisiana Tech conceded 27 rushing attempts for 99 yards (3.7 yds per rush). The Bulldogs pass defense gave up a completion rate of 74.6%, relinquishing 495 yards on 44 out of 59 passing.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have an average of 184.5 yards/contest, ranking them 122nd in D-1. The Louisiana Tech offense has accrued 36 yds of penalties on 7 infractions, which is 105th in the country in terms of helping out the opposition. For the season so far, the Bulldogs currently sit at 268 yards through the air along with holding an average of 134.0 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 106th in Division 1. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Bulldogs are ranking 28th in college football by tallying 39.5 points per game.
Louisiana Tech has given up a total of 65 yards via the ground game (32.5 yards/game) and 2 touchdowns rushing for the campaign. They have surrendered 3 touchdowns through the air and 185.0 yards/outing, ranking them 82nd in the country. The Bulldogs defense has been on the field for 66 plays, which has them ranked 26th in the country. The Bulldogs are giving up 38.5 PPG, which has them sitting 132nd in Division 1. In total, they have surrendered 77 total points.
Who will win tonight's Mustangs/Bulldogs college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bulldogs +14.5
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