Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-8) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-5)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network HD
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles look for a road win at the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Not much needs to be said about Southern Mississippi that hasn't already been said because we can plainly see the team has problems based on their 0-8 record. Without going in to tremendous detail I think it's accurate to say the Golden Eagles have been struggling to both score and get stops. With those issues and Marshall taking the field the results were as expected with the Thundering Herd amassing 636 yards and 29 first downs in a 61-14 decision. USM trailed 35-10 entering the locker room and things didn't improve with no running game to move the chains and milk the clock to keep Rakeem Cato off the field. Nick Mullens did a creditable job throught the air by hitting on 24-48 for 323 yards with a TD and pick but he was a lone wolf without run support.
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This isn't the Louisiana Tech of a year ago and the numbers tell us that. The Bulldogs have a shot at the postseason if they can sweep their final four games but the team has not won back to back games in 2013. They have that opportunity Saturday following a 23-7 victory over Florida International in which a much maligned offense road 333 yards and a stiffling defense to an easy win. La Tech forced three giveaways and allowed a mere 197 yards while Kenneth Dixon rambled for 119 yards on 23 carries to earn offensive star of the game. Ryan Higgins threw the ball well enough with a 21-31 effort and a touchdown but a trio of interceptions really stick out. The defense bailed him out however with the Golden Panthers having trouble holding on to the ball as well.
I look at the big spread and say to myself that Louisiana Tech is not real good but do play solid defense which is probably the only reason to back them and I honestly don't know if they have it in them to cover the number...