Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 10/25/14
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-3) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-4)
College Football: Saturday
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +9 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs head to M.M. Roberts Stadium to challenge the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs came on late to knock off shorthanded Texas-San Antonio 27-20 in a defensive struggle. The Roadrunners were victims of their own undoing with four turnovers and a 4-16 effort on third downs which negated much of their 324 yards. Louisiana Tech leaned heavily on their defense and were rewarded with a fumble return for a touchdown with the scoring being much needed with their own attack totaling 278 yards and struggling to keep drives alive. A 21 point third quarter erased a 13-6 deficit and is when La Tech had a stretch where they moved the chains. Kenneth Dixon gave the Bulldogs some valuable gains on the ground with 121 yards on 28 carries with a short scoring run while Cody Sokol hit 14-31 for 157 yards with a 19 yard scoring strike to Sterling Griffin that gave the Bulldogs a 20-1 lead.
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles avoided a three game slide with a 30-20 decision over visiting North Texas as a touchdown underdog. The Golden Eagles are improved from previous seasons with some better efforts on both sides of the ball. Both units were solid versus the Mean Green with 506 yards and 30 first downs with plenty of balance. On the flip side UNT was held to 395 yards with the visitors limited to under 23 minutes of possession. Ito Smith paced Southern Miss on the ground with 95 yards on 12 touches with George Payne adding 67 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Nick Mullens completed 27-41 for 305 yards with 19 yard and 40 yard scoring tosses to Casey Martin and Michael Thomas with two picks ruining a stellar game under center.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on turf with the over going 4-0 in the Bulldogs last 4 road games and 6-1 in Bulldogs last 7 games overall. For Southern Mississippi the under is 4-0 in Golden Eagles last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game while the over is 6-1 in Golden Eagles last 7 games following a S.U. win and is 6-1 in Golden Eagles last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. I think Southern Mississippi is improved enough to no be overlooked as they have in the last few years but I think Louisiana Tech is a solid team despite the struggles last week...