Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Tulane Green Wave Free Pick - 9/12/13
Tulane Green Wave (1-1) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-1)
NCAAF Football: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs host the Tulane Green Wave at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday.
I was of the opinion that Tulane needed to start the year 2-0 to have a decent shot at making the postseason as their schedule will get tougher. Not to be, as South Alabama took a 31-19 lead at the break before a second half rally fell short when a game-tying two point conversion in the final minute misfired in a 41-39 decision. If I was asked for a reason for this loss, I would say the Green Wave didn't get stops on defense, with USA piling up 465 yards. I did like what I saw from Nick Montana (29-47/327), who tossed three touchdowns with Ryan Grant hauling in 14 balls for 187 yards and six. The issue was no rushing attack unless you count 45 yards on 27 tries.
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The first thing the average college football fan needs to know is Louisiana Tech is not the same scoring machine we saw in 2012, when points were as natural as breathing. The Bulldogs rebounded from a week one loss to upend sub-division Lamar 27-14. The defense did what they needed, with the Cardinals totaling 362 yards with a 62 yard scoring pass given up. The offense was impressive on the ground, with Tevin King rambling for 182 yards on only 20 totes, with La Tech amassing 273 rushing yards and averaging over seven yards per touch. Scotty Young managed the game perfectly, going 22-32 for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a short passing attack that kept the clock running and moved the chains.
After watching Tulane, I am not convinced the postseason is in their future, with their defense a cause for concern. Although the Bulldogs don't have the firepower of a year ago, I think they will score enough to win here but I'm not sure we see a cover...