New Orleans Bowl--Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves - 12/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-3) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -2 -- Over/Under: 67 See the Latest Odds
Former conference rivals the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in the New Orleans Bowl.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves were expected to be a challenger in the Sun Belt and won it with an 8-0 conference mark. Plenty of offense at 41 points and 29 points allowed. The Red Wolves were weak versus the pass and okay versus the run but did a reasonable job of keeping opponents off the scoreboard. ASU was known for their scoring with 237 rushing yards and 212 passing yards giving teams plenty to worry about. QB Fredi Knighten wasn’t much more then a 50% passer but he was productive with almost 1,700 yards with 19 TD’s and seven picks with top targets Tres Houston (33-568) and Dijon Paschal (27-524) giving the Red Wolves an explosive receiving duo. Michael Gordon was the choice at running back with 1,065 yards while Warren Wand and Johnston White combing for over 1,200 yards.
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs had won four straight before falling to Southern Miss in the season finale’ cost them a spot in the CUSA title game. The Bulldogs outscored opponents 37-27 with one of the top run D’s and weaker pass defenses doing enough to control the scoreboard. La Tech averaged 465 yards behind the #15 air attack that totaled 311 yards. Former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was dynamite with nearly 3,600 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Trent Taylor was the gem of the Bulldogs receivers with 89 catches for 1,133 yards with Carlos Henderson totaling 721 yards on 35 receptions. When Louisiana Tech ran it was Kenneth Dixon who ran for 971 yards and 17 touchdowns with a 5.5 yard average.
The over is 6-0 in Red Wolves last 6 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and the Red Wolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while going 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 games in December and is 5-0 in Bulldogs last 5 neutral site games while the Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. S-Belt. Repeat after me…points, points, points….