Texas Tech vs. LA Tech - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LA Tech Bulldogs (1-1) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Jones AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs could use a strong road victory in order to get a game above a .500 record. Ryan Higgins is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 409 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Higgins has thrown five touchdowns in his last 77 pass attempts. Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson have combined for 365 receiving yards and three touchdowns while DeJuawn Oliver has five receptions. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ground game is averaging 144 yards per contest, and Jarred Craft leads the way with 163 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing 22.5 points and 295 yards per game. Xavier Woods leads the Bulldogs with 15 tackles, Deldrick Canty has one sack and Prince Sam has one interception.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders hope to bounce back from a tough road loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils. Patrick Mahomes II is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 1,023 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Mahomes has 13 touchdown passes in his last three games. Cameron Batson and Justin Stockton have combined for 333 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jonathan Giles has 13 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 98.5 yards per contest, and Mahomes leads the way with 101 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 42.5 points and 511 yards per game. Malik Jenkins leads the Red Raiders with 13 tackles, Kris Williams has one sack and Keenon Ward has one interception.
The Bulldogs are 24-11 ATS in their last 35 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Red Raiders are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
The offensive numbers for Texas Tech are easy to fall in love with, but the problem is the Red Raiders don't play a lick of defense. You saw it last week. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech is a tough minded team that grinds it out and doesn't give anything away easily. Also, the Bulldogs lost at Arkansas by just one point opening week. The Bulldogs also lost road games to Western Kentucky and Kansas State by a combined nine points last season. Louisiana Tech can hang with some of the big boys of college football.
Give me my points.