Navy vs. LA Tech: Armed Forces Bowl - 12/23/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LA Tech Bulldogs (8-5) at Navy Midshipmen (9-3)
College Football: Friday, December 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Amon Carter Stadium)
The Line: Navy Midshipmen 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the 25th ranked Navy Midshipmen will face off at Amon G. Carter Stadium in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on ESPN.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs finished their season with an 8-5 record while finishing in 1st place of the C-USA West Division with a 6-2 conference record. The Bulldogs advanced to the C-USA Championship but came up short against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a 58-44 shootout. Louisiana Tech had one of the best offenses in the country and was led by their passing attack which ranked 3rd in College Football. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 44.0 ppg on 516.1 total yards per game (359.8 passing, 156.2 rushing). Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by QB Ryan Higgins who completed 65.8% of his passes for 37 TD and 5 INT while averaging 350.7 passing yards per game. Leading the backfield for the Bulldogs was Jarred Craft (13.4 Att/g, 77.8 yds/g, 9 TD) and Boston Scott (4.9 Att/g, 37.1 yds/g, 5 TD). Trent Taylor (9.5 rec/g, 120.8 yds/g, 10 TD), Carlos Henderson (6.0 rec/g, 117.2 yds/g, 17 TD), Jarred Craft (3.2 rec/g, 26.1 yds/g, 4 TD), and Kam McKnight (1.4 rec/g, 21.6 yds/g, 3 TD) were the leading receivers for the Bulldogs. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 32.7 ppg on 418.0 total yards per game (283.6 passing, 134.4 rushing). The Bulldogs forced their opponents into committing 17 turnovers and finished the season with a +1 turnover margin.
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The 25th Navy Midshipmen finished the season with a 9-3 overall record while finishing 1st in the AAC-West division. Navy picked up huge wins against Houston and Tulsa during the regular season, however, couldn’t take home the AAC Championship after being defeated by the Temple Owls, 34-10, in the championship game. Navy was led on the season by their outstanding rushing attack that ranked 3rd in the country. On the season, Navy averaged 39.1 ppg on 456.3 total yards per game (128.8 passing, 327.5 rushing). Offensively, Navy’s great rushing attack was led by QB Will Worth (22.0 Att/g, 99.8 yds/g, 25 TD), Chris High (8.2 Att/g, 53.7 yds/g, 5 TD), Toneo Gulley (3.6 Att/g, 35.6 yds/g, 4 TD), and Shawn White (6.2 Att/g, 35.1 yds/g,). QB Will Worth completed 72 of 117 passes for 1397 yards, 8 TD, and 3 INT. Jamir Tillman (2.9 rec/g, 48.5 yds/g, 2 TD) and Darryl Bonner (0.8 rec/g, 19.9 yds/g, 2 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Midshipmen. Defensively, Navy is allowing their opponents to average 30.4 ppg on 435.7 total yards per game (259.4 passing, 176.3 rushing). Navy forced their opponents into committing 13 turnovers and finished the season with a +1 turnover margin.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games. The Midshipmen are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games.
This should be a fun matchup to watch that has the potential to be a very high scoring game with Louisiana Tech great passing attack and Navy’s outstanding rushing offense. Navy will try to keep Ryan Higgins off the field by controlling the clock with their running game however, Louisiana Tech has done well against the run this season ranking 30th in College Football in rushing defense. Navy has had a great season however, as I just don’t see the Midshipmen being able to stop the Bulldogs on the defensive side, I think Louisiana Tech is the play in this one. Take Louisiana Tech to win!