WKU vs. LA Tech - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LA Tech Bulldogs (1-1) at WKU Hilltoppers (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm (L.T. Smith Stadium)
The Line: WKU Hilltoppers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to L.T. Smith Stadium to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 57-21, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech took a quick 9-0 lead early in the 1st quarter, however, couldn’t fight back after 36 unanswered points by the Bulldogs gave Mississippi State a 36-9 lead with :41 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Louisiana Tech was outgained by a 459-315 margin and loss the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was RB Boston Scott who had 96 rushing yards on 13 carries. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 36.5 ppg on 406.0 total yards per game (219.5 passing yds/g; 186.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by the backfield duo of Jarred Craft (17.0 att/g, 83.5 yds/g, 2 TD) and Boston Scott (11.0 att/g, 75.5 yds/g). QB J’Mar Smith has completed 48.3% of his passes for 2 TD and an INT while averaging 208.0 passing yds/game. The leading receivers for the Bulldogs have been WR Marcus Gaines (2.0 rec/g, 56.5 yds/g), RB Boston Scott (3.0 rec/g, 31.5 yds/g), and Teddy Veal (3.0 rec/g, 27.5 yds/g). Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 40.5 ppg on 424.0 total yards per game (194.0 passing yds/g, 230.0 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs have committed 6 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of -2.
USA TODAY Sports
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers dropped to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the Illinois Fighting Illini, 20-7, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky had trouble getting anything going on the offensive end throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after Illinois took a 20-0 lead with 8:19 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Western Kentucky was outgained by Illinois by a 300-244 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was WR Nacarius Fant who had 10 receptions for 110 yards. On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 19.0 ppg on 304.0 total yards per game (219.5 passing yds/g; 186.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by QB Mike White who has completed 64.9% of his passes for a TD and INT while averaging 251.0 passing yds/g. Lucky Jackson (5.0 rec/g, 85.0 yds/g, TD), Nacarius Fant (7.0 rec/g, 71.0 yds/g), and Quin Jernighan (4.0 rec/g, 29.5 yds/g) have been the leading receivers for QB Mike White and the Hilltoppers. Leading the way for the Western Kentucky backfield has been the duo of D’Andre Ferby (13.0 att/g, 35.5 yds/g, 2 TD) and Marquez Trigg (8.0 att/g, 30.5 yds/g). Defensively, Western Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 18.5 ppg on 322.5 total yards per game (213.5 passing yds/g; 109.0 rushing yds/g). Western Kentucky has forced just 1 turnover on the season and currently have a turnover margin of -2.
The Bulldogs are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a double-digit loss at home and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games however, are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
The Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky matchup has been one of the best that C-USA has had to offer over the past few years and although both teams lost major contributors, this still should be a solid matchup. Louisiana Tech has some questions on the defensive end, however, the Hilltoppers offense hasn’t looked outstanding early in the season and I think the Bulldogs will be able to do just enough on the offensive end to cover with the points. Take Louisiana State and the points.