UAB vs. LA Tech - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LA Tech Bulldogs (3-2) at UAB Blazers (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Legion Field)
The Line: UAB Blazers +11.5 -- Over/Under: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel Legion Field (AL) to take on the UAB Blazers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs improved to 3-2 (1-0 C-USA West) on the season after defeating the South Alabama Jaguars, 34-16, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech went into halftime leading by a 17-13 margin and pulled away in the 4th quarter after scoring 17 unanswered points. Louisiana Tech outgained South Alabama by a 479-333 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was QB J’Mar Smith who completed 24 of 39 passes for 317 yards and 3 TD. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 29.2 ppg on 416.0 total yards per game (189.8 passing yds/g; 207.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by QB J’Mar Smith who has completed 57.4% of his passes for 7 TD and 3 INT while averaging 264.0 passing yds/g. The main receiving threats for the Bulldogs have been WR Teddy Veal (6.0 rec/g, 66.2 yds/g 2 TD), Rhashid Bonnette (2.4 rec/g, 59.4 yds/g, 2 TD), and Marlon Watts (2.2 rec/g, 27.2 yds/g). The Bulldogs backfield has been led by Jarred Craft (15.2 att/g, 69.0 yds/g, 2 TD) and Boston Scott (8.8 att/g, 54.6 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 27.2 ppg on 397.2 total yards per game (228.8 passing yds/g; 168.4 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs have committed 9 turnovers on the season and currently have a turnover margin of -1.
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The UAB Blazers dropped to 2-2 (0-1 C-USA West) on the season after being defeated by the North Texas Mean Green, 46-43, this past Saturday. UAB fought back after trailing by a 30-14 margin at halftime to tie game late in regulation, however, couldn’t secure the victory after North Texas won it on 22-yard FG with just 7 seconds left in regulation. UAB was outgained by North Texas by a 548-395 margin and allowed the Mean Green to rack up 287 yards on the ground in the loss. Leading the way for UAB was QB A.J. Erdely who completed 17 of 36 passes for 321 yards, 4 TD, and an INT. On the season, UAB is averaging 35.5 ppg on 397.5 total yards per game (189.8 passing yds/g, 207.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UAB has been led by QB A.J. Erdely who has completed 53.2% of his passes for 6 TD and an INT while averaging 185.8 passing yds/g. Erdely has also gotten it done with his legs as he has 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 35.3 rushing yds/g. In the backfield for the Blazers has been RB Spencer Brown who had 4 TD’s while averaging 73.5 rushing yds/g on 14.3 att/g. The leading receivers for UAB has been Andre Wilson (3.3 rec/g, 62.8 yds/g, 3 TD), Collin Lisa (2.5 rec/g, 50.3 yds/g), and Sederian Copeland (2.3 rec/g, 31.3 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, UAB is allowing their opponents to average 31.8 ppg on 358.8 total yards per game (179.0 passing yds/g; 179.8 rushing yds/g). UAB has forced 6 turnovers on the season and currently have a turnover margin of 0.
The Bulldogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
UAB must be excited with picking up a couple of wins to start their season after going 2 years without playing a game, however, the Blazers are still nowhere near the talent level of Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech has already beaten the C-USA favorite in Western Kentucky and as J’Mar Smith and the defense look solid, I think the Bulldogs do enough to cover this road spread. Take Louisiana Tech to cover.