UTSA Roadrunners (5-4) at LA Tech Bulldogs (7-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 12, 2016, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: LA Tech Bulldogs -20 -- Over/Under:
The UTSA Roadrunners will travel to Joe Aillet Stadium to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The UTSA Roadrunners won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-4 (4-2 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 45-25, this past Saturday. UTSA was outstanding on the defensive end as they slowed down the high-powered Blue Raiders offense and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 42-17 lead the end of 3rd quarter. UTSA outgained Middle Tennessee by a 378-369 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-2 margin. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was RB Jarveon Williams who had 3 TD’s and 109 yards on 21 carries. On the season, UTSA is averaging 31.2 ppg on 381.7 total yards per game (206.9 passing, 174.8 rushing). Offensively, UTSA has been led by QB Dalton Sturm who had completed 59.7% of his passes for 16 TD and 5 INT while averaging 183.1 passing yds/game. Strum’s main targets at the receiving position has been Josh Stewart (2.4 rec/g, 53.1 yds/g, 4 TD), Kerry Thomas Jr. (2.1 rec/g, 32.1 yds/g, 6 TD), Brady Jones (2.0 rec/g, 24.9yds/g, 2 TD), and Marquez McNair (1.9 rec/g, 21.3 yds/g, TD). The Roadrunners backfield has been led by Jalen Rhodes (13.3 att/g, 75.6 yds/g, 8 TD) and Jarveon Williams (14.8 att/g, 64.4 yds/g, 6 TD). Defensively, UTSA is allowing their opponents to average 26.7 ppg on 406.6 total yards per game (237.4 passing, 169.1 rushing). UTSA has forced their opponents to commit 17 turnovers and has an overall turnover margin of +6.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won their 6th straight game and improved to 7-3 (5-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the North Texas Mean Green, 45-24, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech got a huge game from Carlos Henderson and used a strong defensive 2nd half to secure the victory. Louisiana Tech outgained North Texas by a 479-289 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR Carlos Henderson who had 4 TD’s and 133 yards on 8 receptions while also adding a rushing TD. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 44.1 ppg on 547.5 total yards per game (363.7 passing, 183.8 rushing). Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by QB Ryan Higgins who has completed 67.7% of his passes for 30 TD and 4 INT while averaging 351.9 passing yds/game. Louisiana Tech has one of the best WR duos in all of College Football in Trent Taylor (9.8 rec/g, 131.8 yds/g, 9 TD) and Carlos Henderson (6.6 rec/g, 129.8 yds/g, 15 TD). Jarred Craft (15.1 att/g, 92.5 yds/g, 6 TD), Boston Scott (4.4 att/g, 37.1 yds/g, 5 TD), and Ryan Higgins (6.8 att/g, 36.1 yds/g, 3 TD) are the leading rushers for the Bulldogs. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 29.3 ppg on 404.2 total yards per game (274.5 passing, 129.7 rushing). Louisiana Tech has committed 12 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of 0.
The Roadrunners are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record however, are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
UTSA has won 4 of their last 5 games and come into this matchup with the opportunity to take over 1st place in the C-USA West. Louisiana Tech comes into this matchup with the 4th rated passing offense in College Football and has been solid defensively as of late as over their past 4 games, the Bulldogs have held their opponents to an average of 18.0 ppg. UTSA was fortunate that MTSU’s standout QB Brent Stockstill missed the majority of the game due to a shoulder injury which was a contributing factor on why UTSA was able to hold the MTSU offense to just 25 points. Teams have been able to beat UTSA through the air this season and as I don’t see the Roadrunners being able to slow down Ryan Higgins and the Bulldogs offense in this one, I’m taking Louisiana Tech to cover at home.