Southern Miss Golden Eagles (8-3) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 28, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -6.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will travel to Joe Aillet Stadium to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles won their 5th straight game and improved to 8-3 (6-1 C-USA West) on the season after they were able to defeat the Old Dominion Monarchs, 556-31, this past Saturday. Southern Mississippi outscored Old Dominion by a 42-14 margin in the second half to secure the victory while outgaining the Monarchs by a 612-338 margin. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was RB Jalen Richard who had 161 yards and 4 TD’s on 22 carries. On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 40.2 ppg on 533.0 total yards per game (189.6 passing, 156.5 rushing). Leading the way for the Golden Eagles has been QB Nick Mullens who has completed 64.2% of his passes for 32 TD and 8 INT while averaging 325.3 yds/game. Mullens main targets on the season have been WR Mike Thomas (94.9 yds/game, 10 TD), Casey Martin (67.6 yds/game, 7 TD), and D.J. Thompson (61.5 yds/game, 6 TD). The Golden Eagles rushing attack is led by Jalen Richard (95.18 yds/game, 12 TD) and Ito Smith (74.00 yds/game, 4 TD). Defensively, Southern Mississippi is holding their opponents to an average of 22.3 ppg on 346.1 total yards per game (189.6 passing, 156.5 rushing). The Golden Eagles have only forced 15 turnovers on the season and currently have a turnover margin of -5.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won their 4th straight game and improved to 8-3 (6-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners, 17-15, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech had trouble getting their offense going against the 4-7 Miners and was outgained by UTEP by a 392-307 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was QB Jeff Driskel who completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and 2 TD. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 37.9 ppg on 471.3 total yards per game (303.3 passing, 168.0 rushing). Leading the way for the Bulldogs has been RB Kenneth Dixon who has 17 TD’s on the season and is averaging 108.00 yds/game. QB Jeff Driskel, formerly of the Florida Gators, has completed 62.0% of his passes for 21 TD and 5 INT while averaging 292.7 yds/game. Trent Taylor (93.7 yds/game, 7 TD) and Carlos Henderson (73.4 yds/game, 5 TD) have been the main receiving targets for Jeff Driskel. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 23.9 ppg on 364.4 total yards per game (254.8 passing, 109.5 rushing). The Bulldogs have only committed 14 turnovers on the season and have a +4 turnover margin.
The Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Bulldogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
This is going to be a great game on Saturday as the winner of this one wins the C-USA West division to advance and take on the winner of the Marshall/Western Kentucky in the C-USA Division Championship next weekend. Southern Mississippi had a slow start in their recent win but displayed with their strong running attack that they don’t need to rely on just QB Nick Mullens to win games for them. Louisiana Tech might have been looking ahead to this matchup as their high-powered offensive only mustered 17 points against UTEP defensive that has been giving up about 35.0 ppg this season. Louisiana Tech plays well at home however, their weakness in their defensive is their pass defense and I think Southern Mississippi and Nick Mullens will be able to put up enough points in this one to at worse cover the spread. Take Southern Mississippi to cover.