LA Tech Bulldogs (3-3) at Massachusetts Minutemen (1-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 15, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +15.5 -- Over/Under: 61
American Sports Network; ESPN 3
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs improved to 3-3 (2-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 55-52, this past Thursday. Louisiana Tech jumped all over the Hilltoppers and was able to hang on for the victory after taking a 52-31 lead into the 4th quarter. Louisiana Tech outgained Western Kentucky by a 561-427 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR Carlos Henderson who had 3 TD and 232 receiving yards on 8 receptions. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 39.2 ppg on 526.7 total yards per game (365.0 passing, 161.7 rushing). Offensively, Louisiana Tech is led by WR duo of Trent Taylor (11.0 rec/g, 143.5 yds/g, 8 TD) and Carlos Henderson (6.0 rec/g, 111.6 yds/g, 5 TD). QB Ryan Higgins has completed 65.7% of his passes for 17 TD and 2 INT while averaging 373.8 yds/game. The Bulldogs backfield is led by RB Jarred Craft who had 4 TD on the season and averages 104.8 rushing yds/game. Craft also has been a weapon in the passing game as he has 3 receiving TD’s and averages 3.5 rec/g and 34.8 yds/g. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 33.5 ppg on 441.8 total yards per game (297.8 passing, 144.0 rushing). Louisiana Tech has committed just 6 turnovers on the season however, have a turnover margin of 0.
The Massachusetts Minutemen lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-5 on the season after being defeated by the Old Dominion Monarchs, 36-16, this past Saturday. Massachusetts had a tough time slowing down the Monarchs rushing attack and allowed the Monarchs to score the last 14 points of the game in the loss. Massachusetts was outgained by a 522-396 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Minutemen was RB Marquis Young who had a TD and 153 rushing yards on 22 carries. On the season, Massachusetts is averaging just 18.3 ppg on 303.7 total yards per game (209.2 passing, 94.5 rushing). Offensively, the Minutemen have been led by RB Marquis Young who has 2 TD and is averaging 82.33 yds/game. QB Andrew Ford has completed 60.7% of his passes for 10 TD and 7 INT while averaging 169.8 passing yds/game. WR Andy Isabella (4.7 rec/g, 64.2 yds/g, 4 TD), TE Adam Breneman (4.7 rec/g, 49.3 yds/g, 2 TD), and WR Jalen Williams (1.2 rec/g, 24.8 yds/g, 3 TD) have been the leading receivers for Massachusetts. Defensively, Massachusetts is allowing their opponents to average 29.5 ppg on 431.7 total yards per game (224.3 passing, 207.3 rushing). Massachusetts has completed 11 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of -11.
The Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 25-12 ATS in their last 37 road games. The Minutemen are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games in October.
Louisiana Tech was able to pick up a big win over Western Kentucky last week and comes into this matchup with the 5th ranked passing offense in College Football. Massachusetts came into this season with low expectations after losing the majority of their talent from last year’s squad and even though they are just 1-5 on the season, they did play two SEC teams (Florida & Mississippi State) tough earlier in the year. Louisiana Tech is a better team than their record indicates as their three losses came in close games on the road against Arkansas, Texas Tech, and MTSU and as I think the Bulldogs will be able to have their way on offense against the Minutemen, I’m taking Louisiana State to cover this large road spread. Take Louisiana State to cover.