LA Tech Bulldogs (3-4) at Rice Owls (1-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 28, 2017, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Rice Owls +13 -- Over/Under:
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to Rice Stadium to take on the Rice Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs dropped to 3-4 (1-2 C-USA) on the season after falling to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 34-27 in OT, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech held a 27-19 lead with 1:23 left in the game, however allowed Southern Miss to force OT and couldn’t answer the Golden Eagles TD in double-OT. The Bulldogs were outgained by the Golden Eagles by a 492-355 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for Louisiana Tech was RB Boston Scott who carried the ball 11 times for 106 yards and a TD. On the season, the Bulldogs are averaging 27.9 ppg on 399.7 total yards per game (249.4 passing yds/g; 150.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana Tech is led by QB J'Mar Smith who has completed 55.3% of his passes on the season for 9 TD and 4 INT while averaging 246.1 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for Smith and the Bulldogs have been Teddy Veal (5.6 rec/g, 66.4 yds/g, 3 td) and Rhashid Bonnette (2.2 rec/g, 49.8 yds/g, 2 TD). The Louisiana Tech backfield is led by Boston Scott (9.9 att/g, 61.0 yds/g, 2 TD) and Jarred Craft (12.7 att/g, 57.7 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Louisiana Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 27.6 ppg on 406.3 total yards per game (233.3 passing yds/g; 173.0 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs have forced 11 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of 0.
The Rice Owls dropped to 1-6 (1-2 C-USA) on the season after falling to the UTSA Roadrunners 20-7, this past Saturday. Rice was down by just a 10-7 at halftime, however, couldn’t find the scoreboard against the tough Roadrunners defense in the 2nd half. The Owls were outgained by the Roadrunners by a 448-300 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for Rice was QB Sam Glaesmann who completed 3 of 9 passes for 84 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. On the season, the Owls are averaging 11.0 ppg on 298.7 total yards per game (142.9 passing yds/g; 155.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Rice is led by QB Sam Glaesmann who has completed 46.3% of his passes on the season for 2 TD and 3 INT while averaging 78.3 passing yds/g. The Owls receivers are led by Aaron Cephus (2.0 rec/g, 54.2 yds/g, 2 TD) and Kylen Granson (1.7 rec/g, 14.1 yds/g). The Rice backfield is led by Samuel Stewart (10.0 att/g, 43.6 yds/g), Emmanuel Esukpa (5.86 att/g, 30.14 yds/g, TD), and Austin Walter (4.86 att/g, 23.0 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Rice is holding their opponents to 34.0 ppg on 427.7 total yards per game (235.9 passing yds/g; 191.9 rushing yds/g). The Owls have forced 5 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –14.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games in October. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 14-5-2 ATS in their last 21 games in October.
Louisiana Tech has to be frustrated after letting a win slip through their fingers however, the Bulldogs have a great chance to rebound facing a Rice team that has struggled all year finding ways to put points on the board. The Bulldogs have an above average defense and as the Rice total offense ranks just 129th in the country, I’m taking the Bulldogs to win this one by at least two TD’s.