Louisiana Tech at North Texas: 12/3/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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North Texas Mean Green (3-4) vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-3)
Game Info: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Apogee Stadium)
Betting Odds: North Texas Mean Green +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to Apogee Stadium to take on the North Texas Mean Green this Thursday night in College Football action.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs continue to try and get back on the football field as the Bulldogs have had their last four games postponed/cancelled due to COIVD-19. Louisiana Tech comes into this game with an overall record of 4-3 (3-2 C-USA) after defeating the UAB Blazers, 37-34 in OT, on October 31st. Louisiana Tech was able to force OT after scoring the game-tying TD on a 24-yard TD receptions by Adrian Hardy and won in OT on a 35-yard FG after UAB fumbled in their 2nd OT possession. Louisiana Tech was outgained by UAB by a 485-381 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR Adrian Hardy who had 7 receptions for 101 yards & 2 TD’s.
On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 30.3 ppg on 334.4 total yards per game (242.4 passing yds/g; 92.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by QB Luke Anthony who has completed 62.5% of his passes for 1,208 yards, 13 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for Anthony and the Bulldogs have been Adrian Hardy (33 rec, 440 yards, 4 TD), Smoke Harris (23 rec, 223 yards, 3 TD), and Griffin Hebert (15 rec, 223 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Louisiana Tech backfield has been the duo of Israel Tucker (82 att, 336 yards, 2 TD) and Justin Henderson (75 att, 252 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 32.3 ppg on 420.7 total yards per game (253.1 passing yds/g; 167.6 rushing yds/g).
The North Texas Mean Green dropped to 3-4 (2-3 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the UTSA Roadrunners, 49-17, this past Saturday. North Texas has no answers for Sincere McCormick and the Roadrunners rushing attack and couldn’t fight back after UTSA took a 35-10 lead late in the 3rd quarter. North Texas was outgained by UTSA by a 624-401 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was WR Jaelon Draden who had 7 receptions for 143 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, North Texas is averaging 34.3 ppg on 536.9 total yards per game (290.0 passing yds/g; 246.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, North Texas has been led by WR Jaelon Draden who has 882 receiving yards & 12 TD on 58 receptions. QB Austin Aune has completed 54.5% of his passes for 1,348 yards, 8 TD, & 4 INT. The other top receivers for the Mean Green outside of Jaelon Draden have been Deonte Simpson (19 rec, 386 yards, 3 TD), Austin Ogunmakin (13 rec, 182 yards), and Greg White (8 rec, 179 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Mean Green backfield has been DeAndre Torrey (98 att, 600 yards, 5 TD) and Oscar Adaway III (54 att, 395 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, North Texas is allowing their opponents to average 41.0 ppg on 535.3 total yards per game (291.3 passing yds/g; 244.0 rushing yds/g).
The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in December. The Mean Green are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
It’s been awhile since Louisiana Tech has seen the football field which concerns me a bit, however, this is a very bad North Texas defense that has had no answers against either the pass or run. I expect the Bulldogs to come out a bit slow, but I think Louisiana Tech will find their rhythm as the game goes on and that they do enough to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!