North Texas at LA Tech: 9/25/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

North Texas at LA Tech: 9/25/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

LA Tech Bulldogs (1-2) vs North Texas Mean Green (1-2)

Game Info: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)

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The North Texas Mean Green will travel to Joe Aillet Stadium to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Football action.

The North Texas Mean Green lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 1-2 on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 40-6, this past Saturday. North Texas had no answers on either end of the field for UAB and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 30-0 margin. North Texas was outgained by UAB by a 407-220 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Mean Green was RB DeAndre Torrey who had 82 rushing yards on 24 carries.

On the season, North Texas is averaging 20.7 ppg on 417.7 total yards per game (221.7 passing yds/g; 196.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, North Texas has been led by RB DeAndre Torrey who had 397 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 65 carries. QB Jace Ruder has completed 56.5% of his passes for 535 yards, 3 TD & 5 INT. The top receiving threats for the Mean Green have been Roderic Burns (20 rec, 276 yards, TD), Jyaire Shorter (6 rec, 107 yards), Jason Pirtle (9 rec, 83 yards), & Jake Roberts (6 rec, 45 yards). Jyaire Shorter missed last game due to injury and currently his status is questionable.

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Defensively, North Texas is allowing their opponents to average 29.7 ppg on 453.7 total yards per game (234.0 passing yds/g; 219.7 rushing yds/g).

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs dropped to 1-2 on the season after being defeated by the SMU Mustangs, 39-37, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech looked as if they were going to pull off the upset victory after a 47-yard FG by Jacob Barnes gave the Bulldogs a 37-33 lead with just :36 seconds left in regulation, however, SMU was able to drive right down the field and scored the game-winning TD on a 33-yard reception by Reggie Robinson Jr. as time expired. Louisiana Tech was outgained by SMU by a 578-483 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss.

On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 38.7 ppg on 433.3 total yards per game (289.7 passing yds/g; 143.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by QB Austin Kendall who has completed 61.8% of his passes for 837 yards, 7 TD, & 3 INT while also rushing for 3 TD’s. The top receiving threats for the Bulldogs have been Tre Harris (11 rec, 181 yards, 3 TD), Bub Means (7 rec, 174 yards, TD), Smoke Harris (14 rec, 152 yards, TD), & Samuel Emilus (7 rec, 91 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Louisiana Tech backfield has been the duo of Marcus Williams Jr. (44 att, 185 yards) & Greg Garner (18 att, 83 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 38.7 ppg on 536.3 total yards per game (420.0 passing yds/g; 116.3 rushing yards/game).

The Mean Green are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 conference games and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 September games.

North Texas looks like it’s in for a long season as their offense just isn’t as explosive as we are used to seeing under Seth Littrell as over the last two games, they have combined for just 18 points against SMU & UAB. Louisiana Tech could easily be 3-0 as their two losses have combined by just 3 points to Mississippi State & SMU and although their defense is giving up a bunch of points, I think it is more of a product of having to go against two of the better passing attacks in College Football in Mississippi State & SMU. North Texas has been awful ATS on the road and as I think Louisiana Tech offense is going to score plenty against the Mean Green defense here, I’m taking Louisiana Tech to cover this double-digit home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick LA Tech Bulldogs -11.5

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