Where: Tiger Stadium (LA), Baton Rouge, LA
When: Saturday, September 22, 7:00 PM ET.
Fresh off an upset win over the seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers, the LSU Tigers will welcome the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to Tiger Stadium on Saturday night as they go for their fourth consecutive win of the season.
Bulldogs Going For Third Consecutive Win
The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive win over the Southern Jaguars in their last game, but they will face their first real test of the season against an LSU team that has looked better than anticipated this season.
Louisiana Tech’s offense has been very good this season, and they have been able to strike a balance with their passing and running game. The Bulldogs average 318 passing yards per game, which is 20th in the country, and 208.5 rushing yards per game, which is 41st in the country.
The Bulldogs moved the ball with ease against the Jaguars, finishing with 427 passing yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 186 yards and four touchdowns. They will likely focus on throwing the ball against the Tigers, who have been very good against the run this year.
J’Mar Smith will be a handful for the Tigers in this game, after his 380 yards and two touchdown performance against the Jaguars. If he can avoid turning the ball over like he did in their first game of the season, the Bulldogs will have a chance in this game.
Louisiana Tech’s defense has looked good in their first two games, but none of the teams they played have an offense as potent as LSU’s. They will need to keep LSU’s run game in check to give themselves an opportunity in this game.
LSU Trying To Avoid Upset
After an emotional win like the Tigers had over Auburn in their last game, the team might overlook Louisiana Tech and look ahead to their matchup against Ole Miss. However, doing so will be a mistake because this game has the potential to be a trap game for the Tigers.
LSU didn’t dominate Auburn offensively, but the offense did enough to help the team get the win. They will be hoping for a better performance against Louisiana Tech, especially in the passing game.
The Tigers are averaging 180 passing yards per game, which is 106th in the country. The team has relied heavily on their run game, which has come up big for them so far, but they will try to be more balanced this week against the Bulldogs.
The Tigers will once again rely on their defense, which has been one of the best in the league this season, holding opponents to 12.7 points per game, which is 13th in the league.
If the Tigers are able to shut down the Bulldogs’ passing attack, they can focus on slowing down the run game like they did against Auburn and get their fourth consecutive win of the year.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. CUSA.
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Louisiana Tech is:
- 1-6 ATS last 7 after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- 11-5-2 Under last 18 home games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bulldogs have played well in their last nine games against SEC opponents, but most of the wins came against the bottom teams in the conference. The Tigers are perfect in their last four games against Conference USA teams and they have won four of five ATS against teams with winning records.
Prediction: LSU Tigers -20.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bulldogs won’t score a lot against the Tigers, and their total has been under in their last seven games after an ATS win. The Tigers won’t put up enough points to take the total over in this one because the total has gone under in five of their last six games following an ATS win.
Prediction: Under 51
Half-Time Side Pick
The Tigers are averaging 18.5 points per game in the first half this season and are giving up 8.5 points in the first half. The Bulldogs are averaging 20.5 points in the first half while giving up seven points. Even though the Tigers have an 18-1 edge in this series and will win the game, the Bulldogs will put up a fight in the first half and cover the 11.5 point spread.
Prediction: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +11.5
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bulldogs and Tigers have very good offenses that have combined for 39 points in the first half this season Expect the trend to continue on Saturday because LSU will be able to run the ball against the Bulldogs and score at least two touchdowns at the half, while Louisiana Tech’s passing attack should help them get at least 10 points at the half.
Prediction: Over 25