Louisiana Tech at Texas 8/31/19 - College Football Betting Odds & Picks
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Texas Longhorns
NCAAF: 8:00 PM EST
Aug. 31, 2019
Latest Odds : TEX -21 Total 55
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are set to visit Darnell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas for a Week 1 clash against the Texas Longhorns. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be looking to continue their success from the 2018 season as they went 8-5 with a victory in the Hawaii Bowl. The Bulldogs will return their QB from a season ago in J’Mar Smith who is looking to expand off his 2018 campaign where he threw for 3160 yards, 15 TDs, and 10 interceptions. Smith will return his top target from a season ago as Adrian Hardy was one of the top WRs in the nation as he pitched in 1145 receiving yards and 6 TDs.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs had one of the best defenses in the group of 5 conferences last season as they finished the year ranked 39th in points allowed. The Bulldogs will return their leading tackler from 2018 as Darryl Lewis is looking to repeat his success as he contributed 91 tackles. Louisiana Tech will also have another strong piece returning in the secondary as Amik Robertson pitched in 61 tackles and 4 interceptions last season.
The Texas Longhorns are looking to continue their success from the 2018 season as they went 10-4 with a victory in the Sugar Bowl, and they will return some key offensive talent. QB Sam Ehlinger developed into one of the best QBs in college football last season as he contributed 3292 passing yards, 482 rushing yards, and 41 total TDs. Ehlinger will return one of his favorite targets from last season as Collin Johnson fell just shy of 1000 receiving yards during the 2018 campaign as he pitched in 985 yards and 7 TDs.
The Texas Longhorns will need to be much better on the defensive side of the ball if they want to be a national championship contender as they finished last season ranked 57th in points allowed. The Longhorns will take the field without their leading tackler from a season ago as Gary Johnson moved to the NFL after contributing 90 tackles and 6.5 sacks. The Longhorns should be strong in the secondary as Cade Sterns returns after contributing a team-high 4 interceptions during the 2018 campaign.
Recent Betting Trends:
Bulldogs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big 12.
Under is 6-0 in Bulldogs last 6 games overall.
Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in August.
Under is 5-1 in Longhorns last 6 vs. CUSA.
Free Betting Pick: Texas Longhorns -21
The Texas Longhorns have been a common pick to win the Big 12 this season, and I truly believe they have the tools in place for that as they have a great coach and a ton of talent. While the Bulldogs were one of the top teams in Conference USA last season, they can’t compete with a program like the Longhorns, especially on the road. The Longhorns have a potential 1st round pick at QB and a very dangerous WR who could very well work his way off draft boards, and the Bulldogs will have no answer for this high-powered offense on both sides of the ball. Final Score Prediction, Texas Longhorns win and cover ATS 38-10.