The Tuesday night (8:00 pm ET) matchup this week features the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-4) traveling to Boise, ID to take on the number two ranked Boise St. Broncos (6-0) in a WAC conference game. Boise St. has held opponents scoreless in its first two conference games this year, winning by a 107-0 margin. The Bulldogs’ last game on October 16 was a 48-35 shootout victory over Idaho.
The explosive Boise St. offense is led by junior quarterback Kellen Moore who has thrown for 16 TDs with only 1 interception, leads the nation with a 190.3 quarterback rating and directs an offense that is fourth in both total points per game with 47.5 and total yards with 523.8. The running game is formidable as well, with junior back Doug Martin averaging a robust 7.4 YPC on the season. Moore’s top two targets through the air are Titus Young with 33 receptions for 581 yards and 4 TDs this season and Austin Pettis with 25 receptions for 387 yards and 4 TDs so far this season. On the other side of the ball, the Broncos lead FBS in total defense with an average of 210.2 YPG allowed and are second in the nation in scoring with 12.3 PPG allowed.
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Louisiana Tech has the 113th ranked defense in FBS with an average of 448.7 yards per contest allowed. The Bulldogs are much more formidable on offense where senior quarterback Ross Jenkins, who threw for a career-high 422 yards and 3 TDs in the win over Idaho, leads the charge. Running back Lennon Creer also had a career day against Idaho with 179 yards rushing and 2 TDs. Creer, a Tennessee transfer, has been solid this season with 568 yards rushing on 95 carries (6.0 YPC) and 4 rushing TDs.
Boise St. has won the last four home games against Louisiana Tech by a combined score of 184-41, and the Bulldogs have dropped 8 in a row overall to the Broncos, including last season’s 45-35 defeat. Moore has thrown for 300+ yards in both of his previous games against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs have lost ten consecutive games against ranked teams, dating back to their victory over a then-number 23 Fresno State team in 2005. Louisiana Tech is 17-41-1 ATS in their last 59 road games, and the Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games. Boise St. is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games, and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The over is 8-1 in the Broncos last 9 games on field turf and the under is 9-3 in Boise State’s last 12 games in October.
Louisiana Tech vs. Boise St. Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Louisiana Tech +37
@ Boise St. -37
Over: 65 (-110)
Under: 65 (-110)
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Louisiana Tech Vs. Boise St. Prediction for Week 9 Tuesday Night Game:
Spread Prediction (Top Play) – Louisiana Tech is completely over-matched in this game and Boise St. should be able to cover this enormous spread. The Broncos need to impress the BCS computers and the voters for both the writer’s and the coach’s polls, and their strength of schedule is not going to do it so they need to win by as many points as they can. Coach Chris Petersen is not afraid to put up a huge point total on an over-matched opponent, especially in front of a national audience so expect him to do so if given the chance on Tuesday night. Louisiana Tech has a decent team on offense, but they are completely over-matched on defense and playing in a tough road environment, they will not be able to keep the game as close as they did last season.
Over/Under Prediction– OFF – Sorry guys, at the time of writing this article there was no game total posted for this Louisiana Tech vs Boise State game (it was posted this afternoon).
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