Week 14 of the college football season begins on Thursday night with a couple of games only gamblers will appreciate. Besides people that can’t get enough of football and just want to watch a game and gamblers, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of people out there that care about Louisiana Tech and North Texas. The other game tonight has Air Force and Utah State battling it out at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah.
Neither game is going to move the meter much, but there are odds on the game and that’s all that matters to me. There are some good games on the menu, including Alabama and LSU. It sounds like a good matchup anyway if you’re just looking at who is playing, but LSU is not a good program in 2020. After winning the National Championship, they lost a lot of talent to the NFL and they’re more than four-touchdown underdogs at home against the Crimson Tide.
Louisiana Tech hasn’t played in what feels like ages now. The Covid pandemic has thrown the schedule for a major loop. There are some teams that have played ten games by now, while it feels like others just started their season. Louisiana Tech hasn’t played since October 31. They missed an entire month because of the coronavirus. Not only were they dealing with the virus, but their injuries were piling up high for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs and Mean Green were supposed to play about a month ago, but that was pushed back to Thursday night. Better they play the game than not play it at all. Some games have been pulled completely, or they’re trying to figure out a way to schedule them. Louisiana Tech and North Texas will finally settle the score in Conference USA on Thursday night. There is no Thursday Night Football in the NFL, so the spotlight belongs to Louisiana Tech and North Texas. Head below for our free Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas pick for December 3, 2020.
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This has to feel like a new season for Louisiana Tech after sitting out for this long. Their last time on the field resulted in a 37-34 win in overtime over UAB on Halloween. Aaron Allen and Luke Anthony split time at quarterback, with Allen playing better with 191 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Anthony threw for 141 yards with a touchdown and interception. The Bulldogs are expected to go through both quarterbacks on Thursday night. It does put some extra pressure on defensive coordinators to prepare for both quarterbacks.
Allen has passed for 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 69.3% completions this season. His effort against UAB was by far his best of the season. Just as Allen was gathering some confidence, the sophomore and everyone else on Louisiana Tech had to stop playing. Anthony has passed for 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 62.5% completions. He has the upper hand statistically, but he hasn’t really provided a spark over Allen. Anthony is the senior, while Allen as a sophomore has more upside.
It certainly helps for next season that Allen is getting all of his starting experience. The Bulldogs have scored an average of 30.3 points per game in 2020. However, the team has recorded only 334.4 yards per game. Louisiana Tech are the only team in the FBS that has scored that many points while averaging only 334.4 yards a game. That indicates that the Bulldogs have been fortunate with timely turnovers.
With a record of 4-3, they’ve lost against the good teams like BYU and Marshall, while winning the games they should win against inferior opponents. A 27-26 loss against UTSA was certainly a winnable game, though. Two of their wins were against creampuffs UTEP, 21-17, and Houston Baptist, 66-38. Blowing out Houston Baptist was impressive, but barely surviving against the Miners was a cause for concern on September 26.
North Texas’ Jason Beam has passed for 649 yards with 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He has been sharing time with Austin Aune under center. Aune has passed for 1,348 yards with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Between the two of them, they’ve led North Texas to 536.9 yards and 34.4 points per game. The 536.9 yards per game that North Texas has racked up is good for third in the FBS.
Oscar Adaway has been a load for defenses to handle on the ground. Adaway has gained 395 yards on 7.3 yards per carry. DeAndre Torrey has been tough to stop as well. He’s run for 600 yards and 5 touchdowns on 6.1 yards per carry. North Texas is tenth in the FBS at running the ball. They are coming off a horrid performance versus UTSA in a 49-17 loss last week. Against what should be a rusty Louisiana Tech team on the road, I’m on North Texas to bounce back over the Bulldogs on Thursday night.