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Louisiana Tech Looking For Fourth Straight Bowl Win

It was not a banner year for Louisiana Tech compared with their recent run of domination in the C-USA but the Bulldogs found themselves in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season. Louisiana Tech has won its bowl game in each of the past three years (2-1 ATS) and is hoping to extend that streak taking on the SMU Mustangs in the Frisco Bowl.

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  • SMU QB Ben Hicks has thrown for 12 TDs and 3 INTs in the last 3 games.
  • SMU is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games.
  • Louisiana Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games after a win.

LT’s passing attack took a major step back from last season, as the team was unable to replace the trio of Jeff Driskel, Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson. Sophomore quarterback J’Mar Smith overcame some early-season struggles and became much safer with the ball as the season wore on. However, senior running back Boston Scott has carried the team to victory recently, rushing for 272 yards the past two weeks.

SMU is going into every game expecting a shootout. That’s probably the right mindset, as the team’s high-octane offense is matched by their complete apathy to playing defense. The Mustangs defense has been especially bad of late, with the team giving up an average of 49 points per game in their past three. Luckily, SMU has arguably the best receiver duo in the nation, as both Trey Quinn and Courtland Sutton have eclipsed 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.

LA Tech Bulldogs vs SMU Mustangs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The SMU Mustangs are 7-5 so far on the season, and 6-6 vs the point spread. The LA Tech Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 6-6 and 6-6 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have seen SMU go 7-5 and the LA Tech Bulldogs go 6-6 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and SMU vs LA Tech injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mustangs rated this week at No. 71 and the Bulldogs sitting at No. 57.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the SMU Mustangs' No. 8-ranked offense (40.17 PPG) against a LA Tech Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 65 at 26.67 PPG. The Mustangs passing attack has averaged 308 yards per game, more than the Bulldogs give up through the air (216.33 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Bulldogs own the league's No. 66-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 176.4 yards per game when on the road. SMU, on the other hand, rates No. 42 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston Scott tore up the turf for 138 rushing yards in the latest Bulldogs game, a 20-6 win over the Roadrunners at Joe Aillet Stadium.

In their last game, SMU's aerial attack generated 375 yards and the Mustangs came away with a 41-38 victory over Tulane at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

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