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Louisiana Tech Dominating the Sun Belt

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Louisiana Tech was just one win away from competing for the C-USA Championship, but instead will face the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the New Orleans Bowl on December 19. The Bulldogs should enjoy seeing a Sun Belt opponent as they are 9-0 SU in their past nine against the conference.

Shark Bites
  • Louisiana Tech is 8-0 ATS in their last eight following a loss as a favorite.
  • The total has gone OVER in each of Arkansas State’s past eight games.
  • Since becoming a starter midseason, Fredi Knighten has thrown 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has found success at Louisiana Tech, as the senior completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and just eight interceptions this season. However, he had his worst outing of the season in his last game, throwing three interceptions in a rout to Southern Mississippi.

The Red Wolves have been dominating to close out the season as the team has averaged 42.6 points in eight consecutive wins. Arkansas State averaged 5.0 yards per carry (28th in the nation) while finding the endzone 33 times on the ground (11th in the nation).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as 1-point underdogs at opening but as of Friday the line is set at LT -2. BetOnline has opened the total at 67 and has jumped to 68.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Red Wolves to win this game on Saturday 38-34. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

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Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Louisiana Tech battles the Arkansas State Red Wolves, currently with a 9-3 mark (8-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 7-5 for the Bulldogs and 9-3 for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Louisiana Tech vs Arkansas State injuries news.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs sit at No. 41 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Arkansas State Red Wolves are at No. 33 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Louisiana Tech's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 36.75 PPG, against a Arkansas State defense that ranks No. 83 this week at 28.83 PPG. The Louisiana Tech aerial game is averaging 311.33 yards per game, more than the Arkansas State Red Wolves secondary allows through the air, 251.58 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Arkansas State Red Wolves own the league's No. 19-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 127.67 yards per game when on the road. Louisiana Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 74 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Arkansas State got a 148-yard performance from Michael Gordon as a key part of its 55-17 win over Texas State.

Jeff Driskel's 355-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Southern Miss earned a 58-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.