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Bulldogs vs Fighting Illini Game Preview

Louisiana Tech BulldogsIllinois Fighting Illini
Sep 22, 8:00 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds


Louisiana Tech travels to Illinois on Saturday, hoping to boost its 2-0 mark in Week 4 action with a victory over the Fighting Illini.

This season the Fighting Illini are 2-1 overall and 2-1 ATS against the number, while the Bulldogs are 2-0 and 1-1 ATS. As for the totals, Illinois is 1-1 on the OU, and Louisiana Tech is 2-0.

View Louisiana Tech vs Illinois Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 63-rated Fighting Illini and the No. 55-rated Bulldogs in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 49-46 win for the Bulldogs on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 73-ranked offense, averaging 27.3 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 121 this week at 43 PPG. The Fighting Illini aerial game is averaging 199.7 yards per game, less than the Bulldogs secondary allows through the air, 392.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Bulldogs feature the league's No. 29-rated road run defense, allowing 113 yards per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 99 in rushing offense at home.

Louisiana Tech was a 56-37 winner in their most recent outing at home against Rice. They failed to cover the 21-point spread as favorites, while the total score (93) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, Louisiana Tech got a 204-yard performance from Tevin King as a key part of its 56-37 win over Rice.

Illinois was a 44-0 winner in its last match at home against Charleston Southern. The game involved a non-board team, hence there was no line or total on it. Reilly O'Toole led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 333 yards Saturday as the Fighting Illini downed the Buccaneers 44-0 at Memorial Stadium.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 8-2

A few Bulldogs at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Louisiana Tech is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Louisiana Tech is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisiana Tech's last 9 games on the road
Illinois is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Illinois is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Louisiana Tech at Virginia, Saturday, September 29
Illinois home to Penn State, Saturday, September 29