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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Heart of Dallas Bowl Betting Prediction and Odds

Illinois Fighting Illini


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Friday, December 26, 2014 1:00 PM ET
Cotton Bowl

This season's Heart of Dallas Bowl between the Big Ten's Illinois Fighting Illini and Conference USA's Louisiana Tech Bulldogs could set up as a solid play on the total line. The OVER and UNDER have alternated in the four previous editions of this bowl game, so the OVER is due if this betting trend continues.

Illinois went 6-6 SU this season with a 5-7 record ATS, while Louisiana Tech was 8-5 SU with a highly profitable 10-3 mark ATS. These two last met in 2012 with the Bulldogs rolling to a 52-24 victory as 3-point road underdogs. The total went OVER the closing 57-point line in that game.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Opening Odds and Betting Line

Several shops tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada) set the point spread at -4 for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs . NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Computer Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick

A 29-26 result in favor of the Fighting Illini is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Illinois Fighting Illini have seen them go 6-6 and 5-7 ATS so far this season, while the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are at 8-5 and 10-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 7-5-1, while the Fighting Illini are 7-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Louisiana Tech vs Illinois injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs rated this week at No. 9 and the Illinois Fighting Illini sitting at No. 99.

How Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Stats Matchup

The game also pits Louisiana Tech's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 37.54 PPG, against a Illinois defense that ranks No. 107 this week at 33.92 PPG. The Louisiana Tech aerial game is averaging 252.62 yards per game, more than the Illinois Fighting Illini secondary allows through the air, 214.75 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Illinois Fighting Illini own the league's No. 126-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 310.8 yards per game when on the road. Louisiana Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 66 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Reilly O'Toole tore up the turf for 147 rushing yards in the latest Fighting Illini game, a 47-33 win over the Wildcats at Ryan Field.

Kenneth Dixon ran through the Marshall defense for 156 yards in Louisiana Tech's last game, but the Bulldogs still lost a 26-23 decision at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Betting Odds Trends

Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Illinois's last 9 games
Louisiana Tech is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Louisiana Tech is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games