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Week 5 odds - Black Knights vs. Bulldogs

Army Black KnightsLouisiana Tech Bulldogs
1-3September 28, 2013, 04:00 | Cotton Bowl1-3

Army visits Louisiana Tech on Saturday, hoping to send the Bulldogs to a loss while also covering the spread in NCAAF action at Cotton Bowl.

They battle the Black Knights, currently with a 1-3 mark (1-3 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 0-4 for the Bulldogs and 1-3 for the Black Knights.

View Army Black Knights vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The Black Knights were listed as 1-point Underdog on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulldogs rated this week at No. 49 and the Black Knights sitting at No. 110. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 14-11 result in favor of the Bulldogs this week.

Army was a 25-11 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wake Forest. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (36) made winners of UNDER bettors. Kenneth Dixon went over the 100-yard mark (129) in his team's latest effort, but Kansas still defeated Louisiana Tech by a score of 13-10.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Louisiana Tech's No. 113-ranked offense, averaging 16.5 PPG, against a Black Knights defense that ranks No. 76 this week at 27.75 PPG. The Bulldogs aerial game is averaging 199.5 yards per game, more than the Black Knights secondary allows through the air, 194.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Black Knights feature the league's No. 56-rated road run defense, allowing 177 yards per game. Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, ranks No. 63 in rushing offense at home.

A few Black Knights at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Army is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Army is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Army's last 5 games
Louisiana Tech is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Louisiana Tech is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
Louisiana Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Louisiana Tech's last 17 games

Next up:
Army at Boston College, Saturday, October 5th
Louisiana Tech at Texas El Paso, Saturday, October 5th