Louisiana Tech (@13.0) vs Texas (@1.02)

Our Prediction:

Texas will win

Louisiana Tech – Texas Match Prediction | 27-08-2019 20:00

They ran 563 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. They were 34th in the nation in points scored with 435. The Texas Longhorns were penalized on offense 104 times for 938 yards last season, which had them 6th in the country in penalties. As a team they accumulated a total of 328 1st downs last year, placing them 12th overall as an offensive unit. They ran 1,039 plays last season for 5,769 yards, which ranked them 24th in Division 1 in total offense. Texas averaged 5.6 yards per play, which was 77th in college football. The Longhorns ran for 2,155 yards as a team last year, which ranked 68th in college football.

They ran 438 times, averaging 3.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were 88th in the country in points scored with 321 last season. On the ground Louisiana Tech ran for 1,687 yards, which ranked 106th in college football. The Bulldogs averaged 5.4 yards per play, which was 94th in the nation. They ran 914 plays last year for 4,932 yards, which ranked them 40th in Division 1 in total offense. As a team they accumulated a total of 269 1st downs last season, ranking them 67th overall as an offensive unit. The Bulldogs were penalized on offense 60 times for 586 yards last year, which had them 110th in the country in penalties.

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Techs defense is returning several 2018 standouts. Texas starting QB Sam Ehlinger may be good enough to led the Longhorns to the straight-up win. And wide receiver Adrian Hardy (75 receptions for 1,145 yards and six TDs). Unlike Texas, La. As are running backs Jaqwis Dancy and Israel Tucker (who combined for 1,044 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 219 carries). There is, mind you, still a chasm in between, but it may not be, you know, 21-point wide. And on offense, quarterback JMar Smith is also returning. Including cornerback Amik Robertson (four interceptions and 12 passes defended), LJarius Sneed (three picks, broke up eight passes), linebacker Collin Scott (87 tackles), and safety James Jackson (74). All things considered, I would say theres a bridging of the gap between the two programs. But, as far as covering the spread goes well, to quote Terry Bradshaw, he aint that good.

That ranked them 86th in the NCAA in punting average. They returned 26 kicks for 486 yards on special teams, which put them 95th in kick return yardage. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs tried 22 field goals last year and made 16, which was 46th in college football. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs kickers made 97% of their extra points, going 38 for 39 last season. They totaled 111 punt return yards and averaged 11 yards per return, which was 38th in D-1. Their punters accumulated 2,688 yards on 68 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. Louisiana Tech was 117th in the country in punt returns with 10 last season. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 68%. The Bulldogs averaged 19 yards per kick return and they were 84th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 5,529.

Texas will and should obviously be the favorite here as theyre the better team with Ehlinger leading the charge. I think Texas wins this game, but three touchdowns is asking a lot I think. Louisiana Tech has a history of hanging tough on the road, and this is a Bulldogs offense that remains mostly in tact from last season. However, while the Longhorn defense is talented, they still will need some time to gel together after having to almost completely re-tool their starting lineup. Ill take a shot with the Bulldogs and the points in this one.


Kelly took Diaco with him when he moved to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish finished the year second in points allowed per game (12.8) and went to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. The programs defensive success did not go unnoticed. For example, the Miami Hurricanes were impressed enough to snatch defensive coordinator Blake Baker away. The Bulldogs ranked No. In turn, La. Diaco had since receded into obscurity. Diaco was the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati in 2009 under head coach Brian Kelly. Cincinnati finished the season ranking 44th in points allowed per game (23.1) and 23rd in sacks (37.0). Tech hired Bob Diaco to fill the spot. 27 in total defense, allowing 23.0 points, 191.6 passing yards, and 149.7 rushing yards per game.

As a team, Texas averaged 411.6 yards of total offense and 31.1 points per game while allowing 393.6 yards and 25.9 points per game last season. Keaontay Ingram will be tasked to lead Texas ground attack after logging 708 yards and 3 touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry. The Texas Longhorns will look to build on one of the more successful seasons in recent memory, finishing the year with a 10-4 overall record, including a 7-2 Big 12 conference play record, finishing in 2nd in the Big 12 standings and earning a ticket to the Big 12 title game, a game that Texas lost to Oklahoma. Collin Johnson returns to lead Texas receiving corps after logging 68 grabs for 985 yards and 7 touchdowns while Josh Moore and Devin Duvernay will be expected to bolster the Longhorns pass-catching group. Sam Ehlinger is back as the face of Longhorn football after throwing for 3,292 yards, 25 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 64.7% passing while also finishing 2nd on the team in rushing as Texas short-yardage specialist, finishing with 482 rushing yards and 16 rushing scores. Defensively, the Longhorns return just three starters, while 4 of the top 5 and 7 of the top 12 tacklers from last season are gone. Malcolm Roach will be tasked with getting pressure up front, while the secondary boasts some solid talent with the likes of Brandon Jones, who returns as Texas top returning tackler with 70 tackles last season. The Longhorns received an invite to the Sugar Bowl where Texas took down Georgia by a final score of 28-21.

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That ranked them 125th in college football. Texas committed 90 penalties for 946 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. The Texas Longhorns pass defense also gave up a total of 3,660 yards through the air, which was 128th overall in total pass defense. The Texas Longhorns rush defense allowed 484 attempts for 1,854 yards last year, putting them in 42nd place in D-1 against the run. Opposing offenses completed 300 passes on 494 attempts against the Texas defense last season, placing them 126th and 129th in Division 1. They surrendered a total of 5,513 yards on D, which was 98th in the country. The Longhorns were ranked 60th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. They were 79th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 363.

Texas defense was nowhere near as good as that of Louisiana Techs. What was left was one of the worst Texas defenses in recent memory. By way of comparison, the 2015 Longhorns defense lost 200 combined starts. And it currently does not appear to be very deep either. The Longhorns lost eight defensive starters who had previously combined for 233 starts and 366 games. Lowlights included 452.6 total yards and 219.2 rushing yards allowed per game, and 30.3 points allowed per game. Quandre Diggs, Cedric Reed, Mykkele Thompson, Steve Edmond, Malcom Brown and Jordan Hicks all exited stage left.

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and producewinners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.