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College Football Betting Preview: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs SMU Mustangs

September 2, 2023


The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs finished last season with a record of 3-9 and a record of 2-6 in Conference USA. The Bulldogs have already won their first game of the season with a 22-17 win at home against the Florida International Panthers in week 0 of the college football season, however, the Bulldogs did not get the cover in the game as Louisiana Tech was a 12-point favorite at home.

The Bulldogs scored 22 points while gaining 446 total yards offensively, 333 passing yards, and 113 rushing yards. Hank Bachmeier led the team in passing completing 34 of 44 attempts for 333 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Charvis Thornton led the team in rushing with eight carries for 51 yards. Smoke Harris led the team in receiving, catching all 11 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown.

The SMU Mustangs finished last season with a record of 7-6 overall and a record of 5-3 in the AAC which led to a tie for 4th place in the AAC and the Mustangs making a bowl game for the 2nd consecutive season and finishing with a winning record of the 4th consecutive year. The Mustangs will have two new Co-Offensive Coordinators Jonathan Brewer and Rob Likens will serve alongside Casey Woods. This season, the SMU Mustangs enter the season with an over/under win total of 8 wins which means the Mustangs are projected to make a bowl game for the 3rd consecutive year and based on Vegas odds are projected to be the 2nd best team in the AAC Conference as they are only projected to finish behind the Tulane Green Wave as the Mustangs are +225 to win the AAC Conference this season.

BookMaker has the SMU Mustangs listed as 20-point favorites at home against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday in week 1 of the college football season. Louisiana Tech has won four of the six games all-time and two of the last three games in the series while winning by an average score of 40-18 all-time and 43 to 19.67 in the last three games in the series while going 5-1 ATS all-time and 3-0 ATS in the last three games. Louisiana Tech is 0-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 6-6 ATS overall, 1-6 ATS on the road, and 4-4 ATS as an underdog while SMU finished 5-8 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, and 4-4 ATS as a favorite.

Louisiana Tech is 1-0 this season, however, the Bulldogs failed to cover the spread as a 12-point favorite against a team Louisiana Tech should have dominated. The SMU Mustangs are projected to be the 2nd best team in the AAC this season as they are +225 to win the conference championship. However, Louisiana Tech has been the better team in the series winning four of the six games all-time and two of the last three games while going 5-1 ATS all-time in the series. As a result, I am taking the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +20 on the road against the SMU Mustangs on Saturday in week 1 of the college football season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +20