Conference USA Week 6 Overview: Louisiana Tech Blazes A Trail Over UAB

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 3:09 PM UTC

The C-USA conference campaign is just getting started but the winner between UAB and Louisiana Tech will have a leg up in the West Division and be able to control their destiny the rest of the way.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check UAB - Louisiana Tech Odds"><strong>UAB (3-1 SU and ATS) at Louisiana Tech (3-1 SU and ATS)</strong></a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET (Stadium)</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NCAAF Pick: Louisiana Tech covers</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" target="_blank" title="Check This Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></strong></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3448972, "sportsbooksIds":[238,1096,43,349,19], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Coming off a shocking bowl appearance after giving up in football, UAB will continue to try and define the odds. Other than one poor outing against Coastal Carolina, the Blazers are a sharp 3-0 SU and ATS and have won by 26.6 PPG.</p><p>Louisiana Tech stunned then undefeated North Texas on the road 29-27 as 7.5-point underdogs, blocking a field goal attempt with just 33 seconds remaining. But for coach Skip Holtz, covering the spread away from home has become the norm.</p><p>Holtz and his troops change roles, as the <a href="" target="_blank" title="The SBS odds pages have all the best numbers from all the best sportsbooks. ">college football odds</a> have them as 8-point home favorites this time. After road covers at Baton Rouge and Denton, TX, will Louisiana Tech be a little flat even for what might prove to be an important confrontation?</p><p> </p><h2><strong>The Blazers Have To Remain Balanced On Offense and Defend Pass</strong></h2><p>UAB head coach Bill Clark is the reason they are playing football again in Birmingham. His dedication is a completely different article. On offense, the Blazers are committed to the run, averaging 46 attempts at 5.2 yards a clip and they are 22nd in the nation at 239 yards.</p><p>But this is not all UAB does and quarterback A.J. Erdely has his offense throwing for 201 YPG. When the Blazers can run and pass, they are hard to beat.</p><p>With Louisiana Tech at nearly 300 YPG passing, how Clark's team defends the pass with coverage and pass rush will decide their fate.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Bulldogs Also Prefer a Ground and Air Attack</strong></h2><p>Louisiana Tech is more of a short passing team but they do not give up on running the pigskin. The Bulldogs average 40 passes and 35 run attempts. Quarterback J'Mar Smith throws a nice catchable ball and 13 different players have caught passes. The best of the bunch is Adrian Hardy with 26 receptions, four that went for touchdowns.</p><p>Israel Tucker is the go-to running back, but Jaqwis Dancy averages 9 YPC and has found the end zone four times.</p><p>Louisiana Tech held up against the LSU rushing offense at 4.5 YPC and if they can make UAB a throwing team, they advance their chances.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>The Most Likely Outcome</strong></h2><p>As mentioned, this is not Louisiana Tech's best role with Holtz as coach. However, they do have the ability to slow the UAB ground game since they permit 3.8 YPC.</p><p>Also, the Louisiana Tech offense keeps moving the chains and this will frustrate the Blazers defense.</p><p>That is why for <a href="" target="_blank" title="Free college football picks that can lead you to winners from SBR. ">college football picks</a> the Bulldogs will get the call and win by 12.</p><p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Doug's 2018 CFB Record: 6-4</strong></em></p><h2><strong>Around Conference USA</strong></h2><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Middle Tennessee - Marshall Odds"><strong>Middle Tennessee at Marshall (-6.5), Friday 7:30 p.m. ET, on CBSSN: </strong></a>Both clubs won conference openers by three points or less last week. Marshall has won and covered both previous home matchups and is a sterling 17-5 ATS at home having won three out of their last four games. The Blue Raiders are 1-8 ATS on the road off a spread winner.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Old Dominion - Florida Atlantic Odds"><strong>Old Dominion at Florida Atlantic (-15), 5:00 p.m. ET, on Stadium: </strong></a>Old Dominion almost engineered another upset at East Carolina, but lost 37-35, catching seven-points. However, the Monarchs are 0-8 ATS after allowing 525 or more total yards over two games. FAU is nearly as bad at 1-11 ATS off a conference loss by three points or less.</p><p> </p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check UTSA - Rice Odds">UTSA at Rice (-2), 7:00 p.m. ET, on ESPN2:</a> </strong>After a 0-3 start, UTSA has won two straight, though they have been a backer's nightmare at 0-5 ATS. Rice has dropped three straight to the Roadrunners, but the Owls covered two of those and is 5-1 ATS vs. UTSA.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check North Texas - UTEP Odds"><strong>North Texas at UTEP (+25.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, on beIN: </strong></a>North Texas was stunned by Louisana Tech, as it's game-winning field goal was blocked in 29-27 loss. The Mean Green is still 10-4 ATS after passing for 280 or more yards. UTEP comes in a dismal 7-21-1 ATS versus winning teams.</p>
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