Thursday College Football Picks: Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky

Troy West

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 8:50 PM GMT

Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky meet Thursday night for the evening's lone NCAAF matchup, and we are here to help you lock in your College Football Picks. Find out how we have decided to bet this tight spread?

It may only be Week 2, but Conference USA is already staging one of its most important—and compelling—games of the regular season. SBR's College Football odds currently show LaTech installed as a 1 point road fav with the total of 61.5

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Western Kentucky and La Tech are two of the main contenders from the East and West Divisions, respectively. And whoever is still unbeaten by Friday morning joins Marshall as a co-favorite to capture the league title. The subplot involves the quarterbacks, a sneaky-good duel between record-setting Hilltopper Brandon Doughty and former blue-chip Florida recruit Jeff Driskel. Week 1 left a lot of unanswered questions about both teams; Western Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt, but didn’t look good doing it. La Tech’s rout came at the expense of FCS Southern.

Lets examine the LaTech Bulldogs. The Bulldogs don’t have many holes, especially with Driskel under center. RB Kenneth Dixon can carry an offense, and the defense is well-fortified upfront and on the back end. Both teams can score. However, La Tech is the more consistent and opportunistic D, thanks in large part to the play of DT Vernon Butler, DE Vontarrius Dora and a secondary capable of confusing Doughty.

Lets now examine the Western Ky Hilltoppers. Doughty is proven. After one game, Driskel still has a lot to prove. It’s one thing to dissect Southern in Ruston, but it’s another thing entirely to go on the road to play a Hilltopper team coming off its best defensive effort in ages. Doughty is in complete control of Jeff Brohm’s attack, and he’s aided by a talented group of backs and receivers.

Can anyone on the Western Kentucky D exploit Louisiana Tech rookie right tackle, Shane Carpenter? The Hilltoppers start three seniors up front, including UAB transfer DT Jontavius Morris. After notching just one sack last week, WKU wants to pressure Driskel into the kinds of mistakes that were so common for him in Gainesville.

Western Kentucky is going to be tough, even more so at L.T. Smith Stadium. But the defenses cannot be forgotten in a matchup of this magnitude. And La Tech has the more reliable D from back to front. In a shootout dictated by the offenses, the Bulldogs will create a late turnover that seals a pivotal road win.

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All the early money in this one has come in on LaTech, and we are looking to follow the trends with our college football picks here as well. Take the LATECH BullDogs in this game. 

Free College Football Pick: Bet Lousiana Tech -1.5 at Betonline

Final Score Predictions: LaTech 35  Wky 24