Free Week 1 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Longhorns Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Texas Longhorns (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31st 2019
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: DKR Stadium, Austin, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Texas -21
NCAA Betting Total: 55
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Louisiana Tech has been a consistently solid team under Skip Holtz for the last five years. They’ve made it to a bowl game and they’ve won in all five appearances, as well.
This year, they start off with a tough opponent, but they’ll be up to the challenge.
The Texas Longhorns will look to start off the season 1-0 for the first time under Tom Herman. And then they can focus onto the week after when LSU rumbles on into Austin.
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Just based off the matchup this is good for both teams. Texas’ strength is their offense. Louisiana Tech’s strength is their defense.
Texas’ weakness is their defense and Louisiana Tech’s weakness is their offense. It’s a good matchup for both teams to get an idea of where they are as they start off competitive play.
Louisiana Tech couldn’t get much going offensively last year and, more than likely, they won’t be able to get much going for them this year as a whole. But, they will see where there at going up against a talent, but very green Texas defense.
Same goes for their defense. They’ll be up against an offense that should be able to put up the points consistently with Sam Ehlinger leading the charge for the Longhorns.
This a defense that is very experienced, especially in the secondary, and we’ll see how they stack up in the opener against Texas.
This is year three under Tom Herman and the Longhorns will be trying to start the year 1-0 for the first time. The good news is that they aren’t playing Maryland, so that should help.
Texas should have no problems with Louisiana Tech and it’s a good way to start the year before facing off against LSU. The Longhorns lost a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and there will be some growing pains.
The good news is the Longhorns have a Heisman candidate at quarterback in Sam Ehlinger who will carry this team. How far Texas goes will depend on how Ehlinger plays.
For me, personally, I think this is the year Texas breaks through and wins the Big 12 and joins the College Football Playoff. Texas will have their problems on the defensive side of the ball, but virtually every other team has an achilles heel and Texas has a really favorable schedule.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Texas is 3-2 ATS in their last five games
- Louisiana Tech is 2-3 ATS in their last five games
- Louisiana Tech over is 4-1 in their last five week one games
- Texas under is 4-1 in their last five games
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Texas has had a habit of playing up and down to their opponent. I think it’s safe to say Texas will win, but it might be closer and uglier than you might expect.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Over 55
Offensively, I think Texas will put up the points, but the defensively I could see them giving up a couple of big plays. The Longhorns have had a tendency over the last couple of years to blow a coverage here or there.
I’m not confident in taking the inferior team, but I’m not confident in Texas in covering either. The over might be the best play in this spot. I think Ehlinger gets his Heisman watch off to an early start.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Texas 45 – Louisiana Tech 20
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