Free Week 8 Prediction: Golden Eagles vs. Bulldogs Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(4-2) Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 19th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, Louisiana
NCAA Football Spread: Southern Mississippi -1
NCAA Betting Total: 57.5
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This week eight matchup will see the Southern Miss Golden Eagles taking on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
This is a huge Conference USA game because both teams are 2-0 in the conference and they both play in the same division.
Southern Miss has won the last four meetings against Louisiana Tech, going back to 2015.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles have overall been very good this season. Their only two losses came against SEC opponents early in the season. They most recently beat North Texas 45-27.
Their offense had success last week, putting up 563 total yards of offense. Their passing offense was where they did the most damage, as their quarterback threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over either, so that helped the Golden Eagles put away the Mean Green in the third quarter.
The Golden Eagles are scoring an average of 30.5 points this year. This is ranked 57th in the country. Granted they got blasted by Alabama and Mississippi State where they did not score more than 15 points in those two games.
They have picked up their scoring recently in their conference games. In just two games against C-USA opponents, they have averaged 38 points, while averaging 541.5 total yards per game. Their passing offense is clearly top notch and they average 386 yards per game in their conference games.
Defensively, the Golden Eagles have improved significantly. It is hard to take into account the two games against SEC opponents because they were clearly out-matched from the start.
They have allowed just 15 points per game over the past two weeks, which have both come against conference opponents. This will probably be the hardest conference team they have faced so far, and they must find a way to stop the pass.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are coming off a non-conference game in which they dominated UMass. The score to this game was 69-21.
The offense was rolling in this game, putting up 689 yards of total offense. Their run game was on fire, rushing for 385 yards on just 38 carries. They averaged 10.1 yards per carry, which is just crazy to think about.
On the season, they are scoring 34 points per game, but in the conference, they average 33 points per game. This is not much of a difference, but it should be noted that they only scored 23 points against a very bad Rice team a few weeks ago. They run and pass the ball well, so look for a balanced game-plan against the Golden Eagles.
The defense has also been solid, allowing just 23 points per game. Again, in conference games, their defense has allowed a little more at 25.5, but this was because they allowed 31 points to Florida International.
The Bulldogs must stop the pass for the Golden Eagles or their five-game win streak will likely come to an end.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Southern Miss are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Louisiana Tech.
- Southern Miss are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Conference USA
- Louisiana Tech are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 8.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
This game should be very tight because both sides are good for being Group of 5 schools. I think the passing offense will be too much for the Bulldogs to handle and the Golden Eagles will take control of the Conference USA West division.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Southern Mississippi -1
I like the Golden Eagles to win this game on the road and to continue to dominate the Bulldogs.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Southern Mississippi 31 – Louisiana Tech 21
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