Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#125 Louisiana Tech 54.5 vs.
#126 Southern Miss -5
Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 7:30pm EDT
Written by Scott Reichel

This Saturday, there will be a college football matchup between two Conference USA teams as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs travel to M. M. Roberts Stadium to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. This game will be taking place at 7:30 P.M. EST and it will be the first conference game of the season for both teams.

Bulldogs Finally Get To Start The 2020 Season

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs enter this season following a very successful 2019 campaign. Last season, Louisiana Tech managed to win ten games including a victory against Miami FL in the Independence Bowl. According to projections, Louisiana Tech is expected to take a bit of a step back but should still win approximately eight games so it should once again be in contention for a C-USA title. However, its season opener was supposed to be last weekend but ended up getting postponed so it will finally be able to start the 2020 season this Saturday.

Leading the Bulldogs offensively is senior running back Justin Henderson who was extremely solid last season as he had 1,062 rushing yards along with 15 rushing touchdowns. In addition, he had 24 receptions for 200 receiving yards so he is a threat in several areas of the offense.

Louisiana Tech's defense will be led by senior linebacker Ezekiel Barnett who was pretty good last season. In 2019, he recorded 59 tackles (27 solo) along with four sacks and one interception. Now, Barnett will be looking to put together an even better statistical season as one of the veteran leaders of this defense.

Southern Miss Switches Head Coaches

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles entered this season with the hopes of competing for a conference championship. Last season, Southern Miss managed to win seven games before losing to Tulane in the Armed Forces Bowl. However, the 2020 season got off to a horrible start as it lost at home as double-digit favorites to South Alabama. As a result, its head coach resigned and Scotty Walden was named the interim coach which is a bit concerning since he only has Division III head coaching experience. Regardless, Southern Miss will now be looking to get back to a .500 record with another home game up next.

Leading the Golden Eagles offensively is senior quarterback Jack Abraham who was pretty good in the first game of the season as he had 214 passing yards along with 28 rushing yards. However, he had zero touchdowns so he will be looking to record his first touchdown pass of 2020 on Saturday.

Southern Miss' defense will be led by sophomore defensive back Malik Shorts who was pretty good in the first game of the season as he recorded a team-high 11 tackles. This performance was even more surprising when one considers the fact that he only recorded 21 tackles in 2019. Now, he will be looking to surpass his entire total from last season with another solid performance on Saturday.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Louisiana Tech had its first game of the season canceled last week but Southern Miss is dealing with a huge distraction so I have to take the points with the underdog in this spot. Southern Miss lost as a huge favorite in its first game and its head coach resigned so I cannot expect the Golden Eagles to suddenly play well for a brand new head coach. Plus, Louisiana Tech was a very solid team last season and it brings back a decent amount of its roster so I think that it has a serious shot to win this game. Give me the underdog.

Prediction: Louisiana Tech +5

Full-Game Total Pick

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Even though money has come in on the over for this game, I think that this total is now a bit too high so there is a lot of value on the under in this spot. Louisiana Tech has not played a game yet this season so I expect there to be some timing issues offensively. At the same time, Southern Miss' offense only scored 21 points against South Alabama so I do not think that its offense is that impressive which bodes well for the under. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 28-24 so I have to take the under.

Prediction: Under 57.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Southern Miss suffered an embarrassing loss in its season opener and then decided to get rid of the head coach so I have no faith in the Golden Eagles. The interim head coach has no Division I head coaching experience and the actual team did not look very good so I think that this line is a bit too high. Louisiana Tech has a decent amount of offensive weapons and I think that it should be able to score just enough points over the first 30 minutes in order to cover the first half spread. Give me the underdog as a result.

Prediction: Louisiana Tech 1H +3

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.