Utah State (8-2) @ #20 Louisiana Tech (9-1)
Saturday, November 17
Louisiana Tech Offense vs Utah State Defense
Louisiana Tech has one of the best offenses in the nation, statistically speaking. They like to run the spread, hurry-up offense with a balance of quick passes and running plays out of the shotgun. They are averaging 576 total yards per game, which ranks #1 in the country. Utah State's defense will certainly have their hands full on Saturday, but the Aggies are very capable of slowing the potent La Tech offense down. Utah State ranks 1st in the WAC in total defense, and 6th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing only 13.5 points per game. Louisiana Tech will probably move the ball on Utah State throughout most of the night, but don't expect the Aggies to give up anything easy. Utah State is coming off of a bye week, so they have had two weeks to prepare for this dynamic Louisiana Tech offense. Expect some of that preparation to pay off on Saturday.
Utah State Offense vs Louisiana Tech Defense
For as good as Louisiana Tech's offense is, their defense is downright awful. The Bulldogs rank #105 in scoring defense, and #120 in total defense. Last week, against a subpar Texas State offense that ranks #101 in total yards, Louisiana Tech was shredded for 597 yards and 55 points. Texas State has the same shotgun, "run and gun" offense that Utah State likes to run, and the Aggies have been much more effective at it this season. Utah State has an extremely balanced offense that ranks 31st in the nation in total yardage. They are led by QB, Chuckie Keeton, who ranks 17th in the nation in passer rating, having totaled 23 TDs and 7 INTs while completing over 68% of his passes. Keeton, and the rest of the Aggies' offense should have a lot of success through theon Saturday afternoon.
Even though Utah State has covered the spread in every game this season, they continue to be undervalued by the public. In my opinion, Utah State is more deserving of a top 25 ranking than Louisiana Tech. In fact, LA Tech's strength of schedule ranks #112 in the nation, while Utah State ranks #54. The Aggies have posted good wins on the road at Utah early in the season, and demolishing WAC contender San Jose State also. The extra week of preparation will really help Utah State in this game, and I have them winning and covering on Saturday afternoon. TAKE UTAH STATE -3.