The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have had a rough season, but they can close with a winning record and extend the nation's longest bowl win streak with a victory against the Georgia Southern Eagles on Wednesday in the 2020 New Orleans Bowl. The Bulldogs (5-4) have won six consecutive bowl games, including this game in 2015, and they have won two of three to close the season, ending it with a 52-10 loss to TCU. The Eagles (7-5) are playing in their fourth bowl since moving to the FBS in 2014.
Kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Eagles as a 6.5-point favorite in its latest Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern odds, and the over-under for total points scored is set at 48.5. Before you lock in your Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana Tech picks, check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern:
- Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern: Eagles -6.5
- Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern over-under: 48.5
- Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern money line: Bulldogs +205, Eagles -250
- LT: WR Smoke Harris has at least five receptions in five of his seven starts.
- GSU: RB Logan Wright has 229 yards and three TDs over the past three games.
Why Georgia Southern can cover
Georgia Southern is 5-2 against the spread in its past seven non-conference games, and the Eagles rely heavily on one of the nation's most relentless running games. They pound out 260.5 yards per game on the ground, ranking seventh in the nation. Quarterback Shai Werts is the leader with 649 rushing yards, but he missed the previous two games with a shoulder injury. He could be back under center for his final game with Georgia Southern.
The Eagles, who have covered the spread in their last five against a team with a winning record, should move the ball no matter who is at QB. Running backs Logan Wright (565 yards) and Gerald Green (336) average more than 6.0 yards per carry, and the Bulldogs allow 184.6 rushing yards per game (88th in FBS). The Louisiana Tech offense ranks 113th in the nation in total yards (325.1), while the Eagles defense ranks 19th (333.5) and has 22 takeaways.
Why Louisiana Tech can cover
Louisiana Tech is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven against Sun Belt teams, and Skip Holtz will have his team ready. He is going for his 150th win as a head coach, and the Bulldogs averaged more than 35 points in the three games before the setback against TCU. Quarterback Luke Anthony has thrown for 1,479 yards and 16 TDs, and GSU's strength on defense is against the run. It ranks 50th against the pass, allowing more than 221 yards per game.
Smoke Harris is the top receiver for the Bulldogs, who are 5-1 ATS in their last six games at a neutral site. He has 35 receptions and four touchdowns, and Griffin Hebert averages 14.5 yards per catch. The Bulldogs defense relies on takeaways and has nine interceptions, led by Bee Jay Williamson (three), Cedric Woods (two) and Ezekiel Barnett (two). Linebackers Tyler Grubbs (team-high 84 tackles) and Trey Baldwin (sack, interception) make plays all over the field.
How to make Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana Tech picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, suggesting the teams will combine for nearly 60 points. It also says one side of the spread is hitting in well over 60 percent of the simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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