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Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas 12/3/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Louisiana Tech visits North Texas on 12/3/2020 at 6:00PM.

Louisiana Tech and North Texas face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Louisiana Tech has a record of 4-3 this season. North Texas is 3-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Louisiana Tech Team Defense Preview

Louisiana Tech has had 81 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.65 plays per drive. Louisiana Tech lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Louisiana Tech has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 50.00% of their opponents’ play calls.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Louisiana Tech is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Louisiana Tech can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.79 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Louisiana Tech is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Louisiana Tech Team Offense Preview

Louisiana Tech has had 81 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.22 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Louisiana Tech is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Louisiana Tech passes the football 56.74% of the time.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are going to pass the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

Louisiana Tech struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.49 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Louisiana Tech Offense this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Louisiana Tech is a better passing team than running team this season.

North Texas Team Defense Preview

North Texas has had 83 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.57 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. North Texas has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays make up 49.78% of their opponents’ play calls.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.44 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. North Texas has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

North Texas Team Offense Preview

North Texas has had 85 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.39 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. North Texas has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. North Texas passes the football 47.38% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.47 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

North Texas has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. North Texas is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. North Texas has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Louisiana Tech Roster

The Players to Watch for Louisiana Tech

Luke Anthony QB 6-1 210

This season, Luke Anthony has put up 1208 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 140.0thus far this season. Luke Anthony has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Luke Anthony has -26.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 6.69 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 41.0 times this season, which puts him in the 79.94 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Israel Tucker RB 5-8 200

This season, Israel Tucker has 336 rushing yards on 82 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Israel Tucker picked up 34 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 8 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Adrian Hardy WR 6-2 205

This season, Adrian Hardy picked up 440 yards. He caught the ball 33 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Milton Williams DL 6-4 278

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Louisiana Tech, Milton Williams has 34 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 10 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 98.34 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 94.33 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Bee Jay Williamson DB 6-1 185.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Louisiana Tech, Bee Jay Williamson had 45 tackles which puts him in the 94.17 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 32.6 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Bee Jay Williamson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 3 passes last season, which puts him in the 98.42 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The North Texas Roster

The Players to Watch for North Texas

Austin Aune QB 6-2 216

This season, Austin Aune has put up 1348 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 138.9thus far this season. Austin Aune has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Austin Aune has 7.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 35.67 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 22.0 times this season, which puts him in the 60.99 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Deandre Torrey RB 5-7 195

This season, Deandre Torrey has 600 rushing yards on 98 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Deandre Torrey picked up 10 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 2 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaelon Darden WR 5-9 174

This season, Jaelon Darden picked up 882 yards. He caught the ball 58 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 12 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dion Novil DL 6-4 330

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for North Texas, Dion Novil has 36 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 8 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 96.72 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 82.47 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Makyle Sanders S 6-0 210.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for North Texas, Makyle Sanders had 42 tackles which puts him in the 92.81 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 32.6 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Makyle Sanders as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 84.49 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Louisiana Tech 35 North Texas 36

Spread Pick: North Texas +3 -125 Will Hill
Moneyline Pick: North Texas +125 Will Hill
Total Pick: Over 66 -107 Pinnacle Sports