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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Texas Longhorns Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Football Betting Preview – August 31 2019

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Texas Longhorns Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Football Betting Preview – August 31 2019

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs’ (+700 to win C-USA) best opportunity to get the committee’s attention comes early this season, as they are scheduled to take on the No. 10 Texas Longhorns (+300 to win the Big 12) in enemy territory. Will the Bulldogs pull off a shock upset? Or will Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns kick off their season with a bang rather than a thud?

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Betting Preview for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Texas Longhorns Week 1 College Football Game on August 31 2019

Where: Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin

When: Saturday, August 31 , 2019, 8:00 PM ET

Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (+20.5) vs.  Texas Longhorns (-20.5) – view all 2019 NCAAF lines

TV Broadcast: Longhorn Network

Betting on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)

The Bulldogs’ offense was nothing to write home about in 2018, but this 2019 should be better for Louisiana Tech’s attack. For one, they will have returning and senior quarterback J’Mar Smith along with a receiving corps that’s loaded with experience. Last season, Smith passed for 3.160 passing yards and 15 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Those picks should go down with a matured group of targets. The Bulldogs’ passing attack should play well against Texas’ secondary that has some questions in it heading into the new season. The Longhorns have revamped that part of their defense plus their defensive line that lacks experience. The Bulldogs’ offensive line should also be good enough to make rooms for running back Jaqwis Dancy to burst through. 

The Bulldogs are 5-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games.

Betting on the Texas Longhorns (0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)

Sure, the Bulldogs’ offensive line isn’t something to scoff at, but that doesn;t mean that the young defensive line of Texas will not be able to use their superior athleticism and speed to negate whatever they lack in experience, as they try to muscle through the Louisiana’s pass protection — especially with the Bulldogs about to introduce two new starting tackles. But enough of the Longhorns’ defense, the real key to success for the program lies in their own pocket. That’s junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger Jr., who is expected to take the next level and be the next flagship signal-caller of the Big 12 following the departures of Will Grier of the West Virginia Mountaineers and Kyler Murray of the Oklahoma Sooners. In 2018, Ehlinger collected 3,296 passing yards and 25 touchdowns and also added 482 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs. If lofty expectations of Ehlinger are true, it’s going to be a very long night for the Bulldogs.

The under is 4-0 in the Longhorns’ last four games.

Writer’s Prediction

The Longhorns win, 34-17.

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