Louisiana Tech Favored Over Utah State with WAC Championship on the Line
WAC title implications will be on the line when Utah State travels to take on Louisiana Tech Saturday. A win on the road and the Aggies (8-2, 4-0) would clinch the WAC championship. The Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0) would earn at least a share of the title with a win with a key matchup against San Jose St. still remaining.
Yes, the WAC is a second-tier conference that won’t even be in existence next year, but this one should be fun. It features one of the most explosive offenses in the nation in Louisiana Tech going head-to-head with an Aggies defense that is statistically also among the nation’s best.
The college football odds have Louisiana Tech installed as a 3-point home favorite against the Aggies. The over/under is posted at 72 points, so most people don’t seem to see Tech’s high-powered offense getting slowed too much this week.
With that said, one of the more amazing stats of this game is Utah St. has yet to be beaten by the spread this year. They have a record of 9-0-1 ATS this season with the lone blemish being a 31-29 win over Colorado St. as a 12-point road favorite back in September.
Louisiana Tech has just one loss on the season—a 59-57 heart-breaker in October to then-No. 22 Texas A&M, the same team that just knocked off formerly unbeaten No. 1 Alabama.
Louisiana Tech’s up tempo attack is led by quarterback Colby Cameron, who has completed 71 percent of his passes while throwing for over 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. Weapons at his disposal include running back Kenneth Dixon, who has ran for more than 1,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in a brilliant freshman season; and wide receiver Quinton Patton, who has caught 83 balls for 1,086 yards and 11 touchdowns.
That trio has combined to help the Bulldogs lead the nation in yards per game at 576.5 and have them second in scoring with 53.4 points a game.
Utah St. has won four straight games since dropping a 6-3 decision to in-state rival BYU earlier this year. The Aggies only other loss came against Wisconsin of the Big 10, 16-14.
The Aggies will try and counter Tech’s potent offense with an elite defense and balance offensive attack. The Aggies ‘D’ is ranked sixth in the nation in points allowed at just 13.5 a game. Offensively, the Aggies can move the ball both with the arm of quarterback Chuckie Keeton and the legs of Kerwynn Williams, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this year with nine touchdowns.
Louisiana Tech will have its hands full, but they are the defending champs of the WAC and should be a little more comfortable in a big-game than the upstart Aggies, who haven’t won a conference title of any kind since 1997. Look for Tech to move the ball on the Aggies stingy defense and cover the 3-point line.