College football odds: Tulane at Louisiana Tech

One of three college football betting options on Thursday night is a nationally televised Fox Sports 1 matchup between Conference USA rivals Tulane and Louisiana Tech, with Tech opening as a 7.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.

Tulane opened with a 34-7 win over Jackson State but lost on Saturday 41-39 against South Alabama. Junior quarterback Nick Montana posted the first 300-yard passing game of his Green Wave career and senior wide receiver Ryan Grant tallied career highs with 14 catches for 187 yards, but it was not enough.

The Green Wave (1-1) fell behind 28-7 early in the second quarter and rallied back to take a 33-31 advantage midway through the third quarter only to see South Alabama (1-1) score the game’s next 10 points. Tulane made things interesting late when Montana connected with Grant for a 10-yard touchdown toss with 1:19 remaining on the clock to cut the deficit to a pair, but a two-point conversion attempt came up empty and the Jaguars recovered the ensuing on-side kick to put the game away.

The defense was atrocious in the first half, giving up 31 points and 328 total yards. Though the defense recovered a tad in the second half, allowing only a field goal, then special teams broke down. South Alabama blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. The offense couldn’t finish the job with the game on the line.

Louisiana Tech beat Lamar 27-14 on Saturday. Kenneth Dixon earned freshman All-American honors last year after shouldering the majority of the Louisiana Tech rushing load following a season-ending injury to Tevin King. On Saturday night at Joe Aillet Stadium, the roles were reversed. With Dixon serving as a spectator after being held out for precautionary reasons after taking a hit early in the second quarter, King rushed for 182 yards to lead Louisiana Tech to the win. Despite King’s impressive performance, the Bulldogs (1-1) weren’t able to put the pesky FCS Cardinals away until Andrew Guillot’s 19-yard run with 1:51 to play in the fourth quarter.

Thursday’s game marks the eighth all-time meeting between Tulane and Louisiana Tech and the Green Wave leads the series, 7-0, but will be playing for first time in Ruston against the Bulldogs. The last time Tulane played Louisiana Tech was during its undefeated season of 1998 when the No. 11 ranked Green Wave dispatched the Bulldogs, 63-30, in the regular season finale at the Superdome on Thanksgiving day.

WagerWeb trends: Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. Green Wave are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. Green Wave are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September. Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. Bulldogs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win.

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