College Football Week 5 Picks: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers
Saturday, 9/27/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Auburn -33
Current Betting Line:  Auburn -32.5
Opening Total:  61
Current Total:  61
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Auburn Tigers have never lost to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Auburn Tigers have never lost to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Louisiana Tech had its two-game winning streak snapped last time out, while the OVER is 3-1 in its four contests this season.  The Bulldogs and Tigers are both tied for first in the nation with a perfect 1.000 percentage mark scoring in the red zone, which is important to consider when making your Week 5 college football picks.  Skip Holtz’ team is certainly facing a tough schedule in the early going, with its four FBS opponents this month posting a 41-12 record a season ago.  Louisiana Tech is 3-10 SU and 6-7 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 8-5 in that situation.

The Bulldogs have one of the best playmakers in the country in running back Kenneth Dixon, who has totaled 36 touchdowns in his career, while he’s averaging 6.0 yards per carry.  Louisiana Tech won’t be intimidated in this matchup, considering it has posted a 3-5 SU record against Power 5 Conference teams over the last three seasons, with three of the five setbacks determined by one possession.

Auburn is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS to open up the 2014 campaign, as it looks to captured its 25th consecutive game against a non-conference opponent at Jordan-Hare Stadium—something that can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines.  The Tigers have allowed just 258 rushing yards in their first three games, which happens to be the lowest such number that they’ve given up in that situation since 2008.  It’s important to point out that the squad owns a plus-three turnover margin and has outscored opponents by a 23-0 margin in that category.

The Tigers have really excelled offensively on third down, as they pace the nation with a 63 percent conversion rate in that all-important statistical category.  Auburn owns an 11-0-1 SU record in this series, while it has put together a 32-7-1 all-time mark against current members of Conference USA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 10-1 ATS mark in their last 11 home games.

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