The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-7) are 7.5-point favorites at home at Joe Aillet Stadium against the Sam Houston Bearkats (1-8) on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Both squads have strong pass defenses, with the Bulldogs 20th against the pass in the nation, and the Bearkats 22nd defending the passing game. The over/under for the outing is set at 49.
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Bulldogs vs. Bearkats Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 11, 2023
- Time: 3:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Ruston, Louisiana
- Venue: Joe Aillet Stadium
- The Bulldogs rank 71st in total offense (383.3 yards per game) and 92nd in total defense (398.1 yards allowed per game) this year.
- The Bulldogs are compiling 26.7 points per game on offense, which ranks them 76th in the FBS. On the other side of the ball, they rank 105th, surrendering 30.3 points per contest.
- Louisiana Tech owns the 52nd-ranked offense this year in terms of passing yards (248.7 passing yards per game), and has been better on defense, ranking 20th-best with just 184.9 passing yards allowed per game.
- The Bulldogs sport the 92nd-ranked rushing offense this season (134.6 rushing yards per game), and they’ve been worse on the other side of the ball, ranking third-worst with 213.2 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Louisiana Tech has been a bottom-25 offense on third down this year, ranking 14th-worst with a 31.8% third-down conversion rate. Defensively, the Bulldogs rank 87th in the FBS (40.0% third-down percentage allowed).
- With seven forced turnovers (107th in the FBS) against nine turnovers committed (45th in the FBS), the Bulldogs’ -2 turnover margin ranks 82nd in college football.
- Sam Houston’s offense has been a bottom-25 unit in total offense this season, generating 298.1 total yards per game, which ranks ninth-worst in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 71st with 378.0 total yards ceded per contest.
- Sam Houston ranks fourth-worst in points per game (16.9), but it has been more productive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 74th in the FBS with 26.6 points ceded per contest.
- The Bearkats rank 84th in the FBS with 214.3 passing yards per game, but they’ve been lifted up by their defense, which ranks 22nd-best by allowing just 187.9 passing yards per contest.
- Sam Houston has been unproductive on both sides of the ball in terms of rushing this season, ranking sixth-worst in rushing yards (83.8 per game) and 12th-worst in rushing yards allowed (190.1 per game).
- The Bearkats’ third-down offense has been bottom-25 this season, posting a 31.8% third-down percentage, which ranks 14th-worst in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, they rank 57th with a 37.3% third-down rate allowed.
- With seven forced turnovers (107th in the FBS) and 10 turnovers committed (59th in the FBS) this season, Sam Houston ranks 91st in the FBS with a turnover margin of -3.
- Hank Bachmeier has thrown for 1,476 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions this year. He averages 210.9 yards per game and 7.8 per attempt, while completing 67.9% of his passes.
- In addition to his passing stats, Bachmeier also has 25 rushing yards (seventh on the Bulldogs), with two rushing touchdowns.
- Smoke Harris has 67 catches (fourth in the FBS) for 710 yards and four TDs. Through 10 games, he is averaging 6.7 catches and 71.0 yards per game.
- Tyre Shelton has 504 rushing yards with five touchdowns (84.0 yards per game through six games).
- Through eight games played this year, Keegan Shoemaker has amassed 1,766 passing yards, with 13 touchdowns against eight interceptions and completing 63.8% of his attempts.
- Shoemaker has also rushed for 160 yards (second on the Bearkats).
- Noah Smith has 61 catches for 544 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He has been targeted zero times and averages 6.8 receptions per game in nine games played.
- John Gentry has rushed for one touchdown this year, and has totaled 286 rushing yards (35.8 per game and 3.3 per carry).
- In addition to his rushing stats, Gentry has grabbed 26 passes (on zero targets) for 188 yards (fourth on the Bearkats), with two receiving touchdowns. He averages 23.5 yards per game.