NCAA football betting fans will get their chance to dive into another non-conference match-up when the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-5 in 2007) head to Ruston, Louisiana to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-7 in 2007). Kickoff is set for Saturday night at 6:45 PM. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since 1996.
Mississippi State garnered some attention from the pollsters after their 8-5 season a year ago, recording four votes from the AP in their pre-season poll. Louisiana Tech will be hoping that 2008 will break a string of six consecutive seasons without a bowl bid. Mississippi State was one of the pleasant surprises of the SEC in 2007.
Their 7-5 mark in the regular season was good enough to give them a bid to the Liberty Bowl against UCF. On that day, the football betting line had the Knights favored by 2.5-points, but NCAA football betting followers who backed the Bulldogs were rewarded with their 10-3 victory. In non-conference play last season, MSU went 2-1 both SU and ATS.
Overall, they finished the year 6-6 in their 12 lined contests. It was a season full of streaks for college football betting fans backing LA-Tech. They covered the NCAA football line in their first three games, then failed to cover their next two, covered their next three, and closed the season with three straight ATS defeats.
They had absolutely no success in their two games against SEC foes, losing by a combined score of 82-10 to both LSU and Ole Miss and failed to cover the spread in both games. In fact, the Bulldogs last six outings against the SEC have been ugly. They lost them all by an average of 36.5 PPG, and failed to cover the spread in each match-up.
The stakes should be higher this weekend, as it is the first time that an SEC team has visited Ruston. Mississippi State has been deemed 7.5-point road favorites by NCAA odds makers in this non-conference showdown with the ‘total’ coming in at 45.5.
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