Authored by College Football Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl game on Friday December 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (6-6) Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big-Ten West division will make the trip from the Land of Lincoln to take on the (8-5) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of Conference-USA West division in 2014 NCAA Football Bowl action. The team will play at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. This Sports Handicapper is surprised Illinois received such a good bowl invitation. Louisiana Tech bear Illinois badly in the 2012 season 52-24. The betting line has Louisiana Tech as a six-point favorite Against The Point Spread, and the betting odds total is at 57 for Friday’s game.
The 2014 Illinois Fighting Illini beat Northwestern 47-33 on the road in their regular season finale and finished the season winning two in a row straight up to get a bowl bid. Illinois is 5-0 Against The Point Spread their last five on a neutral field. Illinois is 4-6, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under five on Winning NCAA Football Expert ATS Picks their last ten. Illini coach Tim Beckman has made progress each season since coming over from Toledo. Quarterback Wes Lunt, an Oklahoma State transfer has performed admirably this season and running back Josh Ferguson is a game breaker. The Illini defense got better as the season progressed. The key to an Illinois win is to play solid on both sides of the football.
The 2014 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs lost at Marshall in the Conference-USA title game 26-23. The Bulldogs were predicted to finish third in C-USA West but persevered and were the Champions. Head coach Sonny Dykes took the job in 2010 and could be in line for a big time job. The betting odds under is 4-0 their last four on a neutral site. The Bulldogs returned six starters on offense and seven of defense from a team that finished 4-8 last year. Louisiana Tech is 7-3 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under four and has a push their last ten. The key to a La Tech will be how well stud running back Kenneth Dixon, who had over 1,200 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns performs. The Bulldog’s defense held Marshall high-powered offense to 26 points.
Free Pick: Louisiana Tech-6.