DXL Frisco Bowl: SMU and Louisiana Tech Square Off

DXL Frisco Bowl

Inaugural DXL Frisco Bowl Could be High-Scoring

The LA Tech Bulldogs and the SMU Mustangs will meet in the Inaugural DXL Frisco Bowl on Wednesday night. Toyota Stadium, the home of Dallas FC, will host the event and kick-off will be at 8 pm EST. ESPN will have the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Mustangs as -5-point favorites versus the Bulldogs, while the game’s total opened at 68. SMU is now a 4-point favorite. The total has climbed to 71.

SMU has had a stressful time going on lately. The Mustangs are preparing for their first bowl game since 2012. With a change of head coaches since the end of the regular season, they have had more than just the normal game week prep.

Sonny Dykes, the Mustangs new head coach, will be leading his team against his former squad. Dykes coached LaTech from 2010-12.

This will be the fifth ever meeting between the two schools. Louisiana Tech has won three times. The Bulldogs won the most recent meeting 41-10 in Dallas.

DXL Frisco Bowl is Chance to get Used to New System

SMU won its last outing, a 41-38 result against the Tulane Green Wave on November 25. SMU failed to cover in that game as a -7.5-point favorite, while the 79 combined points took the game OVER the total.

The Mustangs finished the 2017 regular season 7-5. The seven wins are the most for SMU since 2012. It is the most in a regular season since 2011.

Only nine days will have passed between Dykes’ hiring and the playing of the Frisco Bowl. Dykes takes over the surging Mustangs’ program from Chad Morris. He left the school to become coach at Arkansas.

That’s not nearly enough time for Dykes to install his Air Raid offense. In this game he will just sit back and let some of the team’s remaining assistants call the game.

SMU is one of only two teams in the country with a 3,000-yard passer, in Ben Hicks, a 1,000-yard rusher, in Xavier Jones and two 1,000 yard receivers in Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn. Quinn leads the nation in receptions per game at 8.8.

LaTech Became Eligible for DXL Frisco Bowl in Season Finale

LA Tech was a 20-6 winner in their most recent outing at home against UTSA Roadrunners. They covered the +1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (26) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Louisiana Tech is 6-6 and didn’t become bowl eligible until the regular-season finale versus Texas-San Antonio. There were 81 teams eligible to earn a bowl game invitation. That was three more than the 78 total spots. The Bulldogs ended up one of the fortunate 6-6 teams to be extended an invitation to the postseason game.

Quarterback J’Mar Smith threw for 2,758 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. That includes five scores to Conference USA co-newcomer of the year Teddy Veal. Veal had 69 catches and 832 yards.

Defensively, defensive end Jaylon Ferguson has 26.5 career sacks. He had a team-high six sacks while senior safety Secdrick Cooper had 63 tackles and two interceptions. Cornerback Amik Robertson led the team with four interceptions to go with 58 tackles and two sacks.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Louisiana Tech 6-6 6-6 28.75 26.67 2.08 2-5 4-1 6-6 4-3 2-3
Southern Methodist 7-5 6-6 40.17 35.50 4.67 5-2 1-4 7-5 4-3 3-2
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
LATECH 14.15 14.82 -0.67
SMU 12.3 13.71 -1.41
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
LATECH 12.82 11.91 0.91
SMU 14.00 14.20 -0.2
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
LATECH 4.60 4.77 -0.17
SMU 5.02 5.04 -0.02
Team Records

LA Tech Bulldogs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 6-6 3-4 3-2 6-6 2-5 4-1 28.75 26.67 2.08
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 2-1 1-1 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 28.33 25.00 3.33

SMU Mustangs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 6-1 1-4 6-6 5-2 1-4 40.17 35.50 4.67
vs Conf 4-4 3-1 1-3 2-6 2-2 0-4 36.25 37.88 -1.63
Last 3 1-2 1-0 0-2 0-3 0-1 0-2 42.00 49.00 -7.00

DXL Frisco Bowl Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 28.75 64 35.50 112
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 40.17 8 26.67 67

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Louisiana Tech 3-1 3-1 1-1 38.00 165.00 5.50 29.75 55.46 242.50 407.50 1.00
Southern Methodist 1-3 1-3 1-1 14.75 114.00 2.78 39.25 52.23 220.00 334.00 3.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 16, 2004 LATECH SMU 41-10 277 313 590 1 62 288 350 5
Nov 8, 2003 SMU LATECH 6-41 162 80 242 2 192 209 401 1
Oct 19, 2002 LATECH SMU 34-37 135 259 394 1 162 296 458 2
Sep 1, 2001 SMU LATECH 6-36 70 216 286 3 56 189 245 1

DXL Frisco Bowl Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

LA Tech Bulldogs

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 25, 2017 UTSA 20-6 W 1/52 W/U 193 101 294 110 91 201 0 H
Nov 18, 2017 UTEP 42-21 W -17/48.5 W/O 343 203 546 163 261 424 -1 A
Nov 11, 2017 FLAATL 23-48 L 3.5/68 L/O 186 326 512 194 221 415 -1 H
Nov 4, 2017 NTEXAS 23-24 L 0/67 L/U 147 168 315 212 203 415 -1 H
Oct 28, 2017 RICE 42-28 W -11.5/51.5 W/O 180 237 417 247 187 434 -4 A

SMU Mustangs

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 25, 2017 TULANE 41-38 W -7.5/66 L/O 103 375 478 171 314 485 2 H
Nov 18, 2017 MEMPHS 45-66 L 11/70 L/O 259 218 477 333 331 664 0 A
Nov 11, 2017 NAVY 40-43 L 1.5/66 L/O 165 261 426 559 0 559 0 A
Nov 4, 2017 UCF 24-31 L 14/75 W/U 206 283 489 203 412 615 -2 H
Oct 27, 2017 TULSA 38-34 W -12/77 L/U 215 366 581 246 212 458 -1 H

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