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New Orleans Bowl 2020: Odds, Daily Fantasy Tips for LA Tech vs. Georgia Southern

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2020

Georgia Southern running back Logan Wright gets free for a touchdown against Minnesota in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 35-32. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Georgia Southern Eagles produced similar offensive totals this season, but they earned their points and yardage in two different fashions. 

Louisiana Tech did most of its damage through the air, while Georgia Southern relies on its triple option offense. 

The clash of styles will be on display at the New Orleans Bowl on Wednesday afternoon, but neither offense may produce a ton of points with quarterback issues plaguing both rosters. 

Louisiana Tech's Luke Anthony is out with an injury, and Georgia Southern starter Shai Werts is dealing with a shoulder issue. 

With that in mind, the best way to approach the New Orleans Bowl from a daily fantasy perspective may be to target the best skill-position players on both squads. 

       

New Orleans Bowl Info

Date: Wednesday, December 23

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Start Time: 3 p.m. ET 

TV: ESPN 

Live Stream: ESPN.com or ESPN app

      

Odds

Via DraftKings Sportsbook.

Spread: Georgia Southern (-6.5)

Over/Under: 48.5

Money Line: Georgia Southern (-245; bet $245 to win $100); Louisiana Tech (+195; bet $100 to win $195)

     

Daily Fantasy Tips

Target Georgia Southern's Running Backs

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With uncertainty surrounding Georgia Southern's quarterback situation, the best way to take advantage of its triple option offense is by loading up on running backs in your lineup. 

Werts, who leads the Eagles in rushing attempts, rushing yards and ground touchdowns, has split first-team snaps with third-string quarterback Miller Mosley.

Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford told WTOC's Lyndsey Gough he will try to get Werts on the field:

"If he wants to get on the field, we're going to find a way. You know, if it's one play, or a bunch of plays, I don't know if he wants to do it, if he feels like his body can do it. Obviously, we're not going to put him in a situation where his health is at stake or anything like that. Shai is a warrior. Has done a lot for this program, and definitely would want to reward him with that if we could."

Georgia Southern has five running backs with more than 40 carries and 200 rushing yards, but two of them will be out for Wednesday's game. 

Logan Wright will likely be the primary running back with J.D. King and Wesley Kennedy III out injured. Wright was third on the team in rushing yards and found the end zone on four occasions. 

If you combine Wright and another healthy running back with the stars of Louisiana Tech's passing game, you should have a strong lineup to contend for the winning positions.

          

Benefit From Louisiana Tech's Pass-Game Prowess

You really have no choice but to trust Louisiana Tech's quarterback and wide receiver options given how much the Eagles run the ball.

Louisiana Tech averaged 227.4 of its 325.1 total yards per game through the air, while Georgia Southern wracked up 262.5 of its 364.8 yards per contest on the ground. 

The Bulldogs will call on backup Aaron Allen, whose best performance was a two-touchdown game against the UAB Blazers on October 31. Smoke Harris is the best option to stack alongside the quarterback after leading wideout Adrian Hardy opted out of the bowl game. 

Harris leads Louisiana Tech with 35 receptions and is tied with Hardy for the team lead of four touchdown catches. Cee Jay Powell is the other Bulldogs wideout with over 30 receptions, but he does not have a touchdown catch. 

Griffin Hebert and Isaiah Graham both recorded three touchdown receptions, but neither caught more than 20 balls in the regular season. 

Combining Hebert, Graham or Powell with Harris and Allen is probably the best way to approach Louisiana Tech's situation from a DFS standpoint, and it may turn into a nice combination with Georgia Southern's ground experts.

       

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

Statistics obtained from ESPN.com.

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