The Sun Belt Conference takes center stage for Tuesday night college football as the Arkansas State Red Wolves square off against the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. Get your Tuesday college football pick right here.
This is a fairly
even matchup. However, the Cajuns will be eager to get back on the field after
a sour defeat at the hands of an inferior North Texas squad that came up with
78 yard winning touchdown pass in the final 2 minutes of the game to cost ULL
their second defeat of the season.
odds have Louisiana Lafayette as a luke warm 4 point favorite in a game that's
basically up for grabs.
Quality and common opponents
thinking that this is a bettor’s delight on a mid-week day with no games, both
teams appear to be better than their records indicate.
State has faced Oregon and Nebraska and losing 57-34 against the Ducks is far
from a thrashing. Louisiana Lafayette hasn't had quite the success as they were
defeated by Oklahoma State 65-24. Both of these teams played Florida
International University and won handily.
is coming off of a previous Tuesday game against a 2-4 North Texas team at the
time and had a secure 20-6 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Running back
Antoinne Jammerson was the difference as his only two catches of the game, a 28
yard TD pass from Derek Thompson and more importantly a 78 yard TD pass from
Thompson with 1:54 remaining in the game gave North Texas the victory. The
Ragin’ Cajuns will need to shrug off a bad loss as the Arkansas State Red
Wolves are coming off of two consecutive victories and possess the 24th best
rushing attack in the nation.
Mixing up the pass and run
This is not
necessarily the key to winning but even though LA-Lafayette doesn't excel at
one particular facet of the game, they're well rounded, and that could be the
key to victory in finding the best method for success.
LA native and sophomore quarterback Terrance Broadway, is coming off of his
best game of the season by far. In the loss to North Texas, Broadway passed for
265 yards and 1 TD while rushing for 84 yards and a 1 TD. Broadway is the
"go to guy" on this team. Although they have great depth on the
rushing and receiving core, Broadway is the conductor that makes this train
A sick note?
leading rusher Alonzo Harris was out last week due to an illness and some of
the loss can be attributed to that. With Harris back in the lineup, the Ragin
Cajuns will have no excuses tomorrow. Harris was coming off of a 123 yard, 1 TD
game against Tulane and you can expect him to be effective as Arkansas State
allows 28.9 points per game. This could be a high scoring affair.
with solid offensive line play which has only allowed 9 sacks on the season,
has allowed senior quarterback Ryan Aplin to throw for 1591 yards with 11 TD
and 2 INT. This is a major improvement from the 16 INT's that Aplin threw last
coming off of a victory in of South Alabama in where he had a season high 199.8
QB passer rating.
being able to carry the football himself, Aplin has the luxury of having
running back David Oku, who has a season high 7 TD's on the season, and when he
decides to air it out, the combination of J.D. McKissic (46 receptions, 493 yards,
3 TD's) and Josh Jarboe (31 receptions, 321 yards, 3 TD) are his main targets as
the next leading receiver on the team has 10 receptions. Nevertheless, this is
a team that can matchup with LA-Lafayette and could catch the Ragin Cajuns at
an opportune time after a bad loss.
Cajuns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record
are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings with LA-Lafayette
Alonzo Harris last week really affected the Ragin' Cajuns as a team and they
should feel rejuvenated having him back at home where they're undefeated. Look
for LA-Lafayette to prevail in this tight matchup.
NCAA Football Pick: LA-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -4
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