College Football Picks: UL Lafayette vs. Arkansas State

Jeff Grant

Monday, October 21, 2013 3:02 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 3:02 PM GMT

Sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference will be on the line Tuesday, as the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Read our College Football Week 9 Betting Odds Report for more info on this week's games!

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Week 9 matchup at Liberty Bank Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Streaking at the right time

Louisiana has won four games in a row, including a 37-20 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as three-point road underdogs last Tuesday, while going ‘Under’ the betting total for the first time in five contests.

The Ragin’ Cajuns lead the conference and rank fourth nationally with a +1.25 turnover margin—a statistic that makes them a dangerous team in any situation.

A lot to like

Arkansas State has split its first six games of the 2013 campaign, but all three of its losses have come on the road, including a pair of losses to quality opponents out of the Southeastern Conference.

The Red Wolves have won eight consecutive contests against conference foes, while they’ll try to extend their home winning streak to seven games.

Ground control

College football handicappers should anticipate a ground battle in this nationally-televised affair, considering the Ragin’ Cajuns and Red Wolves are averaging 223.3 and 209.3 rushing yards per game respectively.

Both teams also enter with a positive turnover through six games, while possessing a time-of-possession of at least 29:32.

Home dog

The Red Wolves haven’t been a home underdog of three points or less the last two-plus seasons, as they’ve compiled a 14-1 SU and 10-5 ATS record at this venue over that span.

Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy is the player to watch offensively, as he leads the Sun Belt in averaging 285.8 total yards per game.

Prediction

For their college football picks, I’m going to recommend that readers play the total, as the ‘Under’ is 6-1 in Arkansas State’s last seven games with a betting line of +3 to -3, while the last two meetings on this field have gone well below the number.

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 NCAA FB Pick: Bet the UL Lafayette/Arkansas State game UNDER 66 points. 

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