College Football Picks: UL Lafayette vs. South Alabama

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 7:46 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 7:46 PM UTC

If you look at it as a mini LSU-Alabama matchup, then Saturday's Sun Belt clash in Mobile doesn't seem as trivial. In fact, with a lot of the bowl picture in the conference already cleared up, lets add some excitement and check out the odds for some college football picks.
<style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left;"></span> <p style="text-align:center;"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Of course, another way to add a little excitement to the final regular season Sun Belt game is have a little wagering action on the 8 PM (ET) boot at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">ESPN3 will stream the action, and the Jaguars are 3 point favorites after the line opened at </span><st1:country-region style="font-size:1em;">USA</st1:country-region><span style="font-size:1em;"> -1.5.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Part of the reason for the jump in the spread is a key injury on the ULL side, something we'll touch on later.</span></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em;" src="/picks-pictures/aragingcajun.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><span style="font-size:1em;">SBR's <a target="_blank" title="Live college football odds always available from SBR" href="/betting-odds/college-football/">live college football odds</a> has a 58 point total for the tilt, down a point from the opening scoreboard hurdle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The Sun Belt Conference only has two guaranteed bowl games, and both have already been locked up by Louisiana-Lafayette and </span><st1:place style="font-size:1em;"><st1:placename>Arkansas</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>State</st1:placetype></st1:place><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Having already clinched at least a share of the conference crown, the Ragin' Cajuns will be going to the New Orleans Bowl, their third consecutive appearance in that contest.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Meanwhile, the Red Wolves accepted an invitation on Monday to play in the GoDaddy Bowl.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">That leaves three other Sun Belt squads -- four if South Alabama can beat ULL -- on the outside looking in as far as postseason play goes, and it's doubtful more than one of them will even sniff an at-large invite.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Cajuns Out For Third Straight 9-Win Season</b></p> <p>There's no argument when it comes to the outstanding job Mark Hudspeth has done since arriving in <st1:city>Lafayette</st1:city> before the 2010 season. The Cajuns (8-3 straight up, 4-7 against the spread) won nine games in each of his first two seasons on the job, and a win Saturday would put the program in line for possibly its first-ever 10-win campaign. That success could put Hudspeth's name on short lists for head coach vacancies this offseason.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">A strong ground attack and competent passing game have been the trademarks of </span><st1:state style="font-size:1em;">Louisiana</st1:state><span style="font-size:1em;">'s offense this year.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire are each past the 800-yard rushing mark, accounting for 20 rushing touchdowns between them.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Terrance Broadway has been at quarterback for the nation's 41st-ranked offense, throwing for nearly 2,300 yards and 19 TD's.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><em><a target="_blank" title="Find the best lines and odds available" href="">Check out SBR's sportsbook reviews!</a></em></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><em><a target="_blank" title="Share your thoughts on College Football betting" href="/college-football/">Discuss this game on our College Football Betting Forum</a></em></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Broadway will not be under center for this game, however, after Hudspeth confirmed that he suffered a broken right arm in the final quarter of last week's upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The junior signal caller threw three interceptions in that loss, and will be replaced by redshirt freshman Brooks Haack.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">This is Haack's first career start, and he was 10-of-14 with a TD subbing for Broadway this past Saturday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The Ragin Cajuns are also listing linebacker Darius Barksdale as questionable for </span><st1:place style="font-size:1em;">South Alabama</st1:place><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">The junior has missed the last two games with a hand injury and was sixth on the team in tackles before having to sit out.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Jags Look To Avoid Losing Season</b></p> <p>Joey Jones and his staff have also done a fine job in what is only the second year for <st1:place>South Alabama</st1:place> at the FBS level. The Jaguars have followed up a 2-11 showing in 2012 with a 5-6 record (7-4 ATS), and will certainly be playing for that sixth win to avoid a losing mark.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Dual-threat QB Ross Metheny has been a big part of the quick growth by the </span><st1:place style="font-size:1em;">Mobile</st1:place><span style="font-size:1em;"> crew, throwing for more than 2,400 yards and second on the team in rushing with 558 yards.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">The senior has an underrated downfield target in Shavarez Smith who is averaging more than 19 yards per catch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">There's a good chance for wet weather in and around </span><st1:city style="font-size:1em;">Mobile</st1:city><span style="font-size:1em;"> on Saturday according to the latest forecast.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">A 50% chance of rain during the day slacks off just a bit for the evening time when temps should be in the mid-to-upper 50s at kickoff.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Don't put your bet down before confirming that forecast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The Jaguars are coming off consecutive wins and covers as favorites, and with ULL not having much to play for plus being minus its QB, taking South Alabama is tempting.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">But I'm going to play the low side of the total for my free <a target="_blank" title="Free college football odds for this weekends action" href="/college-football/">college football pick</a>.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">My picks:</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> ULL-USA Under 58</span></p> <p><b>Season:</b> 26-13 (+11.7); 7 picks pending</p> <p>[gameodds]6/251556/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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