Louisiana-Lafayette vs. South Alabama - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Alabama Jaguars (1-1) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Cajun Field)
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The South Alabama Jaguars will travel to Cajun Field to take on the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns this Saturday night in College Football action.
The South Alabama Jaguars couldn’t follow-up their upset victory at Mississippi State to open their season and fell to 1-1 (0-1 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Southern Eagles, 24-9, this past Saturday. South Alabama was outscored by a 14-3 margin in the 2nd half and was outgained by Georgia Southern by a 441-352 margin. The Jaguars had all sorts of trouble with the triple-option offense of the Eagles as they allowed 304 rushing yards in the loss. Leading the way for South Alabama was QB Dallas Davis who completed 21 of 42 passes for 279 yards and an INT. On the season, South Alabama is averaging 15.0 ppg on 365.5 total yards per game (282.0 passing, 83.5 rushing). QB Dallas Davis has thrown for 2 TD’s and an INT while completing 59.2% of his passes for an average of 282.0 yds/game. WR Josh Magee (6.5 rec/game, 81.5 yds/game, 1 TD) and TE Gerald Everett (5.5 rec/game, 79.5 yds/game, 1 TD) are the leading receivers for the Jaguars. RB Tyreis Thomas (8.00 att/game, 51.50 yards/game, 1 TD) and RB Xavier Johnston (7.0 att/game, 7.50 yds/game) are the biggest threats outside of QB Dallas Davis in the backfield. Defensively, South Alabama is holding their opponents to an average of 22.0 ppg on 411.5 yards per game (140.0 passing, 271.5 rushing). Leading the way for the Jaguars defense has been LB Roman Buchanan who had 25 tackles in the young season.
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The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 1-1 (0-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the McNeese Cowboys, 30-22, this past Saturday. Louisiana Lafayette used a 13-point 3rd quarter to help gain some separation from McNeese and basically put the game away after taking a 30-15 lead with just 5 minutes left to play. Louisiana Lafayette outgained McNeese by a 390-364 margin however and was outstanding at defensing the run, limiting the Cowboys too just an average of 2.4 yards/carry. Leading the way for Louisiana Lafayette was QB Anthony Jennies who had 170 yards and TD through the air and 47 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground. On the season, Louisiana Lafayette is averaging 20.0 ppg on 328.5 yards per game (178.0 passing, 150.5 rushing). QB Anthony Jennings has 2 TD’s & 0 INT on the season while completing 66.7% of his passes for an average of 178.0 yds/game. Elijah McGuire has been outstanding in the backfield as he is averaging 92.5 yds/game on 16.5 att/game. Ja’Marcus Bradley is leading receiver for the Ragin’ Cajuns as he had 9 receptions, 147 yards, and a TD on the season. Defensively, Louisiana Lafayette is allowing their opponents to average 33.5 ppg on 474.0 total yards per game (345.5 passing, 128.5 rushing). Leading the way for the defense has be DB Travis Crawford (21 tackles) and DL Trev Miller (6 tackles, 3 sacks).
The Jaguars are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 conference games. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
South Alabama pulled up one of the biggest week 1 upsets upsetting Mississippi State, and although their offense did struggle against Georgia Southern, the Jaguars have to be impressed what new defensive coordinator Kane Wommack has been able to do with defense in the first two games. Louisiana Lafayette certainly has the potential to be decent on the offensive end led by RB Elijah McGuire, however, it looks as if their defense is going to continue to struggle against the pass this season. Louisiana Lafayette is a tough place to play but if South Alabama can go on the road against an SEC team and get a win, they shouldn’t have a problem doing the same at Louisiana Lafayette. I think the Jaguars get another solid defensive effort and due enough on the offensive end against the weak Ragin’ Cajun defense to win this one outright. Take South Alabama on the M/L.