Kansas State Wildcats vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin` Cajuns Free Pick 9/7/13
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin` Cajuns (0-1) at Kansas State Wildcats (0-1)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Snyder Family Stadium)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -12 -- Over/Under: 66 See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Lou Holtz had to be the only person that saw this coming. It wasn’t enough that North Dakota State were even in a position to beat defending Big 12 champion Kansas State, they had to go on an 80 yard, 18 play scoring drive that swallowed up over eight minutes of the fourth quarter, leaving K-State with just 28 seconds to get in field-goal range for the tie, which they couldn’t. Stunning, absolutely stunning. Okay, North Dakota State is the reigning FCS champ, but FCS teams are supposed to be little more than early season scrimmages for FBS teams, or so they say. Whether this game was a fluke for Kansas State, we’re about to find out because you can bet the house the Wildcats will be lookin to put the hurt on someone this week. But despite having lost its conference opener to Arkansas, after back-to-back 9-4 campaigns and a near upset of Florida last season, Louisiana-Lafayette can’t be underestimated.
The Breakdown: The K-State running game was awful last week, held to just 41 yards on 23 carries. This just can’t happen again because, although Jr. QB Jake Waters had a decent outing passing for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing, the passing game wasn’t able to do enough to pull away from a lesser team. And that’s in spite of the numbers, as K-State also had two receivers, Tyler Lockett (7 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD) and Tramaine Thompson (6 REC, 108 YDS, 1 TD) go over the century mark. Defensively, the Wildcats got steamrolled by the NDSU ground game, surrendering 215 yards and 1 touchdown. The K-State pass defense played well for the bulk of the game, holding the Bison to 165 yards passing then disappeared in the last frame. The Ragin Cajuns had a hard time with the Arkansas offense, allowing a whopping 522 yards, 292 yards rushing and 230 passing. If the Wildcats show up this week, they should be able to have their way. Offensively, Louisiana-Lafayette won’t have much in the way of gamebreakers. Jr. QB Terrance Broadway is a dual threat, but did little against Arkansas, passing for 171 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception on 15-of-28 passing. Jr. RB Alonzo Harris carried 10 times for 56 yards and 1 touchdown.
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Rick’s Pick: Among the many things K-State didn’t have against North Dakota State was urgency. The game was supposed to be another cockeyed week one afterthought. We’ll see if the Wildcats remember to bring all the other facets this week like a running game and run defense, but after last week, crazed desperation is sure to make an appearance. For the Ragin Cajuns, a third consecutive nine–win season and even a conference title are probable, but a win against an angry K-State is not. The Wildcats cover.
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