Nicholls (4-4) vs. Lamar (3-5)
College Football: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (John L. Guidry Stadium)
The Line: Nicholls -1.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Lamar Cardinals and Nicholls Colonels play a college football game Thursday night at John L. Guidry Stadium on ESPN3.
The Lamar Cardinals look for their second road victory to climb out of a 3-5 hole this season. The Lamar Cardinals are 4-5 on the road since the start of last season. Carson Earp is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 997 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Earp and Andrew Allen have combined for seven touchdown passes this season. Zae Giles and Dewan Thompson have combined for 666 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Marcus Daggs has 17 receptions. The Lamar Cardinals ground game is averaging 171.1 yards per contest, and Kade Harrington leads the way with 636 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Lamar is allowing 28.1 points and 414.1 yards per game. Xavier Bethany leads the Lamar Cardinals with 75 tackles, Tanner Kanteman has two sacks and Brendan Langley has six interceptions.
The Nicholls Colonels look for a strong home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Nicholls Colonels have three home victories since the start of last season. Chase Fourcade is completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 1,718 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Fourcade has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. C.J. Bates and Damion Jeanpiere have combined for 922 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Jarrell Rogers has 19 receptions. The Nicholls Colonels ground game is averaging 138 yards per contest, and C.J. Okpalobi leads the way with 485 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Nicholls is allowing 30.3 points and 401.1 yards per game. Allen Pittman leads the Nicholls Colonels with 59 tackles, Sully Laiche has 5.5 sacks and Jeff Hall has four interceptions.
Lamar has won three of the last four games against Nicholls, but that one loss did come last season. Nicholls has looked like the better team overall this season and has the home field advantage which should show up in full force. Lamar has also been hit or miss on the road overall and doesn't have a difference maker at quarterback the way Nicholls has in Fourcade. This should be a fun and well played game, but you have to give the Colonels the slight edge with their more consistent offense and the fact they're at home.
Nicholls gets back-to-back wins over Lamar.