Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (3-3) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (3-2)
College Football: Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Centennial Bank Stadium)
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves -12.5 -- Over/Under: 65 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and Arkansas State Red Wolves meet Thursday in college football action at Centennial Bank Stadium on ESPNU.
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns look for a third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns have lost five of their last nine road games. Andre Nunez is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 732 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Jordan Davis and Nunez have combined for nine touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. Keenan Barnes and Ryheem Malone have combined for 775 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ja'Marcus Bradley has 17 receptions. The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns ground game is averaging 171.8 yards per contest, and Trey Ragas leads the way with 525 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Louisiana is allowing 39.7 points and 476.3 yards per game. T.J. Posey leads the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns with 50 tackles, Joe Dillon has four sacks and Tracy Walker has two interceptions.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves also look for a third straight win to keep pace in the wide open Sun Belt. The Arkansas State Red Wolves have won six straight home games. Justice Hansen is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,587 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions. Hansen has two or more touchdown passes in seven straight games. Chris Murray and Blake Mack have combined for 628 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Kendrick Edwards has 20 receptions. The Arkansas State Red Wolves ground game is averaging 123.2 yards per contest, and Warren Wand leads the way with 285 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Arkansas State is allowing 26.4 points and 448.2 yards per game. Kyle Wilson leads the Arkansas State Red Wolves with 42 tackles, Ja'Von Rolland-Jones has three sacks and Blaise Taylor has one interception.
The Ragin' Cajuns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Red Wolves are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games, 39-16-1 ATS in their last 56 conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Arkansas State, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
These two teams have played some tight games over the years, as the last two contests have been decided by a combined 15 points. The Ragin' Cajuns have been solid for the most part despite their 3-3 record, and the only game they weren't in until the end was against Texas A&M. However, Arkansas State continues to beat Sun Belt teams into the ground, and that includes covers in 39 of their last 56 games against them along with covering their last seven at home. The Red Wolves simply beat up on teams that are equal or lesser talent. So, while the Ragin' Cajuns and the points are tempting, I'll support the trends in this spot and back ASU in a blowout victory.