ATS Picks: Texas State vs Louisiana 10/31/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

ATS Picks: Texas State vs Louisiana 10/31/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (4-1) at Texas State Bobcats (1-6)

College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bobcat Stadium)

The Line: Texas State Bobcats +16.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Texas State Bobcats meet in Week 9 Sun Belt conference college football action from Bobcat Stadium on Saturday night.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will look to build on their 4-1 record after a 24-20 win over UAB in their last game. Levi Lewis has thrown for 1,052 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 58.5% passing while Elijah Mitchell leads the Cajuns in rushing with 316 rushing yards and 4 TDs. Trey Ragas has 238 rushing yards with 3 TDs while Chris Smith and the previously mentioned Lewis each have 100+ rushing yards this season. Peter LeBlanc leads Louisiana’s receiving group with 14 grabs for 202 yards while Kyren Lacy has 199 receiving yards and Jalen Williams has 192 receiving yards for the Cajuns this year. Defensively, Lorenzo McCaskill leads Louisiana with 51 total tackles including 26 solo tackles and a pair of sacks while Ferrod Gardner has a pair of sacks as well and Bralen Trahan has a pair of interceptions.

The Texas State Bobcats will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after a 52-14 beatdown loss to BYU last time out. Brady McBride has thrown for 959 yards, 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 60.2% passing while Tyler Vitt has thrown for 602 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 62.5% passing. Calvin Hill leads Texas State with 376 rushing yards and 3 TDs while Brock Sturges has 339 rushing yards with 3 scores of his own and Jahmyl Jeter has 127 rushing yards. Jeremiah Haydel leads the Bobcats with 296 receiving yards with 3 TDs while Marcell Barbee has 266 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns. Jah’Marae Sheread has chipped in 233 receiving yards while the Bobcats have another four 100+ yard receivers this season. Defensively, Sione Tupou leads Texas State with 43 total tackles while Jarron Morris has a team-high 28 solo tackles and a pair of interceptions and Nico Ezidore has 2.5 sacks this season.

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Louisiana is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite. Texas State is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Louisiana is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

This is a lot of points to give up with a Louisiana team that’s been the better team this season but hasn’t been great ATS. On the other hand, Texas State was solid ATS to start the year, but their last few games have started to see the margins and the lines drift farther and farther apart and the Bobcats aren’t a viable cover team anymore. I think we see the Cajuns get back to business and show why they’re one of the Sun Belt’s top teams so I’ll lay the points with the Ragin’ Cajuns in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Louisiana -16.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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