Ohio Bobcats (0-2) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (1-1)
September 16, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -20 / Ohio Bobcats +20; Over/Under: 54.5
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The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns meet the Ohio Bobcats Thursday in week 3 college football action at Cajun Field. The Ohio Bobcats need a win here to rebound from an 0-2 start. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns look for another win to get a game above a .500 record.
The Ohio Bobcats hope to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2008 CFB season. Kurtis Rourke is completing 70 percent of his passes for 310 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Jerome Buckner and Cameron Odom have combined for 194 receiving yards on 12 catches while Ty Walton has nine receptions. The Ohio Bobcats ground game is averaging 136.5 yards per contest, and O’Shaan Allison leads the way with 119 yards on 21 carries. Defensively, Ohio is allowing 28.5 points and 376.5 yards per game. Bryce Houston leads the Ohio Bobcats with 20 tackles, Will Evans has 1.5 sacks and Jett Elad has two pass deflections.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have won each of their last three home games. Levin Lewis is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 586 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Michael Jefferson and Jalen Williams have combined for 155 receiving yards and one touchdown while Kyren Lacy has six receptions. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns ground game is averaging 38 yards per contest, and Chris Smith leads the way with 100 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Louisiana-Lafayette is allowing 31 points and 17.5 yards per game. Percy Butler leads the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns with 14 tackles, Chauncey Manac has 1.5 sacks and Kris Moncrief has one interception.
The Bobcats are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Bobcats last 7 non-conference games. The under is 16-5-1 in Ragin’ Cajuns last 22 games overall.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have failed to cover eight of their last 10 games as a favorite of 14 or more points. The Ohio Bobcats are winless through two games, but they’ve hung around in those contests and this is the first time they’ve been an underdog of 14 or more points since December of 2016. Overall, neither of these teams are all that good and I’m not running to the window to back either side. If forced to pick, give me Ohio and the points.