Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 11/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Brooks Stadium)

UL -590, UL -13.5

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns head to Carolina this Thursday for a game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.  In their last game, the Ragin Cajuns beat Texas State University by the score of 31-3.  Quarterback Levi Lewis led the way for Louisiana as he threw completed 13 of 21 passes for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Running back Elijah Mitchell was the Ragin Cajuns lead rusher as he ran for 126 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the game.  Although he didn’t record a touchdown, Jalen Williams the lead receiver for Louisiana as he caught 3 passes for 50 yards. 

With the win, the Ragin Cajuns are now 6-2 on the year with a 3-1 conference record which puts them in 1st place in the Sun Belt-West.  Quarterback Levi Lewis has thrown for 1,475 yards, 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the year.  Ja’Marcus Bradley has been the Ragin Cajuns leading receiver and has caught 29 passes for 439 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year.  The lead rusher for Louisiana has been Elijah Mitchell who has ran 116 times for 705 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers head into Thursday’s game after beating the University of Troy 36-35 in their last game.  In their game against Troy, Coastal Carolina was led by quarterback Bryce Carpenter who completed 32 of 45 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.  The Chanticleers running game was also strong against Troy, which included Jacqez Hariston who ran just 7 times for 72 yards, but scored 2 touchdowns.  The other rushing touchdown was scored by C.J. Marable who also ran for 52 yards on 14 carries.  Jaivon Heiligh was the Chanticleers lead receiver on the day as he caught 12 passes for 107 yards on the day. 

On the year, Coastal Carolina is 4-4 including a 1-3 record in Sun Belt Conference play which puts them in last in the Sun Belt East.  Carpenter has played well this season, throwing for 648 yards and 7 touchdowns without throwing an interception.  Carpenter took the place of Fred Payton who has thrown for 1,009 yards on the season while throwing for 6 touchdown passes but also 6 interceptions.  Marable has been the Chanticleers lead rusher on the season and has carried the ball 123 times for 596 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Heiligh has been the teams leading receiver on the season as he has caught 39 passes for 432 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. 

Louisiana has scored 37.1 points per game and given up 18.4 points per game so far this season.  Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina has scored 33 points per game and allowed 28 points per game so far this year.  I don’t see this one being very close as the Ragin Cajuns are clearly the better team and their stats show it.  Although Coastal Carolina has been better with Carpenter under center, I have to go with Louisiana in this one.  Louisiana-Lafayette wins 38-21 and covers the spread.

Travis’s Pick UL -590, UL -13.5

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