Idaho Vandals (4-4) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (2-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -5.5 -- Over/Under:
The Idaho Vandals and Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns meet Saturday in SUn Belt college football at Cajun Field on ESPN3.
The Idaho Vandals look for a nice road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Idaho Vandals have won three road games dating back to last season. Matt Linehan is completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,883 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Linehan has at least one touchdown pass in his last five games. Deon Watson and Trent Cowan have combined for 754 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Alfonso Onunwor has 31 receptions. The Idaho Vandals ground game is averaging 132.5 yards per contest, and Aaron Duckworth leads the way with 512 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Idaho is allowing 35.9 points and 460.8 yards per game. Jayshawn Jordan leads the Idaho Vandals with 61 tackles, Aikeem Coleman has five sacks and Kaden Elliss has three interceptions.
The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns look for their third home victory to get back to a .500 record. Five of the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns last seven victories have come on their home field. Anthony Jennings is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,281 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Jennings has two touchdown passes in his last three games. Al Riles and Ja'Marcus Bradley have combined for 659 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Keenan Barnes has 20 receptions. The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns ground game is averaging 182 yards per contest, and Elijah McGuire leads the way with 672 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Louisiana Lafayette is allowing 27.9 points and 384.1 yards per game. Tre'maine Lightfoot leads the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns with 63 tackles, Joe Dillon has six sacks and Simeon Thomas has two interceptions.
The Vandals are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Louisiana Lafayette plays its best football at home and has a much better defense than Idaho. McGuire and company should be able to move the football on the Vandals and put up a good deal of points, and I'm not sure Idaho has the firepower to keep up, especially given the offense has been prone to turnovers. I'll take the Ragin' Cajuns and the small line at home.