Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia State - 11/9/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia State
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM (Malone Stadium)
GAST -2 O/U 74
The Georgia State Panthers are set to visit Malone Stadium in Monroe, Louisiana for a Sun Belt clash against the UL Monroe Warhawks. The Georgia State Panthers come into this matchup with a 6-2 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Troy Trojans, 52-33. QB Dan Ellington had a good all-around game for Georgia State as he threw for 189 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 interception while also contributing 2 rushing TDs. The ground attack was strong for the Panthers as Tra Barnett racked up 242 yards and 2 TDs while Seth Paige contributed 109 yards and 1 TD.
The Georgia State Panthers struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the Troy Trojans as they allowed them to score 33 points and rack up a total of 517 yards of offense. Junior LB Victor Heyward led the way for the Georgia State defense with 10 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, and 1 pass deflection. Junior LB Trajan Stephens-McQueen had a productive game for the Panthers as he contributed 8 tackles and 1 sack.
The UL Monroe Warhawks come into this matchup with a 3-5 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent home game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 48-41. QB Caleb Evans had a big game for UL Monroe as he threw for 215 yards and 2 TDs while also adding 148 rushing yards and 3 TDs. WR Jonathan Hodoh was the top target for Evans and the Warhawks as he hauled in 6 catches for 65 yards.
The UL Monroe Warhawks struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the Arkansas State Red Wolves as they allowed them to score 48 points and rack up a total of 514 yards of offense. Senior LB Cortez Sisco Jr. led the way for the UL Monroe defense with 10 tackles. Junior LB Rashaad Harding had a productive game for the Warhawks as he pitched in 8 tackles and 2 TFL. Junior CB Corey Straughter was able to haul in the lone interception of the game for the unit.
The Georgia State Panthers have been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season as they went from 2-10 in 2018 to 6-2 this season, and I expect them to be a contender in the Sun Belt. The Panthers have one of the best offenses in college football as they are scoring an average of 36.6 PPG, and that will pose a threat to the Warhawks as they are allowing an average of 38.6 PPG which ranks 127th in college football. Georgia State has a very dangerous ground attack with Tra Barnett (928 yards, 8 TDs) and Seth Paige (405 yards, 4 TDs), but the poise of Dan Ellington through the air has been the main reason for their success (18 TDs to 4 INTs).