Louisiana-Lafayette 'at Louisiana-Monroe: 11/28/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-8) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (7-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm (JPS Field at James L. Malone Stadium)
Betting Odds: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +25.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 23rd ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to Malone Stadium to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 23rd ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns had their game last week against the Central Arkansas Bears cancelled due to Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 7-1 (5-1 Sun Belt) after defeating the South Alabama Jaguars, 38-10, on November 14th. Louisiana dominated South Alabama on both ends of the field and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 28-10 lead. Louisiana outgained South Alabama by a 506-268 margin and forced two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Ragin Cajuns was QB Levi Lewis who completed 21 of 31 passes for 252 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Louisiana is averaging 30.6 ppg on 436.0 total yards per game (235.0 passing yds/g; 201.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana by the RB duo of Elijah Mitchell (102 att, 563 yards, 6 TD) and Trey Ragas (94 att, 522 yards, 6 TD). QB Levi Lewis has completed 61.2% of his passes for 13 TD & 7 INT. Lew also is a threat with his legs and has 3 rushing TD’s on the season. The leading receivers for the Ragin’ Cajuns have been Peter LeBlanc (23 rec, 334 yards, TD), Jalen Williams (16 rec, 301 yards, 3 TD), and Kyren Lacy (18 rec, 274 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Louisiana is holding their opponents to an average of 22.1 ppg on 367.6 total yards per game (181.9 passing yds/g; 185.8 rushing yds/g).
The UL Monroe Warhawks had their 2nd straight game postponed/cancelled due to Coivd-19 and come into this game still in search for their first win on the season after falling to 0-8 (0-5 Sun Belt) on the season when they were defeated by the Georgia State Panthers, 52-34, on November 7th. UL Monroe had no answers defensively against the Panthers and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 42-14 margin. UL Monroe was outgained by Georgia State by a 504-424 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Warhawks was QB Jeremy Hunt who completed 26 of 39 passes for 339 yards & 3 TD’s.
On the season, UL Monroe is averaging 16.0 ppg on 310.9 total yards per game (244.9 passing yds/g; 66.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UL Monroe has been led by RB Josh Johnson who has 270 yards & 3 TD’s on 77 carries. QB Jeremy Hunt (57.1 Comp %, 418 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT) played well in his first start of the season after taking over Colby Suits (61.0 Comp %, 1,541 yards, 8 TD, 7 INT). The leading receivers for the Warhawks have been Josh Pederson (28 rec, 329 yards), Jevin Frett (17 rec, 270 yards, TD), Jahquan Bloomfield (14 rec, 263 yards, TD), and Perry Carter Jr. (17 rec, 256 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, UL Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 37.8 ppg on 443.3 total yards per game (184.4 passing yds/g; 258.9 rushing yds/g).
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games on grass, however, are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Warhawks are 16-31-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 3-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Louisiana can at times play down to the level of their opponents, but it is hard to imagine UL Monroe coming out sharp and/or motivated coming in winless. Louisiana has an outstanding rushing attack that should have no trouble piling up points against the UL Monroe 125th ranked rushing defense and as I think Louisiana will be able to hold the Warhawks to single digits offensively, I’m taking Louisiana to cover this large spread. Good Luck!