Canceled: Louisiana-Lafayette at Coastal Carolina: 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-0) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (9-1)
Game Info: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Brooks Stadium)
Betting Odds: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -4 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 19th ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and 13th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will square off at Brooks Stadium (SC) this Saturday afternoon in the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
The 19th ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns won their 6th straight game and improved to 9-1 on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 24-21, on December 4th. Louisiana already had their ticket punched to the Sun Belt Championship as the closest competition in the Sun Belt – West was the 4-7 South Alabama Jaguars, however, the Ragin’ Cajuns still came to play and beat a very good Appalachian State team. Louisiana was outgained by Appalachian State by a 290-227 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was QB Levi Lewis who completed 8 of 23 passes for 101 yards & 1 TD while also adding 77 rushing yards.
On the season, Louisiana is averaging 33.9 ppg on 422.6 total yards per game (214.8 passing yds/g; 207.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana has been led by the backfield duo of Elijah Mitchell (122 att, 751 yards, 7 TD) & Trey Ragas (117 att, 660 yards, 9 TD). QB Levi Lewis has completed 60.0% of his passes for 2,128 yards, 17 TD, & 7 INT. Lewis also can do some damage with his legs as he has 310 yards & 5 TD’s on 48 carries. The top receiving threats for the Ragin’ Cajuns have been Jalen Williams (19 rec, 345 yards, 3 TD), Peter LeBlanc (23 rec, 334 yards, TD), Kyren Lacy (24 rec, 326 yards, 3 TD), and Dontae Fleming (12 rec, 190 yards, TD).
Defensively, Louisiana is holding their opponents to an average of 21.8 ppg on 347.8 total yards per game (166.9 passing yds/g; 180.9 rushing yds/g).
The 13th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers keep their undefeated season alive and improved to 11-0 on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 42-38, this past Saturday. Coastal Carolina had more of a battle than expected as Troy took a 38-35 lead with just 1:20 left in regulation after scoring two TD’s in a span of 1:28, however, the Chanticleers were able to recover and score the game winning TD on a 23-yard reception by Jaivon Heiligh with :35 seconds left in the game. Coastal Carolina outgained Troy by a 514-443 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Chanticleers as WR Jaivon Heiligh who had 11 receptions for 138 yards & 2 TD’s.
On the season, Coastal Carolina is averaging 37.5 ppg on 446.8 total yards per game (223.6 passing yds/g; 223.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Coastal Carolina has been led by QB Grayson McCall who has completed 69.3% of his passes for 2,170 yards, 23 TD, & 2 INT. McCall is also the 2nd leading rusher for Coastal Carolina as he has 473 yards & 6 TD’s on 96 carries. The top receiving threats for the Chanticleers have been Jaivon Heiligh (52 rec, 820 yards, 10 TD), Isaiah Likely (25 rec, 517 yards, 4 TD), Kameron Brown (20 rec, 306 yards, 3 TD), and Sam Denmark (15 rec, 267 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Coastal Carolina backfield has been CJ Marable who has 844 yards & 10 TD’s on 162 carries while also hauling in 30 receptions for 220 yards & 7 TD’s.
Defensively, Coastal Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 18.7 ppg on 340.7 total yards per game (202.8 passing yds/g; 137.9 rushing yds/g).
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Chanticleers are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
Coastal Carolina was able to upset Louisiana on the road early this season in a 30-27 victory in mid-October and I think Coastal Carolina will be able to take care of business against here. Louisiana is a great team as they demonstrated in their victory at Iowa State to start the season, however, the Ragin’ Cajuns depend heavily on their rushing attack for their offense and will be a hard time to find success against a Coastal Carolina team that ranks 45th in rushing defense. Coastal Carolina can beat you offensively through the air or on the ground and as I think they can put up another 30+ points against the Ragin’ Cajuns in this one, I’m taking Coastal Carolina to win and cover this spread. Good Luck!