Ohio at Louisiana: 9/16/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Ohio at Louisiana:  9/16/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (1-1) vs Ohio Bobcats (0-2)

Game Info: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Cajun Field)

Betting Odds: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -20 -- Over/Under: 57 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ohio Bobcats and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns face off on Thursday in a Week 3 college football season at Cajun Field. These teams last faced off in 2019 and it was Louisiana that came away with the 45-25 victory. 

The Ohio Bobcats have gotten off to a terrible start to their season losing the first two games. In the first game Ohio lost to Syracuse 29-9 and in the last game it didn’t get any better as Duquesne defeated them 28-26. Ohio almost paid a comeback in the 4th quarter, but the 13 points weren’t enough. The rushing game for Ohio hasn’t been awful, averaging 136 yards per game, but the passing attack led by Kurtis Rourke needs to be better. Ohio is averaging 190 yards per game through the air. Ohio’s job isn’t going to get any easier in this game, and they need a bigger game from Rourke. 

On the other side of this matchup is Louisiana who come into this game with a 1-1 record. Louisiana lost to Texas in their first game, before defeating Nicholls State in their last game. Against Nicholls State, Louisiana was outscored 14-3 in the fourth quarter, and they had to hang on for the three-point victory. Under center for Louisiana is Levi Lewis and in the last game, he completed 19 of his 33 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, the Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging only 83.5 yards per game, and in this game, they need to find a more balanced attack. 

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Ohio is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall. Louisiana is 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 games overall. The over is 10-0-1 in the Bobcats last 11 games against the Sun Belt. The under is 4-1 in Louisiana’s last five games played in September. 

Louisiana is the better team in this matchup, but the way they struggled in the 4th quarter against Nicholls State really concerns me. I expect Ohio to have more success through the air with Kurtis Rourke. Ohio might not win this game, but the Bobcats offense will help cover this spread.

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