Louisiana-Lafayette at South Alabama - 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette at South Alabama - 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

South Alabama Jaguars (3-0) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (3-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Hancock Whitney Stadium)

Betting Odds: South Alabama Jaguars +12.5 -- Over/Under: 53 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The South Alabama Jaguars and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns square off Saturday night in a Sun Belt week 5 college football contest at Hancock Whitney Stadium. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns look to build on their three-game winning streak. The South Alabama Jaguars look for their first 4-0 start since the 2010 CFB season. 

The South Alabama Jaguars have split their last eight home games. Jake Bentley is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 684 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Jalen Tolbert and Caullin Lacy have combined for 450 receiving yards on 28 catches while Jalen Wayne has 10 receptions. The South Alabama Jaguars ground game is averaging 130.3 yards per contest, and Kareem Walker leads the way with 208 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, South Alabama is allowing 15.7 points and 291 yards per game. Yam Banks leads the South Alabama Jaguars with 14 tackles, CJ Rias has two sacks and Davyn Flenord has one interception.

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have won seven of their last eight road games. Levin Lewis is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,047 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Dontae Fleming and Michael Jefferson have combined for 284 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Kyren Lacy has 10 receptions. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns ground game is averaging 151.3 yards per contest, and Chris Smith leads the way with 191 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Louisiana-Lafayette is allowing 24 points and 412.3 yards per game. Lorenzo McCaskill leads the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns with 30 tackles, Chauncey Manac has 1.5 sacks and Kris Moncrief has one interception.

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The Ragin' Cajuns are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jaguars are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Ragin' Cajuns last 6 games overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Jaguars last 26 games overall. The home team is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.

There's much better betting options on this Saturday CFB card, but Louisiana-Lafayette should have its way on the offensive end. The South Alabama Jaguars haven't played anybody worth bragging about through three games and still struggled to pull away in those games. The Ragin’ Cajuns are much better than any team South Alabama has played up to this point. I don't love this game, but I'd lean toward Louisiana-Lafayette if forced to pick.

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Randy’s Pick Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -12.5

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