New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette at Marshall: 12/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette at Marshall: 12/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall Thundering Herd (7-5) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (12-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 9:15 pm (Caesars Superdome)

Betting Odds: Marshall Thundering Herd +6 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns and Marshall Thundering Herd face off on Saturday in a college football showdown at the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. 

The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns come into this game with a 12-1 record overall and they have gone 6-7 against the spread. Louisiana has hit the under in 10 of the 13 games. Louisiana’s last game was against Appalachian State and the defense was strong in that game giving up only 16 points and that led to the eight-point victory. Louisiana is averaging 30.7 points while their defense is giving up 18.3 points per game. Under center for Louisiana is Levi Lewis who has thrown for 2,647 yards, 19 touchdowns, and four interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Marshall Thundering Herd who sit with a 7-5 record overall and they have gone 6-6 against the spread. In the last game against Western Kentucky, the defense really struggled giving up 53 points and that led to the blowout defeat. Marshall is averaging 34 points while their defense is giving up 22.7 points per game. Under center for Marshall is Grant Wells who has thrown for 3,433 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Running back Rasheen Ali has also rushed for 1,241 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

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Louisiana is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against a team with a winning record. Marshall is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine bowl games. The under is 5-2-1 in the Ragin' Cajuns last 8 non-conference games. The over is 22-5 in the Thundering Herd's last 27 non-conference games. The under is 4-1 in Marshall’s last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.

Louisiana has found success against good teams, and they are going to find success again in this game. The Ragin’ Cajuns defense was strong in the last game and they are going to lock down in this game. Back Louisiana to cover the spread. I also believe that this game will be lower scoring and the under is going to cash. 

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Shane’s Pick Louisiana -6

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