Georgia State vs Louisiana-Lafayette Prediction - College Football Picks 10/21/23

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (4-2) vs Georgia State Panthers (5-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Cajun Field)

Betting Odds: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -2.5 -- Over/Under: 58 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Georgia State Panthers will head down to Lafayette to meet the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in Sun Belt play this weekend from Cajun Field on ESPNU.

Georgia State Panthers Preview 

Georgia State improved to 5-1 after defeating Marshall in Atlanta, 41-24. The Panthers pounced on the Herd early to get back into the win column, and they’ll look to become bowl-eligible here with a victory. The Georgia St. offense is scoring 32.7 ppg, while passing for 236.8 ypg, rushing for 185.0 ypg, and converting 50% of their third downs.

GSU Player Notes

Darren Grainger had a productive outing versus a rugged Marshall defense, passing for 234 yards with a touchdown pass and a pair of scoring runs. The senior QB has been turnover free in all five wins this season, and he’ll attempt to win his third straight road start here in LA. Grainger has thrown for 1,421 yards, with eight touchdowns to two interceptions, and he’s rushed for 350 yards and five scores thru six games.

• Senior back Marcus Carroll has scored in each of the first six games, and he leads the Panthers in rushing with 742 yards on 143 carries.

• Junior wideout Robert Lewis has caught six passes or more in three of six contests, and he leads the team in receptions (30) and receiving yards (536).

• The Georgia State defense is allowing 23.8 points per game.

 

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Preview 

Louisiana comes in at 4-2 after defeating Texas State in Lafayette, 34-30. The Ragin’ Cajuns scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to get back into the win column, and they’ll look to remain undefeated at home this weekend. The UL-Lafayette offense is scoring 35.5 ppg, while passing for 223.7 ypg, rushing for 224.0 ypg, and converting 44.4% of their third downs.

ULL Player Notes

Zeon Chriss managed last week’s contest well, totaling 272 yards and four touchdowns against Texas State. The Baton Rouge native has been effective since being elevated into the QB1 role, and his dual threat usage may find success against Georgia State here at home. Chriss has thrown for 800 yards, with seven touchdowns to four interceptions, and he’s rushed for 327 yards and five scores thru five games.

• Senior back Jacob Kibodi has scored in three of the last four games, and he leads the team in rushing with 439 yards on 51 carries.

• Sophomore wideout Robert Williams went for a season-high 90 yards in the win over the Bobcats, and he leads ULL in receptions (20) and receiving yards (267).

• The Louisiana defense has allowed 29.1 points per game.

 

Georgia State vs Louisiana Trends

GSU is 4-2 against the spread, with a 3-3 O/U record. 

ULL is 2-4 ATS, with a 5-1 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Two of the stronger teams in the Sun Belt will collide this weekend in what could be one of the better matchups on the slate this weekend. Georgia State has been very sharp this season, aside from a loss to Troy, and I like taking a shot with them as road underdogs here. Louisiana has been solid in their own right, but they’ve been skating by over the past few weeks, and the Panthers may be able to capitalize. Spot Georgia State the points this Saturday night.

Corey’s Pick Georgia State to Cover

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