Saturday, December 17, 2016
New Orleans Bowl
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles take on the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in the New Orleans Bowl. The opening line for this game has Southern Miss as 2 point favorites. This season the Golden Eagles are 3-8-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-5-1. The Ragin' Cajuns have an over/under record of 5-7-0 and they are 8-4-0 against the spread.
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Nick Mullens finished with 342 yards through the air for Southern Mississippi in his last game. He completed 29 passes out of 33 attempts for a 88% completion percentage. The Golden Eagles were led in rushing by Ito Smith, who finished with 127 yards on 24 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. D.J. Thompson was the team leader in receiving with a total of 135 yards and 12 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. As a team in that game Southern Mississippi got a total of 25 first downs. Of those first downs, 6 came on the ground while 17 came through the air. They ran 77 total plays for 431 yards for the game. The Golden Eagles ran for 89 yards on 44 attempts.
Anthony Jennings finished with 242 yards passing for Louisiana Lafayette in his last contest. He went 13 for 24, resulting in a 54% completion percentage. The Ragin' Cajuns were led on the ground by Elijah McGuire, who finished with 27 yards on 10 carries. He ended the game with an average of 3 yards per rush. Ja'Marcus Bradley led the team in receiving with 113 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 28 yards per reception. Louisiana Lafayette had 15 first downs total. 3 came from running the ball and 9 came from a pass. They ran 57 total plays for 292 yards for the contest. The Ragin' Cajuns ran for 50 yards on 33 carries as a team.
Southern Mississippi scores 33.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 40th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 21.7 passes on 36.3 attempts for a 59.6 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 294.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 22nd in college football. The Golden Eagles run for an average of 180.7 yards per game on 42.6 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 61st in the nation. They also run 78.9 plays per contest and average 6 yards per play for an average of 474.9 yards per game, ranking their offense 24th overall this season. The Golden Eagles average 23.8 first downs per game which ranks them 24th in the country. They accumulate 59 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, which ranks 41st in the nation.
Southern Mississippi allows 181.6 passing yards per game, ranking 11th in D-1, and they allow 30.3 points per contest on defense, which ranks 80th. They give up 13.5 completions on 24.2 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 55.9. The Golden Eagles allow 152.2 rushing yards per game on 31.7 carries for an average of 4.8 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 45th in the country. Southern Mississippi allows 333.8 total yards per game including 6 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 18th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.7 penalties for 58.6 yards per game, ranking them 93rd among D-1 teams.
Louisiana Lafayette averages 23.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 108th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 16.3 passes per game on 26.8 attempts for a 61.1 percent completion percentage. They throw for 185.2 yards through the air per game, ranking them 103rd in Division 1. The Ragin' Cajuns run for an average of 180.8 yards per game on 44.9 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 60th on the ground. They also run 71.7 plays per game and average 5.1 yards per play for a total of 365.9 yards per game, ranking them 104th in the country on offense. The Ragin' Cajuns get an average of 19.5 first downs per game, which ranks 100th in the nation. They average 58.3 penalty yards per game via 7.3 penalties, ranking them 45th in college football.
Louisiana Lafayette allows an average of 241.9 passing yards per game, which ranks 79th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 25.1 points per contest, which has them ranked 48th in the nation. They give up 20.5 completions on 33.1 attempts for a completion percentage of 62 per game. The Ragin' Cajuns allow 126.5 rushing yards per contest on 38.2 carries for a 3.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 24th in the country. Louisiana Lafayette allows 368.4 total yards per game for an average of 5.2 yards per play, which ranks 38th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 5.6 penalties for 46.5 yards in each contest, ranking 34th in the nation.
Southern Mississippi Betting Trends
Southern Mississippi is 6-5-1 against the over/under this season
Southern Mississippi has an ATS record of 3-8-1 this season
Louisiana Lafayette Betting Trends
Louisiana Lafayette is 5-7-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Lafayette has an ATS record of 8-4-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/02/16 TE Taylor Marini Undisclosed out indefinitely
11/29/16 WR Gabe Fuselier Personal has left the team
11/29/16 WR Gary Haynes Personal has left the team
10/10/16 DL David Lemoto Knee out for season
10/10/16 DL LaDarrius Kidd Ankle out for season
10/04/16 QB Jalen Nixon Ankle out for season
09/24/16 LB Alonzo Brown ACL out for season
09/24/16 DB Cole Bourque ACL out for season
09/24/16 WR Devin Scott Knee out for season
09/24/16 LB Tanner Holmes ACL out for season
09/01/16 OL Staten Wade Knee out indefinitely
08/30/16 K Calvin Linden Eligibility out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Louisiana Lafayette +2
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