Louisiana Lafayette at Ohio Expert College Football Picks Against the Spread 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Nathan Rourke and the Ohio Bobcats host the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns at Peden Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Ohio opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The total is set at 66. The Ragin' Cajuns are 3-0-0 ATS and 2-1-0 when betting on the total. The Bobcats are 1-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-2-0 against the spread.
Key Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Injuries
09/15/19 WR Calif Gossett Ankle is questionable Saturday vs Ohio
Key Ohio Bobcats Injuries
09/16/19 RB O'Shaan Allison Upper Body is out indefinitely
09/15/19 RB Julian Ross Leg is questionable Saturday vs UL Lafayette
09/15/19 WR Tyler Tupa Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs UL Lafayette
The last time they took the field, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns played the Texas Southern Tigers and won 77-6. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Ragin' Cajuns was Levi Lewis who went 10/13 with 181 yards through the air and tossed 2 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. T.J. Wisham paced the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 29 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He racked up a total of 103 yards via 10 carries which gave him an average of 10.3 yards per carry. Peter Leblanc led the team in receiving yardage by earning 53 yards on 1 reception. He averaged 53.0 yards per catch for the game. The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns ended up rushing 42 times and added 440 yards giving them an average of 10.5 yards per attempt. Overall, the Ragin' Cajuns racked up 34 first downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 50 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. Overall, they finished with a total of 71 plays for 748 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Louisiana Lafayette conceded 20 completions on 41 tries for a total of 164 yards, and a completion percentage of 48.8%. For this contest, they conceded 236 yards and forced 0 takeaways. In the running game, the Ragin' Cajuns conceded 72 yards on 27 carries allowing their opponent an average of 2.7 yards per attempt allowed.
The Ragin' Cajuns come into this game with a record of 2-1 for this season. For total yardage, they sit in 1st in the conference and 3rd in college football with 1,771 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 46.7 points per game, putting them 16th in college football. As a team, they have an average of 336.7 rushing yards per contest which is 1st in the Sun Belt Conference. The Ragin' Cajuns have one of the top tier defenses in the country, allowing 19.3 points per game ranking them 2nd in the Sun Belt. When it comes to yards through the air, the Ragin' Cajuns have allowed 761 yards. Opponents are completing 56.4% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. In discussing yards on the ground, Louisiana Lafayette is giving up 158.3 yards per game ranking them 5th in the Sun Belt and 79th in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5 yards per rush ranking them 7th in the Sun Belt and 109th in D-1 overall. In total, they have conceded 475 yards rushing through 3 games.
In the last game they played, the Ohio Bobcats faced the Marshall Thundering Herd and lost 33-31. Nathan Rourke led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 72 yards and he notched 1 TD for the contest. He scurried for 118 yards on 9 carries which gave him an average of 13.1 yards per tote. Isiah Cox was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 61 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 15.3 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bobcats was Nathan Rourke who went 15/25 with 215 yards through the air and completed 3 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Ohio Bobcats ended up rushing 31 times and racked up 223 yards which gave them an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. Overall, they ran 57 plays for 438 yards. For the contest, the Bobcats racked up 18 first downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 15 yards telling us that they had a strong outing in terms of discipline. When it comes to their defensive performance, Ohio gave up 17 catches on 28 attempts totaling 206 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.7%. Against the run, the Bobcats gave up 305 yards on 46 attempts which gave them an average of 6.6 yards per carry allowed. For the game, they allowed a total of 511 yards and earned 0 turnovers.
The Bobcats come into this matchup with a record of 1-2. Ohio is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 178.7 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 56th in the nation. As a team, they have a total of 536 rushing yards through 3 contests, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Bobcats average 372 yards per contest overall which has them at 85th in the nation and 7th in the MAC. The Bobcats are conceding 24.3 points per contest which puts them at 2nd in the MAC and 65th in the country. When it comes to points given up, they have allowed 73 points in total. In regard to yards rushing, they are giving up 183 yards per contest ranking them 103rd in D-1 and 10th in the Mid-American Conference. In 2019, they have allowed a total of 549 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in college football. They are allowing 272.7 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bobcats sit in 8th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Ragin' Cajuns/Bobcats college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Ragin' Cajuns +4
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