Troy vs Louisiana Lafayette NCAA Football Game Picks 11/23/2019
Game: Troy Trojans vs Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Cajun Field in Lafayette, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Louisiana Lafayette -14
Levi Lewis and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns host the Troy Trojans at Cajun Field on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Troy opens this matchup as 14-point dogs. The Trojans are 4-6-0 ATS and 7-3-0 when betting on the total. The Ragin' Cajuns are 5-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 8-2-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Troy Trojans took on the Texas State Bobcats and won 63-27. DK Billingsley led the team on the ground during the game. He had a long run of 16 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 40 yards by way of 12 carries which meant he averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Kaylon Geiger was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 61 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 7.6 yards per reception during the game. Running the show from under center for the Trojans was Kaleb Barker who went 30/43 with 363 yards through the air and tossed 6 TD's. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Trojans ran the ball a total of 32 times and racked up a total of 103 yards giving them an average of 3.2 yards per run. On the day, the Trojans earned a total of 25 1st downs and they totaled 3 infractions for 25 yards which is telling of the great week of practice this squad had. Overall, they ran 78 plays for a total of 471 yards. When discussing the defense, Troy allowed 29 completions on 44 throws for a total of 263 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.9%. For the game, they gave up 416 yards and earned 4 turnovers. Against the run, the Trojans allowed 153 yards on 27 runs which gave them an average of 5.7 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Trojans head into this matchup 5-5 this year. For total yardage, they currently sit at 2nd in the Sun Belt Conference and 18th in college football with 4,786 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 39 points per game, ranking them 10th in college football. As a team, they are averaging 155.2 rushing yards per game which is 8th in the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans have one of the worst defenses in the nation, giving up 31.6 points per contest ranking them 6th in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Trojans have conceded 3,234 yards. Teams are completing 64.3% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.3 yards per try. When it comes to rushing yards, Troy is allowing 144.6 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the Sun Belt and 53rd in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.9 yards per carry putting them 1st in the Sun Belt Conference and 50th in college football overall. In total, they have allowed 1,446 yards rushing through 10 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns played the South Alabama Jaguars and earned the win by a score of 37-27. Elijah Mitchell paced the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 44 yards and he added 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 117 yards by way of 17 carries which gave him an average of 6.9 yards per carry. Jamal Bell was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 51 yards on 3 receptions. He earned an average of 17.0 yards per reception during the game. Running the show from under center for the Ragin' Cajuns was Levi Lewis who went 16/29 with 136 yards through the air and completed 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Ragin' Cajuns ran the ball 45 times and totaled 255 yards giving them an average of 5.7 yards per attempt. For the contest, the Ragin' Cajuns got 23 1st downs and they totaled 5 penalties for 55 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. In the game, they finished with a total of 74 plays which added up to 391 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Louisiana Lafayette gave up 8 catches on 15 throws totaling 116 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.3%. On the ground, the Ragin' Cajuns gave up 351 yards on 50 tries which gave them an average of 7.0 yards per attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded a total of 467 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Ragin' Cajuns come into this game with a record of 8-2. Louisiana Lafayette is making teams fear their ground game this season by averaging 278.4 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 6th in Division 1. As a team, they have a total of 2,784 rushing yards through 10 games, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Ragin' Cajuns average 488.4 yards per game overall which has them at 11th in D-1 and 1st in the Sun Belt Conference. The Ragin' Cajuns are giving up 18.1 points per contest ranking them 1st in the conference and 14th in D-1. Their passing defense is one of the elite units in the nation. They are allowing 183.8 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Ragin' Cajuns sit in 2nd in the conference. When talking about points given up, they have allowed 181 points in total. In discussing yards on the ground, they are giving up 167.1 yards per contest ranking them 74th in the country and 4th in the Sun Belt Conference. For the 2019 season, they have conceded 1,671 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Trojans/Ragin' Cajuns college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Ragin' Cajuns -14
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