Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns vs Iowa State Cyclones Prediction, 9/12/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns vs Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: MidAmerican Energy Field
Odds/Point Spread: Louisiana Lafayette (+11.5)
Levi Lewis and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns head to MidAmerican Energy Field on Saturday where they'll meet the Iowa State Cyclones. The odds on this contest have Iowa State as 11.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 58.
In their last game last season, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns went up against the Miami RedHawks and notched a win by a score of 27-17. Running the show from under center for the Buccaneers was Levi Lewis who went 19/26 with 246 yards by way of the pass and completed 2 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Lewis paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 13 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 62 yards by way of 8 carries which meant he was running for 7.8 yards per carry. Ja'Marcus Bradley led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 88 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 12.6 yards per reception for that contest.
The Ragin' Cajuns head into this matchup after finishing 11-3 last year. They were one of the most potent offenses in the country with an average of 37.9 points per game, putting them 10th in D-1. As a unit, they had an average of 257.4 rushing yards per contest which was 1st in the conference. For total yards, they sat at 1st in the conference and 7th in D-1 with 6,917 yards. They are a team that had one of the most potent offenses in the conference and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night.
The Ragin' Cajuns had one of the best defenses in the nation allowing 19.7 points per contest, ranking them 1st in the conference and 18th in the country. When talking about yards rushing, Louisiana Lafayette allowed 174.1 yards per game which had them at 5th in the conference and 82nd in D-1. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.5 yards per carry ranking them 6th in the conference and 87th in the nation overall. In total, they allowed 2,437 yards rushing through 14 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Ragin' Cajuns conceded 3,314 yards. Teams completed 57.3% of the throws they attempted against them and averaged 6.7 yards per attempt.
The last time they took the field in 2019, the Iowa State Cyclones played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and left there with a loss by a score of 33-9. Leading the way at QB for the Cyclones was Brock Purdy who went 17/30 with 222 yards by way of passing but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He ended the game without an interception. Breece Hall led the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 23 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He racked up a total of 55 yards via 17 carries which gave him an average of 3.2 yards per run. La'Michael Pettway was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 54 yards on 4 receptions. He earned an average of 13.5 yards per reception for that contest.
The Cyclones head into this matchup after finishing 7-6. In discussing the offensive production, the Cyclones had one of the most prolific offenses in D-1. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Cyclones were ranked 5th in the conference and 38th out of all the teams in the country with an average of 32.2 points per game. Iowa State had a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 133.3 yards per game, which had them at 102nd in D-1. As a unit, they had a total of 1,733 yards rushing through 13 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Cyclones averaged 444.6 yards per contest overall putting them 28th in Division 1 and 5th in the conference.
The Cyclones gave up 25.9 points per game ranking them 3rd in the Big 12 Conference and 50th in D-1. Their passing defense was one of the middling groups in D-1. They gave up 229.8 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Cyclones were ranked 5th in the conference. In terms of points allowed, they allowed 337 points in total. When talking about yards on the ground, they gave up 139.5 yards per contest ranking them 45th in D-1 and 4th in the conference. For last year, they conceded a total of 1,814 rushing yards.
Who will win tonight's Ragin' Cajuns/Cyclones college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Ragin' Cajuns +11.5
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