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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (+2, OFF)
The Arkansas State Red Wolves and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’
Cajuns both put unbeaten Sun Belt Conference records on the
line in a Tuesday night showdown at Cajun Field. The Red
Wolves trounced host Georgia State 52-10 on Oct. 11 for their
third straight victory since a one-sided loss to Miami.
They’ll meet their match in the Ragin’ Cajuns, who followed
up a narrow win over the Panthers with a 34-10 drubbing of
Texas State a week ago in hostile territory.
The key to Louisiana-Lafayette extending its winning streak
to three games will be finding a way to suppress the Arkansas
State running game. The Red Wolves are ranked in the top 30
nationally at 219.2 yards on the ground per game, led by
Junior running back Michael Gordon and his 9.4 yards per
carry. The Ragin’ Cajuns are no slouches in the backfield
themselves – averaging 192.8 yards per game – and quarterback
Terrence Broadway looks like he has turned a corner.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2.
LINE HISTORY: Arkansas State opened -3
but the line has since dropped a half-point.
INJURY REPORT: Arkansas State: DB
Charleston Girley (wrist), DB Chris Humes (biceps), DL Jonah
Hill (knee) and OL Daniel Keith (ankle) are out.
Louisiana-Lafayette: S Trevence
Patt (ankle) and WR Jamal Robinson (foot) are questionable;
OL Jeremy Sparks (neck) and DL Marvin Martin (knee) are
WEATHER REPORT: Cajun Field will see
clear skies with temperatures in the low-80s and wind out of
the northeast at 9 mph.
ABOUT ARKANSAS STATE (4-2, 5-1 ATS, 2-4
O/U): The Red Wolves could do no wrong against
overmatched Georgia State, racking up 384 yards on the
ground, another 234 through the air and converting 10-of-13
third-down opportunities. Gordon was the catalyst with 188
rushing yards and a pair of scores, and has 356 yards on just
33 carries in his past two contests. The Arkansas State
defense has also excelled during the winning streak, allowing
fewer than 13 points per game while holding each of their
last two opponents below 75 rushing yards.
ABOUT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (3-3, 2-4 ATS, 3-3
O/U): Broadway struggled mightily in
back-to-back losses to Ole Miss and Boise State – barely
completing 50 percent of his passes with zero touchdowns and
four interceptions – but has rebounded nicely. He went
20-of-26 for 216 yards in the victory over Georgia State and
followed that up with a 225-yard, one-touchdown,
one-interception performance against Texas State. That game
also saw him rush for a season-best 101 yards on 19 rushes;
Louisiana-Lafayette improved to 1-2 on the season in games
where Broadway exceeds 50 rushing yards.
* Red Wolves are 7-1 ATS in their last eight
* Ragin’ Cajuns are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home
games against teams with winning road records.
* Over is 5-1 in Arkansas State’s last six conference
* Over is 10-2-1 in Louisiana-Lafayette’s last 13 games
COVERS CONSENSUS: 54.17
percent percent of Covers users are
backing the Red Wolves -2.