College football is back, and there are some notable games on the schedule this weekend. In one of the games, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns will take on the Georgia State Panthers in a showdown of Sun Belt teams.
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-0 after pulling off a huge road upset over Iowa State in their first game of the season. Georgia State has yet to play a game in 2020, but they were a solid team in 2019.
Defense Carried Ragin Cajuns
Louisiana-Lafayette went into Ames, Iowa and completely shut down a good Iowa State offensive team. The Ragin Caguns allowed just 14 points in the win, and their rush defense was particularly solid.
The offense racked up just 272 yards of total offense in the win over Iowa State, but it was more than good enough. The Ragin Cajuns will need a better offensive performance in this game, but they will also be facing a much weaker defense.
Panthers Want to Run
Georgia State was one of the best rushing teams in the country a season ago, racking up more than 240 yards per game. Even though the Panthers have lost some of their runnings back to graduation, this team will employ the same strategy in 2020.
The Panthers did give up more than 36 points per game in 2019, and that is a cause for concern heading into this season. Georgia State is facing a team with a ton of momentum, and they will need to come up with some defensive stops.
Louisiana-Lafayette/Georgia State Betting Lines
The spread for this game would have likely been much smaller had Louisiana-Lafayette not looked so impressive in their season opening win. The Ragin Cajuns have actually moved into the top-25, and they are big favorites in this game.
BetOnline has Louisiana-Lafayette as 17.5-point favorites in this Sun Belt showdown on Saturday.
Free Betting Pick
Georgia State could really run the football a season ago, but they are facing a tough rushing defense in this game. Louisiana-Lafayette did little wrong in their season opener, and this team doesn’t have many holes.
There could be a small let down for the Ragin Cajuns after their upset over Iowa State, but this team is too talented to lose this game. Look for Lousiana-Lafayette to run away from their conference opponent in this game.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -17.5