We have college football action on Tuesday this week and it’s a terrific game and potential Sun Belt Conference title matchup preview as Appalachian State visits Louisiana. The schools met in the Sun Belt title game in 2018 & ’19 and App State won both. The Mountaineers are favored on the NCAAF odds Tuesday.
How to Bet Appalachian State at Louisiana NCAA Football Odds & TV Info
- When: Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Cajun Field, Lafayette, La.
- TV: ESPN2
- Stream: ESPN app
- Radio: Tunein.com
- Opening NCAAF Lines: Louisiana +5 (total 57)
App State won the first eight meetings in its series against Louisiana, including both Sun Belt title games in Boone and the last showdown between the two schools at Cajun Field — a 17-7 victory by the Mountaineers in 2019. However, the Ragin’ Cajuns won last year 24-21.
Why Bet on Appalachian State?
The Mountaineers (4-1) last played on Oct. 2 at Georgia State and won 45-16. Chase Brice threw three touchdown passes while completing 20 passes for 326 yards. Corey Sutton’s four catches for 106 yards included a 79-yard score for App State moments after the Panthers pulled within 14-9 midway through the third quarter, starting a run of 31 straight points in roughly 12 minutes to increase the margin to 45-9, with three field goals accounting for all of Georgia State’s scoring to that point.
It was Sutton’s 20th career TD catch, which leads active Sun Belt players since 2018 and makes him one of five receivers in school history with 20 or more. Nate Noel rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown – all in the first half before he left with an injury. He entered the game as the Sun Belt’s leading rusher at 109.3 yards per game. The first-quarter 23-yard score was his first of the season.
Noel averages 102.2 rushing yards and 6.4 yards per carry, and Camerun Peoples averages 88.3 yards and 5.3 per carry. Peoples missed the last game with an injury. UL has held opponents to fewer than 25 points in its last four games, but it also ranks 92nd in total defense with 410.8 yards allowed per game, including 174.8 yards rushing.
It was App State’s 50th win versus a Sun Belt team since joining the league in 2014. The only programs in the country with more intraconference wins in that span are Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma. It was also App State’s 29th road win since moving up to the FBS ranks in 2014. That’s tied with Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma for second-most nationally behind Boise State’s 30 during that span.
The Mountaineers have 15 sacks and 23 quarterback hurries through five games this season, with do-everything linebacker D’Marco Jackson ranking among the national leaders in tackles per game (third, 10.8), tackles for loss per game (tied for first, 2.0) and sacks (25th, 0.8).
Why Bet on Louisiana?Louisiana (4-1) won 20-18 at South Alabama on Oct. 2 as the Jaguars missed a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds. In addition to the late miss, the Ragin’ Cajuns were aided by a blocked PAT by Kendall Wilkerson and another missed PAT from Jags’ kicker. Louisiana rushed for 225 yards, its second-most this season.
Running back Emani Bailey led the charge with seven carries for 81 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season. Quarterback Levi Lewis got it done on the ground as well, recording a team-high 10 carries for 61 yards and his first rushing score of the year. Lewis also completed nine passes for 49 yards. Lewis needs four passing touchdowns to set the program record for career passing scores. The current record of 64 is held by Ragin’ Cajun legend Jake Delhomme.
Lewis is 26-7 as the starting quarterback in his career. Lewis has thrown for at least 200 yards in four out of the team’s five games and is now 12-3 in his career when eclipsing the 200-yard marking through the air. Louisiana is 18-1 when Lewis throws two or more touchdowns in a game
Louisiana has won 25 of its last 29 games. It owns a 21-7 record against Sun Belt opposition under Coach Billy Napier, including a 13-0 mark against Sun Belt West opposition. The Ragin’ Cajuns have been phenomenal at home since the 2018 season, owning a 14-3 record.
Louisiana is 32-5 under Napier when scoring more than 20 points. The Ragin’ Cajuns own a 12-3 record in one-possession games since the start of the 2018 season.
- Mountaineers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite.
- Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
- Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win.
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference games.
- Underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Expert Prediction: App State 30, Louisiana 27
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