The Appalachian State Mountaineers look to continue their dominance over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns when they meet in a key Sun Belt Conference crossover game on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers (4-1, 1-0), who have defeated Louisiana in eight of nine all-time meetings, including all three in Lafayette, are 67-16 overall (80.7 percent) since the start of the 2015 season. That mark is the fifth-best in FBS. The Ragin’ Cajuns (4-1, 2-0) have held their opponents to under 25 points for four consecutive games, and the team is 23-1 since 2018 when holding an opponent to 25 points or fewer.
The game from Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. Appalachian State is averaging 35.2 points per game this season, while Louisiana averages 28.4. The Mountaineers are favored by five points in the latest Appalachian State vs. Louisiana odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 54.5. Before making any Louisiana vs. Appalachian State picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine’s Emory Hunt.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player’s perspective.
Hunt has had plenty of success in games involving Appalachian State. In fact, he is 9-2 on his last 11 against the spread picks involving Appalachian State, returning nearly $700 to $100 players. Hunt has also gone 178-149 on his college football picks over the past two seasons, returning $1,477 to $100 players. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Appalachian State vs. Louisiana spread: Appalachian State -5Appalachian State vs. Louisiana over-under: 57 pointsAppalachian State vs. Louisiana money line: Appalachian State -210, Louisiana +175APLST: The Mountaineers are 74-21 since joining the Sun Belt in 2014UL: The Ragin’ Cajuns have won 25 of their last 29 games
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Why Appalachian State can cover
Senior Corey Xavier Sutton, a Comeback Player of the Year candidate after missing all of 2020 to fully recover from a 2019 knee injury, is one of six FBS receivers this season with three consecutive 100-yard games. In the last three games, he has 21 catches for 361 yards and two touchdowns. He had 128 yards vs. Elon, 127 vs. Marshall and 106 vs. Georgia State. Against Marshall, he caught a career-high 10 passes.
Defensively, the Mountaineers are led by Bednarik Award candidate D’Marco Jackson. The senior is third in FBS with both 10.8 tackles per game and 2.0 tackles for loss. He leads the team with 54 tackles, including 30 solo, with 10 tackles for loss. He also has four sacks for 15 yards, which also ranks in the top 25, along with two pass breakups and one interception.
Why Louisiana can cover
Despite that, the Mountaineers are not a lock to cover the Appalachian State vs. Louisiana spread. That’s because the Ragin’ Cajuns are hard to beat at home, going 14-3 at Cajun Field under coach Billy Napier, who is in his fourth season with the team. Senior quarterback Levi Lewis is also off to a fast start to the season, completing 94-of-150 passes (62.7 percent) for 1,096 yards and seven touchdowns. He has only been intercepted once and has a rating of 138.1. He has also carried 38 times for 122 yards (3.2 average) and one TD.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Dontae Fleming is making another good impression and leads the team with 13 receptions for 166 yards (12.8 average) and a score. In the Sept. 25 win at Georgia Southern, Fleming caught four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
How to make Appalachian State vs. Louisiana picks
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