Through 3 Quarters
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns were expected to take an ‘L’ in this one, but so far it isn’t playing out to script. After three quarters it’s looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Appalachian State Mountaineers as the Ragin’ Cajuns lead 27-13.
Here’s an interesting fact: Louisiana also had a 14-point lead after the third quarter in the teams’ last meeting.
Appalachian State @ Louisiana
Current Records: Appalachian State 4-1; Louisiana 4-1
What to Know
After two games on the road, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns are heading back home. The Ragin’ Cajuns and the Appalachian State Mountaineers will face off in a Sun Belt battle at 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday at Cajun Field. Both teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.
Things were close when Louisiana and the South Alabama Jaguars clashed last week, but Louisiana ultimately edged out the opposition 20-18. The Louisiana offense checked out after the first half but had enough points banked to take the contest anyway.
Meanwhile, you’re bound to get a positive result if you outscore your opponent every quarter, and that’s exactly how it played out for Appalachian State last week. Everything went their way against the Georgia State Panthers as they made off with a 45-16 victory. The matchup was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Appalachian State had established a 31-9 advantage. Appalachian State QB Chase Brice was slinging it as he passed for three TDs and 329 yards on 29 attempts. Brice’s 80-yard touchdown toss to WR Christian Wells in the fourth quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the afternoon.
Appalachian State’s defense was a presence as well, as it got past Georgia State’s offensive line to sack the QB four times total. Leading the way was LB D’Marco Jackson and his two sacks. Those were the first sacks for Jackson this season.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are expected to lose this next one by 4.5. Against the spread, they have been house darlings this year with a chancy 1-3 ATS record.
The wins brought both teams up to an identical 4-1. A couple defensive stats to keep an eye on: Louisiana is stumbling into the matchup with the 172nd most rushing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up eight on the season. Appalachian State has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 170th worst in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, with 247.2 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
The Mountaineers are a 4.5-point favorite against the Ragin’ Cajuns, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Mountaineers as a 3.5-point favorite.
Appalachian State have won seven out of their last eight games against Louisiana.
Dec 04, 2020 – Louisiana 24 vs. Appalachian State 21Dec 07, 2019 – Appalachian State 45 vs. Louisiana 38Oct 09, 2019 – Appalachian State 17 vs. Louisiana 7Dec 01, 2018 – Appalachian State 30 vs. Louisiana 19Oct 20, 2018 – Appalachian State 27 vs. Louisiana 17Dec 02, 2017 – Appalachian State 63 vs. Louisiana 14Oct 12, 2016 – Appalachian State 24 vs. Louisiana 0Nov 28, 2015 – Appalachian State 28 vs. Louisiana 7