Arkansas State Louisiana-Lafayette Odds
The Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns host the Arkansas State Red Wolves in Sun Belt action on Tuesday, October 22nd. This will be the second straight nationally televised weeknight game for the Rajin’ Cajuns as they lost at North Texas last Tuesday. You can catch this contest on ESPN 2 at 8:00 EST.
Lafayette has won three of the last four meetings in this series, and the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings. Arkansas State won at home last year by a final of 30-21. Ryan Aplin threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Red Wolves.
Taking a look at the odds for Week 9, I find a spread of Louisiana-Lafayette -4 over Arkansas State.
The Rajin’ Cajuns (4-2, 2-1 Sun Belt) will be looking to improve to 4-0 at home this season when they host Arkansas State Tuesday. They will also be motivated to bounce back from a tough 23-30 loss at North Texas last Tuesday.
Harry Peoples scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Terrance Broadway on Louisiana-Lafayette’s opening drive of the third quarter to give it a 20-6 lead. However, it was all Mean Green from there as they outscored the Rajin’ Cajuns 24-3 the rest of the way. Antoinne Jimmerson’s 78-yard touchdown reception from Derek Thompson on a screen play proved to be the game-winner with only 1:54 to play.
Broadway went 26 of 41 passing for 265 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while also rushing for 84 yards and a score. Effrem Reed was held to 19 yards on 11 carries, though he did score on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Reed was filling in for leading rusher Alonzo Harris, who was out with the flu.
Harris (374 yards, three TD) is expected to return Tuesday, but leading receivers Javone Lawson (25 receptions, 321 yards, three TD) and Peoples (26, 315, three TD) are questionable. Lawson suffered a wrist injury against the Mean Green, while Peoples left the game with a shoulder injury.
After winning the conference last year with an unbeaten Sun Belt record, the Red Wolves (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt) have taken a small step back this season. However, two of their losses have come on the road against Oregon and Nebraska, and the other was against Sun Belt power Western Kentucky.
Arkansas State comes in on three more days’ rest after last hosting South Alabama on October 13th in a 36-29 victory. It was expected to run away with this contest as a 20.5-point favorite, but that certainly did not happen. It was actually outgained 316-373 for the game.
Ryan Aplin had a very efficient day passing, completing 17 of 22 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. David Oku rushed 22 times for 84 yards and a score. Taylor Stockemer caught four passes for a game-high 65 yards and a touchdown. J.D. McKissic and Josh Jarboe each caught scoring passes from Aplin as well.
The Red Wolves rank 35th in the country in total offense (448.7 yards/game) and 52nd in total defense (376.3 yards/game). Aplin is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 1,572 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Oku has rushed for 563 yards and seven scores.
The Red Wolves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Under is 18-4-2 in Red Wolves last 24 vs. a team with a winning record.
Rajin’ Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in this series. The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in UL-Lafayette.