Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Louisiana - Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Picks Spread and Trends to watch - 10/12/2021

by James Q

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Louisiana - Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Picks Spread and Trends to watch - 10/12/2021

Game Time: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
Venue: Cajun Field, Lafayette, Louisiana 
Where to Watch: ESPN 2

Opening NCAAF Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Spread: App State -3:  O/U: 54.5
Circa:  Spread: App State -3.5:  O/U: 55
Caesars:  Spread: App State -3.5:  O/U: 55

Season Record

App State :  4-1(Sun Belt)
Louisiana ragin’ cajuns:  4-1(Sun Belt)

A Tuesday matchup of Sun Belt Conference power-house opponents.  The point total is set for 55 as two strong offenses go against: “Sun Belt Defenses”.

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Mountaineers vs Ragin’ Cajuns Preview and Analysis. 

App State opened the season with a win over East Carolina 33-19.  Game two brought a battle with big bad Miami FL… it was wildly close but App State lost 25-23, a score that covered the spread to many bettors' delight.  Game 3 was an easy win over Elon 44-10.  Game 4 was a super tight win against Marshall 31-30.  Game 5 was another easy win over Georgia State 45-16.  At 4-1 on the season we know that Appalachian State is reliable.  They beat underdogs soundly and play tough against even competition.  They are a field goal short of being 5-0.

The UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns opened their season with a loss against the big program, conference-jumping Texas Longhorns 38-18. Game 2 was a 27-24 victory over Nicholls State that began a run of wins yet to be broken.  Game 3 was a win over the Ohio Bobcats 49-14.  Game 4 was a win over Georgia Southern 28-20.  Game 5 a win over South Alabama 20-18.  The Cajuns are 4-1.  Louisiana’s games have had one blow-out win (OHIO) and otherwise all the wins have been close games.

Offensive Analysis 

Appalachian State is ranked 17th in the FBS on offense.  They have scored 21 touchdowns on 481.4 yards per game.  

La Lafayette is ranked 70th on offense in the FBS. They have scored 18 touchdowns on 395 yards per game.

Defensive Analysis

App State is ranked 60th on defense in the FBS giving up 9 touchdowns on the season and 365 yards per game.  They played big in their 1 loss.  No matter how out of it Miami is, they are still a major program and the Mountaineers held them to 25 points while scoring 23 of their own.  These guys are strong.  You don’t want any part of D’Marco Jackson.

Louisiana Lafayette is ranked 87th on defense in the FBS giving up 16 touchdowns on 411 yards per game.  They are doing fine compared to the competition they have played.  Appalachian State will be able to pass over this coverage all day though.


Mountaineers vs Ragin’ Cajuns Prediction 

Our prediction for Tuesday, October 12th is… App State 35 - LA Lafayette 13

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NCAAF Betting Trends

App State is 4-1 ATS after a bye week the last 3 seasons.
App State is 6-1 ATS in a road game where the total is 52.5 - 56 pts since 1993.
LA Lafayette is 4-2 ATS as an underdog the last 3 seasons.
LA Lafayette is 1-4 ATS this year.

Starting Lineups
App State:
QB Chase Brice, RB Camerun Peoples, TE Henry Pearson, WR Thomas Henigan, WR Corey Sutton, WR Malik Williams, LT Anderson Hardy, LG Damion Daley, OC Hunter Baer, RG Isaiah Helms, RT Cooper Hodges

LA Lafayette:
QB Levi Lewis, RB Chris Smith, TE Johnny Lumpkin, TE Neal Johnson, WR Peter LeBlanc, WR Kyren Lacy, LT Carlos Rubio, LG Ken Marks, OC Shane Vallot, RG O’Cyrus Torrence, RT Max Mitchell

Statistical Leaders 

App State
Passing: Chase Brice 1,360 yards
Rushing: Nate Noel 511 yards
Receiving: Corey Sutton 473 yards
Tackles:  D’Marco Jackson 54
Interceptions:  T.D. Roof 1

La Lafayette
Passing: Levi Lewis 1,096 yards
Rushing: Emani Bailey 249 yards
Receiving: Dontae Fleming 166 yards
Tackles: Lorenzo McCaskill 35
Interceptions:  Kris Moncrief 1


App State:  Shawn Clark
LA Lafayette: Billy Napier

Weather Forecast 

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James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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