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How and what to watch for South Alabama vs. No. 25 Louisiana

The Ragin’ Cajuns ground game should be on full display Saturday.

Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis carries the ball during the game between the Georgia State Panthers and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns on September 19, 2020, at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns look to improve on its 6-1 record as they welcome the South Alabama Jaguars to Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.

Louisiana has had a very good season so far, its only loss coming to now-#15 Coastal Carolina by just three points. The Ragin’ Cajuns are built on its run game and its defense. The ground attack averages close to 200 yards per game, and is led by running backs Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas who have 948 yards and 11 touchdowns between them.

The team’s rush defense is a bit suspect, giving up close to 200 yards per game, but the pass defense more than makes up for it. Through the air opposing QBs are completing just 52% of their passes, and only one QB has had a 250+ yard day against them. They get a lot of turnovers too, with at least two in six of their seven outings.

South Alabama will have a tough time defending as they give up over 150 yards per game on the ground. The Jags offense scores just 22 points per game, and to have a chance in this one it’ll have to have a big day on the ground because of how good Louisiana’s pass defense is. Look for Carlos Davis to get a heavy dose of carries on Saturday.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch South Alabama vs. Louisiana on Saturday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, a separate subscription service that doesn’t use a with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: South Alabama vs. Louisiana (-15.5)
Point Total: 53.5
Money line: South Alabama +475 vs. Louisiana -670

  • USA is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone under in six of USA’s last seven games
  • Louisiana is 1-5 ATS in its last six
  • The total has gone under in four of Louisiana’s last five.

Betting splits

South Alabama: (22% of handle, 40% percent of bets)
Louisiana: (78% of handle, 60% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The best bet here would be the under. Louisiana’s ground game is good, but they don’t score a lot of points. The Ragin’ Cajuns should win, but it won’t be a offensive showcase.

Pick: Under 53.5

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