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How and what to watch for No. 23 Louisiana vs. UL Monroe

Louisiana already clinched a spot in the conference title game and is a massive favorite over winless Louisiana-Monroe.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis runs with the ball against the Georgia State Panthers during the first half at Center parc Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns are gearing up for the Sun Belt Conference title game, while the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are still seeking win No. 1 in the 2020 season.

Louisiana cracked the top 25 in the AP and Coaches polls, but the Ragin’ Cajuns were left out of the first College Football Playoff rankings reveal earlier this week. Louisiana is 7-1 overall including 5-1 in the conference. It already clinched the Sun Belt West division and will be competing in the conference title game. The Ragin’ Cajuns rank very well on both sides at No. 21 in the country in yards per play in addition to 22nd in yards per play allowed.

It’s definitely been a while since Louisiana-Monroe left a football game with a victory. In fact, we just surpassed the one-year anniversary of its last win. I’d love to know how you celebrated. It’s been a struggle on both sides of the ball for the Warhawks, which rank 104th offensively in yards per play and 107th in the same category on defense among the 127 competing FBS teams in 2020. Louisiana-Monroe is 0-8 this season and will very likely be 0-9 after this game.

Louisiana won the previous matchup in this series 31-30 in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 23 Louisiana vs. UL Monroe on Saturday, November 28th at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Louisiana (-28.5) vs. UL Monroe
Point Total: 54.5
Money line: Louisiana (-10000) vs. UL Monroe (+1600)

  • Louisiana is 8-1 straight up in its last nine games but just 3-8 against the spread in its last 11.
  • Louisiana-Monroe lost nine straight games and is 6-12 against the spread in its last 18.
  • The point total has gone under in seven of Louisiana-Monroe’s last nine games, and Louisiana unders cashed in five of its last six.

Betting splits

Louisiana: (37% of handle, 48% percent of bets)
UL Monroe: (63% of handle, 52% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Louisiana will win this game without much of a challenge, but wow 28.5 points is a lot. In games with high point spreads, I like to take the over because it likely means one side cannot stop the other. That’s going to be the case on Saturday. Louisiana-Monroe allowed 31 points or more in all eight of its games this season, and many came against offenses much worse than what Louisiana will bring. A little help from the Warhawks would definitely appreciated, however.

Pick: Over 54.5

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