Appalachian State (3-2, 1-0) at UL Lafayette (2-3, 1-1)
When: Wednesday, October 12th 2016
Where: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: ESPN2
The Sun Belt Conference kicks off a new week of College Football when the UL Lafayette Rajun’ Cajuns host the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Wednesday night. Lafayette has split their first two conference games and are coming off a double-overtime loss October 1st at New Mexico State. The Cajuns have played six overtimes in the last two games, but will have 11 days rest for this one. Elijah McGuire needs 49 all-purpose yards to pass Tyrell Fenroy (5,231) as the Ragin’ Cajuns all-time leader. Louisiana’s 16 sacks on defense through five games is just six less than the total (22) set during the entire 2015 season. Against New Mexico State, Darius Hoggins’ 81 yards on the ground marked a career-high (previous mark was 58 vs. Northwestern State last September. Al Riles’ had over 100 yards receving (110) for the second time in the past three games. Jordan Wright scored the first touchdown of his career last game with a 7-yard TD run.
The Mountaineers played their first Sun Belt game last time out (Oct. 1st) after four non-conference contests. They split those four games with both losses coming against ranked opponents (Tennessee, Miami FL). App state scored all 17 of their points in the second half in their 17-3 win over Georgia State last Saturday. The Mountaineers are now 14-1 in its last 15 Sun Belt games. They are third in the Sun Belt and 38th nationally in scoring defense (22.6 ppg) and allowed a season-low 241 yards of total offense to Georgia State. Appalachian State also had a season-high four interceptions, including one on the game’s first and last possession. RB Jalin Moore had 28 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown in the win and has 406 yards and three TDs on 66 carries in the last two games. LB Eric Boggs leads the team with 48 tackles through five games (9.6 per game). App controlled the second half, holding the ball for 20:09 and out gaining GSU 241-108.
The Mountaineers defense should be able to the Lafayette offense in check even though they’re on the road. The Cajuns’ defense is giving up way too many yards and points and App State will score a ton tonight. I’ll lay the points.
Pick: Appalachian State -10