Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana

Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana | 2020 NCAA Expert Analysis

Written by on October 12, 2020

Good news for bettors at Mybookie.ag as there is college football action on Wednesday this week. It’s from the Sun Belt Conference as No. 21 Louisiana hosts Coastal Carolina on national TV.

How to Bet Coastal Carolina at Louisiana NCAA Football Odds & TV Info

  • When: Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Cajun Field
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio:com
  • Opening NCAAF Lines: Louisiana -7 (50.5)

Last meeting

Last year, Louisiana bombed Coastal Carolina 48-7. Levi Lewis was 26-of-30 passing for 296 yards, tossing TD passes to Neal Johnson, Jalen Williams and Ja’Marcus Bradley. Lewis’ 6-yard run in the first quarter opened the scoring. ULL scored on all four of its first-half drives, not including an abbreviated possession that ended at the half. Then it scored on its first four in the second half before having final one end at the Coastal Carolina 6 as the clock ran out. The Ragin’ Cajuns outgained the Chanticleers 564-236.

Why Bet on Coastal Carolina?

The Chanticleers (3-0) last played on Oct. 3 and beat Arkansas State 52-23. Coastal Carolina held the ball on offense for over 41 minutes of the contest and totaled 539 yards of total offense. Coastal dominated the time of possession, as the Chants’ offense had the ball for 41:21 compared to Arkansas State at 18:39.

The Chants overcame three turnovers — an interception and two fumbles — by holding the ball for over 13 minutes in the second quarter and almost a full 11 minutes in the third quarter. The 52 points were the most points scored by the Chants in a Sun Belt Conference game in the program’s history.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Grayson McCall connected on 20-of-29 pass attempts for 322 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The 20 completions, four touchdown passes, and 322 passing yards were all career highs.

Coastal is 3-0 for the first time in the program’s brief FBS history and only the third time in program history overall (2014 and 2015). The three-game winning streak matches the program’s longest streak in a single season in their young FBS history (2018 and 2019).

The CCU offensive line has allowed just 1.0 sack all season long, which is tied for third nationally. The Chanticleers are a perfect 14-of-14 in red zone scoring this season. The 100 percent scoring in the red zone is tied for first nationally with 11 other teams. The Chants have scored 13 touchdowns and one field goal.

A win here would be the Chanticleers’ first-ever over an FBS nationally-ranked top 25 program and give CCU a 4-0 start to a season for the first time since 2015 and just the fourth time in program history (2013, 2014, and 2015).

CCU is 1-0 all-time at Cajun Field having defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns 30-28 (Sept. 22, 2018) in the two teams Sun Belt opener in 2018.

Why Bet on Louisiana?

This game, which was previously scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, was moved up one week in order to minimize downtime for both football programs. Louisiana’s historic win over No. 23 Iowa State on Sept. 12 was the team’s first-ever road win over a top-25 opponent and the team’s second-ever win against a top-25 team, the first a 29-22 victory in Lafayette over No. 25 Texas A&M on Sept. 14, 1996. It was also the team’s first win over a Big 12 foe since defeating Kansas State, 17-15, on Sept. 12, 2009.

Louisiana has been one of the top Sun Belt programs since the 2001 season, totaling 81 league victories. Louisiana joins Arkansas State and Troy as the only program’s with 80 or more wins in the history of the Sun Belt. Under head coach Billy Napier, Louisiana holds a 14-6 record against Sun Belt opposition, including a perfect 8-0 record against Sun Belt West Division foes.

The Ragin Cajuns haven’t played since a Sept. 26 20-18 victory over Georgia Southern to start 3-0 for the first time since 1988.  Junior Nate Snyder made a 53-yard field goal as time expired. It was only the seventh made field goal of 53 yards or more in program history and is the longest kick by a Ragin’ Cajun since Stevie Artigue drilled a 53-yarder during the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at Appalachian State on Dec. 7, 2019.

Linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill had a career-high 14 tackles, his third-straight double-digit tackle performance. The 14 tackles are the most by a Ragin’ Cajun since Tracy Walker was credited with 15 at Appalachian State on Dec. 2, 2017. His performance marked his third-straight double-digit tackle performance, making him the only player in the Sun Belt to post 10-or-more tackles in all of his games this season.

Levi Lewis threw for 290 yards, moving him ahead of Roy Henry for seventh all-time in career passing yards with 4,735. Lewis also added his fourth touchdown of the season and tacked on 15 yards on the ground. Lewis has thrown for 723 yards through three games this year.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are the only Sun Belt Conference program ranked in both polls and are the third-highest ranked Group of 5 team in both polls behind Cincinnati and SMU.Game Trends
  • Chanticleers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
  • Chanticleers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
  • Chanticleers are 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Ragin’ Cajuns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
  • Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
  • Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
Expert PredictionLouisiana 41, Coastal Carolina 25
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