Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana Monroe Odds, Free Pick & TV Info

Posted by Kenny Bell on Tuesday,November 29, 2016 9:48, EDT in

It’s a much more important game for Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday against state and Sun Belt Conference rival Louisiana Monroe. That’s because ULL can get bowl eligible with the victory in the regular season finale, while ULM can’t. And ULL is favored by a touchdown on college football odds.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana Monroe Odds, Free Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 PM ET
Where: Malone Stadium, Monroe
TV: ESPN3
Stream: WatchESPN
RadioLouisiana-Lafayette / Louisiana Monroe
Opening NCAA Football Lines: ULL -7 (59.5)

Why Bet on Louisiana Lafayette?

The Ragin’ Cajuns (5-6) upset Arkansas State 24-19 last week. Down to their final play on fourth-and-goal from the Cajuns 11-yard line with nine seconds remaining, ASU quarterback Justice Hansen scrambled toward the sideline and appeared to toss the ball backwards at the 7-yard line where right tackle Joseph Bacchus scooped it up and crossed the goal line for an apparent winning score. However, the replay review revealed that Hansen’s knee was down before the toss, voiding the score and securing the triumph for Louisiana.

Arkansas State saw its 15-game SBC winning streak halted and missed an opportunity to clinch the conference championship. Anthony Jennings threw for 242 yards and Ja’Marcus Bradley hauled in 113 yards receiving (first career 100-yard game) to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns offense.

The win was Louisiana’s first in a home finale since a 52-30 win over South Alabama on Nov. 24, 2012. The win was Louisiana’s first at home in the month of November since a 19-9 win over South Alabama (11/1/14) — erasing a four-game losing streak.

Taboris Lee’s 17-yard TD on an interception return was the first defensive TD of the season for the Ragin’ Cajuns and the 15th in the Mark Hudspeth era. Lee’s TD was the first defensive score at home since Justin Anderson returned an interception 58 yards in the 2013 opener against Nicholls State (9/14/13). Jennings’ 242 yards passing was the second-highest total of his career.

Why Bet on Louisiana Monroe?

The Warhawks (4-7) lost to Appalachian State 42-17 last week. The Mountaineers (8-3, 6-1 Sun Belt Conference), were ahead 21-10 at the break and pushed that to 34-10 at the end of the third. Appalachian State totaled 637 offensive yards, including 429 on the ground. ULM finished with 361 total offensive yards, including 225 yards on the ground. The Warhawks ran more plays than Appalachian State (76-69) but the hosts averaged 9.2 yards per play compared to ULM’s 4.8 yards per play.

Caleb Evans finished the night 13-for- 32 passing for 136 yards and an interception, adding 55 yards and the touchdown on the ground. Austin Vaughn led the rushing attack with 110 yards on 15 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. Thomas Koufie added 34 yards on the ground and Duke Carter tallied 15 yards.

ULM is a terrible defensive team, allowing 39.9 points per game, 124th nationally. It averages only 25.2 points, which is 96th. Last year, ULM lost 30-24 at ULL. Brooks Haack threw for a TD and ran for another and Louisiana Lafayette cashed in on a blocked punt and penalty to rally to beat Louisiana Monroe in the 51st Battle on the Bayou rivalry game. Held to 90 total yards of offense in the first half and trailing 24-9 at halftime, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored 21 unanswered points in the second half and won it on a 64-yard TD pass from Haack to Jamal Robinson in the fourth quarter.

ULL leads the all-time series 27-24. ULM last won in 2013 on the road, 31-28.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana Monroe Free Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-0- 1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in UL Monroe.

Take ULL on NCAA Football odds and the over.