Despite winning six games last season, Louisiana Monroe did not get invited to an NCAA bowl game last year, so their plan is to win more than six games this season and clinch their ticket to the first ever College Football Playoffs. They are off to a good start, and are currently 2-0, but they will be facing the toughest test of their college football betting season when they play the LSU Tigers, who are also trying to get back to their championship winning ways.
University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at #10 LSU Tigers
Date:Saturday, September 13, 7:30 PM. ET.
Venue: Malone Stadium, Monroe, Louisiana
Stream Option: WatchESPN
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the LSU Tigers
LSU kicked off the season against then #14 Wisconsin, in what was one of the most exciting games of the year so far. The Tigers were down 10 at the half, and 11 at the start of the fourth quarter, but they came back and won the game 28-24, increasing their non conference winning streak to 46 games. In that match, the Tigers running game was shut down in the first half, and they were out gained 182-16 by Wisconsin, but they turned things around in the second half, and finished with 126 yards on the ground.
LSU has relied heavily on their running game in their first two games, running the ball 105 times out of 144 plays that they have called. The reason they are running the ball more this year is because they have a lot of depth at the running back position, with seniors Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee leading the way. It also helps to take some of the pressure off their young quarterbacks, who are still adjusting to the pace of the game.
Why Bet on the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks
The Warhawks opened the season with a confidence building 17-10 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who play in the ACC. Their defense was very impressive, holding the Demon Deacons to 94 yards on offense, which was an impressive feat against a Power 5 conference team. They followed their victory against Wake Forest with a 38-31 victory over Idaho, with Pete Thomas throwing for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Donald ran for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 carries.
The Warhawks have a very experienced team, led by Senior quarterback Pete Thomas and Senior running back Centarius Donald, and they feel this is the most talented team they have had in a very long time.
My Expert Betting Predictions & Tips
The LSU Tigers are favored to win this game by 31 points, they are 2-0 this season ATS, while Louisiana Monroe is 1-1 ATS. The teams have played only played each other twice in the past, and LSU won both times by a combined score of 100-7. LSU is a very balanced team offensively and defensively, they allow 12 points per game, which is 17th in the country, and score 42 points per game, which is 29th. They are the 62nd best passing team in the country with 245 yards per game, and 32nd best in rushing, at 230 yards per game.
Louisiana Monroe allows 20.5 points per game, which is 55th in the country, and score 27.5 points per game, which is 80th. Louisiana Monroe is very much improved from last year, but they don’t have much of a chance against the Tigers who are playing at home. So based on the current betting line on college football, chances are that LSU improves its record to 3-0 right after this game.