Weekday football doesn’t end on Tuesday in the NFL. The action continues in the Sun Belt on Wednesday night at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers head to Louisiana for a matchup with the nationally ranked Ragin’ Cajuns. Nationally ranked?
Oh yeah, thanks to schools that haven’t even played football yet this season in the Big Ten and Pac-12, Louisiana are 21st in the nation going into Week 7 of the FBS season. It’s also due to an upset win over the Iowa State Cyclones to open the season. Louisiana upset Iowa State with an impressive 31-14 showing on the road.
For the first time in modern college football history, the Ragin’ Cajuns were in the Top 25 nationally with the win over Iowa State. Once Big Ten and Pac-12 schools are added to the national rankings, Louisiana will be removed from the Top 25, but it’s still something to be proud of for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
This team will go down in the history books as being a Top 25 squad, at least for a few weeks. With a record of 3-0, the Ragin’ Cajuns are likely going to be going bowling. If they keep this up, it might be a pretty decent bowl as well. Louisiana were 27-17 winners over Miami-Ohio in the LendingTree Bowl last season. The Ragin’ Cajuns might be able to upgrade and go to a better bowl in the 2020 campaign.
They’re coming off an unexpected bye week after their matchup was postponed against Appalachian State. In their most recent outing, Louisiana were able to edge out Georgia Southern by a score of 20-18 at home. They’ve been known for having a pretty stingy defense, and if you saw any of the Iowa State game, you would have seen how good they can be.
The Cyclones held an experienced Brock Purdy to 145 yards passing with no touchdowns and an interception. The same could be said against Georgia Southern on September 26. Georgia Southern quarterback, passed for 255 yards with a touchdown and interception. There hasn’t been a quarterback that has been able to get into a rhythm against Louisiana in a long time, including last year’s bowl against Miami-Ohio.
Coastal Carolina are a 3-0 team as well, with quarterback Grayson McCall putting up some impressive numbers against Kansas, Campbell, and Arkansas State. The redshirt freshman will face the stiffest test defensively of his young career on Wednesday night. Whoever wins that battle will win the game. Head below for our free Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana pick for October 14, 2020.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Betting Odds:
Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana Prediction:
This game on Wednesday night is going to come down to the arm of Grayson McCall versus the Louisiana defense. If McCall gets into a groove and the Ragin’ Cajuns have an off night, then that’s going to be the opening Coastal Carolina needs to pull off a mini upset tonight. McCall has passed for 9 touchdowns and an interception on 66.7% completions.
He’s also rushed for 139 yards and a score on the ground. The only problem is that McCall hasn’t faced much of a defense in his career thus far. I know Louisiana doesn’t exactly have the brand name accolades, but ask Iowa State about this unit.
Louisiana are conceding just 198.7 yards per game in 2020. Last season they gave up just 193.8 yards per game to put them alongside the Florida Gators for pass defense in 2019. Overall, the Ragin’ Cajuns were 19th in the FBS against the pass. It’s been more of the same for them this season. Brock Purdy isn’t a terrible quarterback, but Louisiana was able to make him look terrible in Week 1.
You have to give credit to what McCall has achieved in his young career so far. However, how he responds to Louisiana on the road likely isn’t going to be too favorable. I can’t see him being horrible, though Louisiana should be able to hold them down on just enough drives to frustrate him. The Coastal Carolina defense is unlikely to match Louisiana in terms of intensity in this one.
Louisiana will attack Coastal Carolina with senior Levi Lewis. He’s not going to wow you, but was really effective in his first season as a full time starter in 2019. Lewis passed for 26 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 64.3% completions last season. He’s gotten off to an okay start with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, but should be more than fine against the Coastal Carolina defense.
The oddsmakers know something that the public doesn’t in this game. The spread on this matchup opened at 7 at most shops. The public jumped on Coastal Carolina, but the line isn’t budging in that direction. In fact, it’s going the opposite way with Louisiana becoming a bigger favorite. McCall has been great for Coastal Carolina, but I’m not confident in him against a tough Louisiana defense, though. Look for that to be the difference on Wednesday night.