UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (-4.5, 62.5)
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns may not be nationally ranked, but their high-powered offense is. The Ragin' Cajuns look to build on their three-game winning streak Tuesday night as they visit the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a pivotal Sun Belt Conference showdown. Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off a 48-24 drubbing of Texas State 10 days ago, while Western Kentucky is also on a high following a 31-10 victory over host Louisiana-Monroe back on Oct. 3.
Fans should expect plenty of fireworks in this one, with the teams averaging a combined 70 points per game. The Ragin' Cajuns are led by junior quarterback Terrance Broadway, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns over the opening five games while completing nearly two-thirds of his passes. The Hilltoppers are led by running back Antonio Andrews, who ranks second in the nation with 882 rushing yards and is tied for third with nine touchdowns on the ground.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
LINE: The Hilltoppers opened as four-point favorites, with the line rising slightly to -4.5. The over/under has held steady at 62.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with a 32 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow diagonally out of the south at 3 mph.
ABOUT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference): Broadway has had a tough act to follow after Blaine Gautier left following the 2012 season - but the hard-throwing QB is rewriting school record books on a weekly basis. He racked up 335 passing yards in the Oct. 5 win over Texas State, his sixth career 300-yard performance. That moved him past Gautier and former NFLer Jake Delhomme for the most 300-yard games in a Ragin' Cajuns uniform. Standout wide receiver Jamal Robinson has caught six of Broadway's 10 TD passes this season.
ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY (4-2, 1-1): The Hilltoppers know all about Broadway's credentials - he lit them up for 258 passing yards and another 145 on the ground in last year's 31-27 Louisiana-Lafayette victory. "They have a quarterback who can throw it down the field and then when you cover everybody, he'll take off and run," head coach Bobby Petrino told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "That's probably the biggest challenge. he makes plays with his legs." Andrews isn't bad himself; the senior star has 550 rushing yards and eight touchdowns over his past three games.
* Under is 5-0 in Western Kentucky's last five games following a SU win of 20 or more points.
* Over is 4-1-1 in Louisiana-Lafayette's last six conference games.
* Hilltoppers are 8-1 in their last nine October games.
* Ragin' Cajuns are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against teams with winning records.
1. Andrews had 342 yards and three touchdowns in two games against the Ragin' Cajuns in 2012.
2. The teams have split their last four meetings, with each club winning once at home and once on the road.
3. Louisiana-Lafayette has outscored opponents 153-61 during its winning streak.