UL Lafayette at Arkansas State: What bettors need to know

Oct 21, 2013 |
UL Lafayette at Arkansas State: What bettors need to know
Ragin' Cajuns RB Alonzo Harris rushed for 115 yards and a pair of TDs last time out.
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Ragin' Cajuns RB Alonzo Harris rushed for 115 yards and a pair of TDs last time out.
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UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns at Arkansas State Red Wolves (+2.5)

When it comes to offensive production, the Arkansas State Red Wolves have been as inconsistent as it gets. The Red Wolves will need to be at their explosive best Tuesday night as they welcome one of the nation's most formidable offenses in the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. Arkansas State is coming off an impressive 48-24 drubbing of the Idaho Vandals 10 days ago but will be in tough against the Cajuns, who have reeled off four consecutive victories.

When they put points on the board, the Red Wolves have a great deal of success - and when they don't, a loss is nearly automatic. Arkansas State is averaging better than 50 points per game in its three victories - including a 62-11 laugher in its season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff - and fewer than 12 points in its three losses. UL Lafayette has steamrolled its way to the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings, averaging 47.5 points during its winning streak.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2.

LINE: Arkansas State has held steady as a 2.5-point home underdog.

Temperatures at Liberty Bank Stadium will be in the low-50s with clear skies and wind blowing diagonally out of the southwest at 8 mph.

ABOUT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference):
After relying on the arm of standout quarterback Terrance Broadway in consecutive wins over Akron and Texas State, the Ragin' Cajuns used a stout ground attack to subdue the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 37-20 in their previous game. Alonzo Harris led the way with 115 rushing yards and a pair of scores as UL Lafayette finished with three touchdowns on the ground, amassing 198 of its 254 rushing yards in the opening half. Broadway ranks third in the conference in quarterback efficiency, while Harris is third in rushing yards per game.

Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy had the game of his career last time out, erupting for a career-high 375 passing yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Vandals. The strong performance vaulted the Utah State transfer into third in the Sun Belt in passing yardage while earning him conference offensive player of the week honors. David Oku led the ground attack with 69 yards and a touchdown, the 24th of his four-year collegiate career. The Red Wolves have one of the best third-down conversion rates in the country, making good on 48 percent of their attempts.


* UL Lafayette is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following a SU win.
* Arkansas State is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five games overall.
* Over is 18-8 in Ragin' Cajuns' last 26 October games.
* Under is 22-7-2 in Red Wolves' last 31 games against teams with winning records.


1. The Red Wolves cruised to a 50-27 victory in their previous encounter last season at Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns lead the all-time series 21-19-1.

2. Arkansas State has turned the ball over just six times in its first six games.

3. Red Wolves WR Julian Jones needs just 49 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for his career.

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