Free Week 1 Prediction: Lions vs Ragin Cajuns Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) SE Louisiana Lions vs. UL Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana
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After a 6-6 regular season followed by a bowl loss, UL-Lafayette will hope to get off to a better start than last season’s 2-4 start.
They will open with what should be an easy home game against an in-state FCS opponent in SE Louisiana. The Lions did go 7-4 last season but were beaten badly by Oklahoma State in their one FBS matchup.
SE Louisiana Lions
The Lions 7-4 season featured a nice 7-2 conference record including winning 6 of their last 7 to finish the season.
The Lions’ roster this season features 26 seniors including their leading rusher and receiver in Julius Maracalin and Juwan Dickey, respectively.
They also return 4 of their top 5 tacklers on defense who generated 13 tackles for loss between the four of them.
Experience should help them this season but uncertainty at quarterback could hurt them in tough road games – particularly in this one where they start off on the road against a FBS opponent.
UL Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
The Ragin’ Cajuns are fortunate enough to open with a FCS opponent as they have a lot of questions to be answered.
First off, they lost quarterback Anthony Jennings and running back Elijah McGuire – who were their two major offensive contributors last season.
Also, during the offseason 13 players were suspended as part of a theft investigation. The situation is ongoing but the Ragin’ Cajuns are expected to be without those players to start the season.
Nevertheless, it has become a distraction inside the program.
Replacing McGuire and Jennings could be their bigger concern though. Jennings threw for 2169 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 341 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.
McGuire rushed for 1127 yards and 7 touchdowns and was drafted by the Jets.
While a FCS opponent should make this game a good game to build on for UL-Lafayette, replacing the production of Jennings and McGuire will be difficult over the course of the whole season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- SE Louisiana is 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.
- UL Lafayette is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Under is 6-2 in UL Lafayette’s last 8 games.
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The experience of the Lions could make this one interesting as their playmakers and key defensive players are all back.
The absence of McGuire could be tough on the Ragin’ Cajuns but their offensive line will look to pave the way for a new dominant rusher.
This one could be close though as UL-Lafayette looks to re-establish their identity.
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Offseason distractions are never good for any program but one that is in a rebuilding stage definitely can’t afford it. UL-Lafayette could struggle out of the gate and the Lions could make this one interesting.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: UL Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 24 – SE Louisiana Lions 17
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