Two of the more unlikely ranked opponents meet up on Saturday when the #19 UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns meet the #12 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
Coastal Carolina can go to 12-0 with a win in the Sun Belt Championship Game, which is being held at Brooks Stadium in South Carolina – home of the Chanticleers.
Louisiana – Lafayette vs Coastal Carolina Schedule
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Louisiana – Lafayette vs Coastal Carolina Vegas Odds
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UL-Lafayette Likes Their Chances
It’s always tough heading into a matchup with an undefeated team, but the Ragin’ Cajuns after battling to a 30-27 loss to Coastal Carolina earlier in the season. Back then oddsmakers didn’t know how special of a season either team was going to have, and UL-Lafayette was actually a whopping -9 point home favorite in that earlier matchup.
UL-Lafayette has also had success in their only previous trip to Brooks Stadium, a 48-7 win in 2019 but as -14 point favorites. Coastal Carolina has taken two of three in the all-time series, including a 30-28 win in 2018. The Ragin’ Cajuns have also had an extra week to prepare for this game, as they haven’t played since escaping with 24-21 win at 8-3 Appalachian State.
It will be interesting to see how the ULL offense fares on Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns put up a combined 108 points in two wins prior to their game against Appalachian State last week, but Coastal Carolina also limited BYU’s top 10 offense to just 17 points in a win two weeks ago.
Time to Put a Bow on This One for Chanticleers
Win or lose, it’s been a program-revolutionizing season for Coastal Carolina and head coach Jamey Chadwell and a huge turnaround for a team that was just 5-7 last season. Louisiana-Lafayette earned their signature win right out of the gates with a 31-14 victory over Iowa State in the season opener, but the Chanticleers did the same two weeks ago in the 22-17 win over BYU.
The Cougars came into that game 10-0, but left the visit to South Carolina demoralized in a 22-17 Chanticellers win as +10 point home underdogs. BYU’s NFL-bound quarterback Zach Wilson finished with just 240 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.
BYU has a top 10 defense as well, and Coastal Carolina was able to get 132 yards on the ground from CJ Marable, their star RB who has 7 TDs in the last three games. Marable was held to 73 yards in the first meeting with ULL, but did score a TD. One big advantage Coastal Carolina has is that their QB Grayson McCall doesn’t turn the ball over, throwing his first INT in the last 7 games (to go with 3 TDs) last week in the win over Troy.
UL-Lafayette vs Coastal Carolina Pick
Coastal Carolina knows what’s at stake and gets to play the Sun Belt Championship Game in front of their home fans, albeit limited. UL-Lafayette has a great chance to play spoiler though, and has also had an extra week to prepare. This feels like a field goal game.
ULL 27 — Coastal Carolina 24
Other NCAAF Week 16 Picks:
Friday, Dec 18th
- Oregon at USC - 8:00pm (ET)
Saturday, Dec 19th
- Oklahoma at Iowa State - 12:00pm (ET)
- Northwestern at Ohio State - 12:00pm (ET)
- Texas A&M at Tennessee - 12:00pm (ET)
- Air Force at Army - 3:00pm (ET)
- Clemson at Notre Dame - 4:00pm (ET)
- Alabama at Florida - 8:00pm (ET)
- Tulsa at Cincinnati - 8:00pm (ET)
- UL-Monroe at Troy - Cancelled
- Purdue at Indiana - Cancelled
- Georgia Tech at Miami (Fla.)
- Vanderbilt at Georgia - Cancelled
- Arizona at California - Cancelled
- Louisiana at C. Carolina - Cancelled
- Michigan at Iowa - Cancelled
- Michigan St. at Maryland - Cancelled
- Oregon at Colorado - Cancelled