Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Cajun Field, Lafayette, Louisiana, 7:30 p.m. ET
Chanticleers at Ragin’ Cajuns Betting Preview: Chanticleers (+7.5), Ragin’ Cajuns (-7.5)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
The Chanticleers (3-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) lost 48-7 to the Ragin’ Cajuns last year, but are looking to making up for that performance in this midweek clash that was delayed four days because of the threat of Hurricane Delta.
“That game last year was a huge embarrassment,” linebacker Teddy Gallagher said. “We didn’t step to the plate and we folded a little bit. We’re going into this game expecting to compete with these guys.”
The Chanticleers are looking to start off conference play 2-0 for the first time in the young program’s history.
“That would put us in an unbelievable position,” Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said.
The Chanticleers started the season with a 38-23 win at Kansas and followed that with a 43-21 romp past Campbell before opening league play with a shocking 52-23 trouncing of Arkansas State.
Grayson McCall has completed 66.7 percent of his 63 pass attempts for 728 yards with Jalyon Heiligh leading receivers with 23 catches for 219 yards. C.J. Marable has rushed for 190 yards and three scores.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
No. 23 Louisiana finds (3-0, 2-0 SBC) itself in the odd position of being ranked one spot below it beat in the opener (Iowa State) in the latest poll.
“It doesn’t bother me,” defensive end Andre Jones said. “We can’t do anything about where they put people. We just go out and play football.”
The Cajuns haven’t exactly rolled over people after rallying to beat Georgia State 34-31 and needing Nate Snyder’s 53-yard field goal as time expired to get past Georgia Southern 20-18 back on Sept. 26. It was just the third successful field goal for Snyder in seven attempts this season.
Levi Lewis has not really gotten off to the kind of start expected of him with only 52 completions in 90 pass attempts for 723 yards and three interceptions against four touchdowns. Running back Elijah Mitchell also has been dealing with coronavirus that kept him out of the Georgia Southern Game.
He is still the team’s leading rusher with 210yards in two appearances. Mitchell is expected back this week.
Chanticleer at Ragin’ Cajuns Betting Pick for October, 2020
The Cajuns dominated on both sides of the ball in last year’s meeting, rushing for 225 yards and Lewis passing for 296 yards. The Chanticleers didn’t score until less than four minutes remained in the game. This game will serve as somewhat of a measure to see how far the Chanticleers have progressed. “We’re looking forward to seeing how we stack up against them,” Chadwell said.
Chanticleers at Ragin’ Cajuns Betting Pick:
Ragin’ Cajuns 27, Chanticleers 20
Chanticleers at Ragin’ Cajuns Best Bet for October 17, 2020
The Cajuns have been pretty solid on defense all year in holding two of their three opponents to under 20 points, but their offense has yet to put together a solid, consistent game. Mitchell saved them at Georgia State with his late heroics. Coastal Carolina may be the biggest threat yet.
Chanticleers at Ragin’ Cajuns Best Bet: UNDER 55.5
–Field Level Media