Ragin' Cajuns Take Tuesday Trip To North Texas

By: Willie Bee | Monday, October 15, 2012

LA-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns at North Texas Mean Green College Football Betting Preview
10/16/2012, 9:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN2
Opening Lines: Lafayette -4½, O/U NA
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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns: Head coach Mark Hudspeth brings the Ragin' Cajuns (4-1 straight up, 3-2 against the spread) into Tuesday's match a perfect 2-0 in Sun Belt action, including a 48-20 victory over preseason conference favorite Florida International in late-September.  Louisiana-Lafayette followed that up with a 41-13 win vs. Tulane 10 days ago, failing to cover the 30½-point spread. A big part of the Cajuns' success so far has come in the turnover department where they are +8 on the season, good enough for 10th-best in the country.  Lafayette is also 24th in the nation averaging 38 points per game, and have one of the top kickers in senior Brett Baer who has made good on 12-of-15 field goals (5-of-7 from 40+ yards).  The Ragin' Cajuns have won the last five meetings with North Texas, and covered three of the last four.  Louisiana-Lafayette is 16-7 ATS since mid-2010.

North Texas Mean Green: Head coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green (2-4 SU & ATS) have split their first two Sun Belt games in the final season before moving to Conference USA in 2013.  North Texas' only two pointspread covers came in losses to at LSU (41-14, Week 1) and Kansas State (35-21, Week 3), and the Mean Green has since dropped three straight at the college football betting window.  They were able to amass nearly 500 yards of offense in Week 6 against Houston, but the defense couldn't stop the Cougars who tallied 300+ both on the ground and in the air.  Expect LA-Lafayette to try and establish its ground game early against a North Texas defense that is 81st in the country against the run.  The Mean Green have seen three of their five games with totals go 'over' the number, and six of the last eight in this series have also cashed for high-side bettors.

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