Red Wolves At Louisana-Lafayette For Tuesday Tilt

By: Willie Bee | Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Sun Belt game unfolds on Tuesday when the Cajuns host Arkansas State.

Arkansas St. Red Wolves at UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns College Football Betting Preview
10/23/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN2
Opening Lines: UL-Lafayette -4½, O/U NA
(click here for latest odds)

Arkansas State Red Wolves: Gus Malzahn's Red Wolves (4-3 straight up, 3-4 against the spread) are looking for their third consecutive conference victory following victories at Florida International and home against South Alabama a little more than a week ago.  Arkansas State struggled in the win over the Jaguars, hanging on for a 36-29 triumph in a contest the Wolves were favored by nearly three touchdowns.  Senior Ryan Aplin directs the ASU attack which is 35th in total offense (448.7 ypg) and 21st in rushing (217.9 ypg).  South Alabama held the Red Wolves to a season-low 113 yards on the ground last week, and they'll look to reestablish the running game while exploiting a Lafayette defense that is near the bottom of the barrel in real estate surrendered through the air (292.5 ypg).  Arkansas State won last year's meeting at home but failed to cover, the sixth time in seven meetings ASU backers dropped the cash.  The Red Wolves have also come home defeated each of their last five trips to Lafayette.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns: UL-Lafayette (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) was upset a week ago in the Tuesday night spotlight at North Texas, dropping a 30-23 decision as 4½-point chalk.  The Ragin' Cajuns watched a 14-point lead early in the second half disappear, and it was once again their inability to stop the deep aerial attack that cost them.  The offense will have to grind-it-out on the ground to be successful, and rely on young sophomore QB Terrance Broadway to be efficient and mistake-free through the air. Broadway passed for a career-high 265 yards in the loss at North Texas a week ago, and also scampered for a 75-yard touchdown.  Broadway is playing for injured senior Blaine Gautier who is out indefinitely after having surgery on his broken left hand. This has been a pretty even series overall with LA-LAF holding a 21-18-1 lead over the defending Sun Belt champs from Arkansas State.  The 'under' has been the winner three of the last four and four of the last five at Cajun Field where the home crowd will be in a 'white out' Tuesday evening.

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