Start Time: 4:00 PM CT, Saturday, December 5th
Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette, Louisiana
Records: Troy Trojans: 3-8. Louisiana-Lafayette: 4-7.
Line: Louisiana-Lafayette -2. Over/Under: 59
Let's be honest guys, the season is already over. Sitting at 3-8 and coming off of an ugly loss on the road against Georgia State, the Trojans are essentially playing for nothing this Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette.
This team is so inconsistent that I just can't bring myself to trying to convince you that Brandon Silvers and the offense are going to click or that the defense is going to limit ULL's production. Nobody knows which Troy team is going to show up this Saturday.
With that being said, there are a few storylines for Troy fans to follow this weekend, so rather than trying to predict what this team will do Saturday, here are a few things to keep your eye on this Saturday.
- The Trojans are on a bit of a cold streak against the Ragin' Cajuns, as Troy has lost the last four meetings betweens the two teams. They will try to avoid extending that streak to five on Saturday.
- This will be the last time we are afforded the joy of watching wide receiver Teddy Ruben, who has seven touchdown receptions on the season. Ruben's speed and playmaking have been one of the few highlights for Troy fans this season, so enjoy watching him play one last time.
- Senior running back Brandon Burks needs just 113 yards to become the eighth player in school history to reach 1,000 yards in a season. He has a favorable matchup to do just that, as he has averaged 8.4 yards per carry against the Cajuns.
The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns lost their 3rd consecutive game Saturday against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, dropping to 4-7 on the season. Louisiana-Lafayette was unable to get anything going on offense as they were outgained by Appalachian State by a whopping 402-246 margin. The only points for the Cajuns came on a touchdown with just 57 seconds remaining in the game.
For the year, Louisiana-Lafayette is averaging 27.3 ppg on 386.8 yards per game, 208.6 of that through the air and 178.2 rushing. The Ragin' Cajuns are led by a strong rushing attack that features Elijah McGuire (12 TD, 88.36 yds/game) and Torrey Pierce.
We will likely see two quarterbacks this week for ULL, as Brooks Haack and the dual-threat Jalen Nixon will both see snaps. Jamal Robinson, who averages 73.4 yards per game, and Al Riles are the primary threats at the wide receiver position for the Ragin' Cajuns. Defensively, Louisiana Lafayette is allowing 31.0 points per game on 418.4 total yards per game.
Prediction: ULL 38 Troy 35