Start Time: 5 p.m. EST, Nov. 25
Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette, La.
Records: Georgia Southern (1-9, 1-5 Sun Belt), UL-Lafayette (5-5, 4-2 Sun Belt)
Weather: 66 degrees at kickoff, 4 MPH winds
Betting Line: ULL -6, O/U 57
Georgia Southern Outlook
The Eagles are coming off of its most dominant performance in the last two seasons with last Saturday’s obliteration of South Alabama, also its first win of the year.
Hopefully, last week was enough to turn the tide for Georgia Southern, and the team will try and continue to play the dominant style of football it showcased against the Jaguars.
This week will be an interesting one for the Eagles. Will the team continue its momentum from its first win of the season, or will the clock strike midnight and the holes that have been exploited in its first nine losses of the year turn this team back into the pumpkin it had been all year?
The win may have also gone a long way towards the maturity of freshman quarterback Shai Werts. The signal-caller looked more composed last Saturday than he had all season and seems to slowly be cutting out more and more of the boneheaded mistakes that plagued the first nine games.
Alternate quarterback Kado Brown also saw a good bit of reps last week, and was a perfect 4-4 while throwing for 120 yards and a touchdown. On the surface, it looks as if Brown is the better pocket passer of the two, while Werts seems to be more decisive and dynamic in reading blocks in the option game.
This week will be an important one for the Eagles, as some wanted interim head coach Chad Lunsford hired as the permanent coach after the win. This one will show if this team has put its early struggles behind it or not.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are a bit of a conundrum, much like South Alabama had been to this point before last week.
UL-Lafayette has had its way against the bottom of the Sun Belt, defeating the Jaguars to go along with victories over New Mexico State, Texas State and Idaho.
Two losses to UL-Monroe (a 56-50 overtime shootout) and Arkansas State (a 47-3 drubbing) has me scratching my head about what to expect from this team going into the week.
Quarterback Jordan Davis has been up-and-down much like his team this year, tossing just seven touchdowns to four interceptions while missing a pair of games this season.
Halfback Trey Ragas looks on paper to be the most dynamic factor in the Cajuns’ offensive attack, rushing for 758 in nine games (84 per clip) and nine scores.
With ULL sitting at 123rd in the country defensively, allowing 38 points per game, and the Eagles ranked 104th with 33.4 points allowed per game, the over/under for this one couldn’t be high enough.
The Cajuns are vying for a bowl spot at five wins while the Eagles are purely playing for pride and its interim coach at this point. Based on the way Georgia Southern played last week, and despite what is on the line for UL-Lafayette, I think the Eagles win this one by two scores on the road.
Georgia Southern 42, UL-Lafayette 31