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Louisiana vs ULM: Cajuns Go for 10 in “Battle on the Bayou”

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Louisiana looks for their first 10-win season in school history on Senior Day. The Cajuns are also looking for a tune-up before the conference title game.

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Louisiana Ragin Cajuns (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) vs UL Monroe Warhawks (5-6, 4-3 Sun belt)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 30th 2019, 6:30 p.m. CT

Watch: ESPNU

Listen: ESPN1420 AM

Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

Betting Line: Louisiana -19.5, O/U 70.5

All-Time Series Record: Louisiana leads all-time series 28-25


Lafayette, LA- Saturday night will be one for the Ragin’ Cajun history books as Billy Napier and Louisiana go for win number 10 for the first time in school history as they host in-state rival UL Monroe in a 6:30 p.m. contest on ESPNU.

Louisiana Outlook

Louisiana (9-2) is off to its best season since 1976 and is looking to rewrite history with this game. Quarterback Levi Lewis has been incredibly efficient as of late, racking up 2,180 yards on the year to go along with 17 TDs and only three interceptions. Lewis ranks 23rd nationally in completion percentage at 65.4%.

Louisiana will still ride its rushing attack in this one however, as ULM comes in with the third-worst rushing defense in the nation. The three-headed monster of Trey Ragas, Elijah Mitchell, and Raymond Calais, along with freshman phenom Chris Smith Jr, have compiled fifth-best rushing offense in the country.

However, Louisiana can be very dangerous through the air, with Lewis having targets like Ja’Marcus Bradley and Bam Jackson. This Louisiana offense has become more balanced as the season has progressed, but the ground attack is still the bread and butter.

Injury wise for Louisiana, Robert Hunt is doubtful with the nagging groin injury. Nose Tackle Zi’yon Hill is questionable with a shoulder injury.

ULM Outlook

The Warhawks come into this game needing a win for bowl eligibility and would also love to play spoiler for the Cajuns. Senior quarterback Caleb Evans has 2,612 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Evans also has 717 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

Rushing for the Warhawks, Josh Johnson comes into the season finale with 1,189 yards and 11 touchdowns. ULM is currently ranked 31st nationally in rushing offense.

Markis McCray and Josh Pederson are the two leading receivers for the Warhawks. McCray has 44 catches for 549 yards and six touchdowns on the year, while Pederson comes in with 37 catches for 475 yards and eight touchdowns.

Prediction

Rivalry games are always fun, and it means a little more when it’s within state lines. Look for this game to be chippy and physical as usual, but in the end, the Cajuns are just too much to handle. Louisiana makes history, winning this game 42-14.