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UL Lafayette vs. Georgia State Prediction,
and Odds - 9-19-2020

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#103 University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Ragin Cajuns -15
#104 Georgia State University
Panthers 15

Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 12:00pm

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The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns will look to keep their sprightly momentum up when they head to Georgia State to face the Panthers. The Ragin' Cajuns won their first game of the season, a stunning 31-14 victory against Iowa State, while the Panthers will play their first game.

Louisiana-Lafayette register first ever win against a top-25 team

Season form

The Ragin' Cajuns began their season with aplomb, beating the No. 23 Iowa State in commanding fashion 31-14. This early win against a top opposition will inspire the No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette team as this season progresses.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

"We've got a lot of belief that the University of Louisiana should always have a competitive team," coach Billy Napier said. "We're fortunate we got the necessary things from our administration. They decided they wanted to have an exceptional Group of 5 football program. They gave us the money to go hire the people; they've given us the resources inside the building to really run a Power 5 operation. This is what we expected to happen."

What happened?

A kick and punt return for a touchdown made all the difference for Louisiana-Lafayette. It was their first ever win against a top-25 opponent after a 0-26 record. Levi Lewis had a 78-yard scoring pass to hand his team the lead.

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Panthers have QB Calasurdo available for play

2019 form

The Panthers had a 7-6 season before losing to Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl. Despite a decent record, the stats last year were far from appealing, having scored 31 and conceding 36 points per game. A lot of those points came on the rush, which is their strong game (241.6 yards rushing per game).

QB condition status

Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo was cleared to return to the field after he was initially ruled out of the season due to a coronavirus-related heart condition. Initial tests showed a potential case of myocarditis.

What was said?

"I'm very thankful to be able to put this behind me and return to the game I love," Colasurdo said in a statement issued by the school. "I really appreciate all the support from our coaches and our trainers and medical staff for all they are doing to protect our health. I'm excited to be back on the field."

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Panthers' first two games of the season were cancelled due to the coronavirus. That will leave them a bit rusty and out of form, when compared to a confident Ragin' Cajuns team. And that's just one of the factors against the Panthers. The Ragin' Cajuns will continue to stay aggressive on the offensive end and that should be more than enough for a team that has had to bear a lot of uncertainty.

Prediction: UL Lafayette -15

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Full-Game Total Pick

The Panthers are decent on the rush. They put up a solid 241 yards per game on the ground last season in a campaign that was otherwise quite middling. They might find some fluency early and score about 20-25 points. However, I expect their defense to struggle a lot against a strong offensive team. The Panthers allowed 36 points on average last season. Against a superior team, that average will increase further.

Prediction: Over 57.5

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