The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are set to head on the road in Week 4 of the season to face the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday afternoon for the first Sun Belt Conference showdown for both programs.
Running game fueling Canticleers’ early success
Following a disappointing season opener loss to South Carolina, the Chanticleers have picked it up in the right direction with their offense leading the charge to the tune of 105 points in the last two games. Coastal Carolina looked like a highly potent offense in the 58-21 win 0ver Campbell last Saturday with quarterback Kilton Anderson showing his ability as a dual-threat factor with the ball in his hand as he completed 10-of-14 passes for three touchdowns to an interception along with 67 rushing yards on five carries.
Most of his production came in the first half as he tossed all three of his touchdown passes in the lopsided win on the road. Running back Torrance Marable had a strong outing with eight carries for 64 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns. Running back Marcus Outlow had 61 rushing yards on 14 carries with a touchdown in part of a dominating team performance on the ground that saw them record 333 rushing yards and four touchdowns. This production has helped push them to hold the 18th ranked running game in the nation that averages 251.7 yards per game with nine total touchdowns.
The Ragin’ Cajun has struggled against the run ranking 99th in the nation with 380 rushing yards allowed in their first two games for 190 yards allowed in each contest. This should see a heavy dosage of their three-headed ground attack led by Anderson, Marable, and Outlow in order to further exploit those issues against the running game.
Ragin’ Cajun hoping to rebound from disappointing loss
UL Lafayette is coming off a disappointing showing in their second game of the season in a disappointing 56-10 loss to South Carolina last Saturday. It was a completely one-sided affair that the Ragin’ Cajun couldn’t get anything going against the Gamecocks mustering just two scoring drives the entire contest in their first trip on the road in 2018. They were unable to get anything going on the scoreboard but did notch 310 total offensive yards with just 65 rushing yards in the contest.
Quarterback Andre Nunez completed 21-of-29 passes for 224 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The running game struggled to produce outside of running back Trey Ragas posting 49 rushing yards on seven carries while no other ball carrier had more than nine yards in the contest. Beyond that, it was their defense struggled tremendously giving up 607 total offensive yards with 331 yards coming against the run with five touchdowns allowed to South Carolina. Granted, it was against a Power Five conference school, it was a game that was dictated by the balanced offensive firepower that the Gamecocks had over the Ragin’ Cajun.
Their struggles against the run could be an aspect of their defense that is further exposed by the run-dominant Chanticleers on Saturday night. Unless they find an answer to sure up this part of their defensive presence, it could be a long day for the UL Layafette in their first taste of Sun Belt Conference play this season.
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Chanticleers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Chanticleers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Ragin’ Cajun has had a significant amount of struggles on the ground game this season that could present a huge problem against the run-heavy offense. Coastal Carolina could be in for another huge outing running the ball that should see them pull ahead of Reeling UL Layafette that is allowing nearly 200 rushing yards per game. Simply put, it all set up for a potentially another huge offensive on the ground for the Chanticleers.
Prediction: Coastal Carolina +3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Chanticleers’ offense is anchored by their running game that has allowed them to post 40-plus points in each of the last two games that should see another high-scoring outing for them. Although the Ragin’ Cajun were blown out of the water by South Carolina, it saw them tally north of 300 total offensive yards. This could lead to both teams point together shootout with plenty of points on the board. It also helps that the over is 8-0 in Chanticleers last eight games in September. The over has also hit in the Ragin’ Cajuns last six games contests.