Week eight of college football continues as UL Lafayette travels to Centennial Bank Stadium to play against Arkansas State on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 P.M. This will be the 46th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Ragin' Cajuns narrowly beat the Red Wolves at home by a score of 47-43.
UL Lafayette Looks To Forget About Last WeekUL Lafayette enters this game with a solid 4-2 record as it was upset at home by Appalachian State last week. This loss could come back to hurt the program as it was in a golden situation to win its division in the conference prior to that game. However, now UL Lafayette is not in first place anymore so it is far from a lock to make it back into the conference title game. With another conference game up next, UL Lafayette will look to bounce back on the road and potentially save its conference title hopes. Unfortunately, this game is on the road so one has to wonder just how well this team will play in a hostile environment in this conference game.
Leading the Ragin' Cajuns offensively is junior quarterback Levi Lewis who has looked solid so far this season. Specifically, Lewis has thrown for 1,111 passing yards along with nine passing touchdowns. In addition, he has only thrown two interceptions so he has done a pretty good job at limiting mistakes in the passing game. However, this is a conference road game so he will need to limit turnovers in this game.
UL Lafayette's biggest threat on defense is junior linebacker Joe Dillon who has been great through the first six games. So far this season, he is tied for a team-high with three sacks along with one forced fumble. With an opponent that loves to throw the ball up next, Dillon should have ample opportunities to add to his sack total in this game. If UL Lafayette plans on winning this game, he will need to make the most of those opportunities.
Arkansas State Looks For Home UpsetBlake Anderson has the Red Wolves in okay form headed into this game. Specifically, Arkansas State is a .500 team as it has only won three of its first six games. However, it did not play in week seven so perhaps the extra preparation time will help get the program's season on track. Luckily for the Red Wolves, this game will be at home which will increase their chances of pulling off this conference upset. It is also worth mentioning that Arkansas State is 0-2 against the spread at home this season so perhaps the Red Wolves will finally be able to exceed expectations on Thursday night by covering this spread and maybe even winning this game outright.
Leading the Red Wolves offensively is freshman quarterback Layne Hatcher who has looked solid so far this season. Specifically, Hatcher has thrown for 792 passing yards along with eight passing touchdowns. His performance has been even better when one factors in the fact that he was not supposed to even play this season and was only inserted into the starting lineup when original starting quarterback Logan Bonner suffered a season-ending thumb injury.
Arkansas State's biggest threat on defense is junior defensive end William Bradley-King who has been great through the first six games. So far this season, he has a team-high five sacks. In addition, he also has a team-high two forced fumbles along with one fumble recovery so he is fully capable of forcing turnovers when given the opportunity. Now, he will look to add to his sack total at home on Thursday.
- Ragin' Cajuns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Red Wolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Red Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.