When and where: November 16, 2019, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 5:00 PM ET
The South Alabama Jaguars continue in their search for their first conference win of the season in Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference showdown with the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. After holding Texas State and Coastal Carolina to 10 points combined, the Ragin’ Cajuns hope to put the defensive clamps on a struggling Jaguars’ offense averaging 16.1 points per game. The Jaguars recently lost a 28-30 heartbreaker on the road at Texas State.
UL Lafayette’s Lewis dismantles Coastal CarolinaIn a dominant win over Coastal Carolina, UL Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis gave the world a sneak preview of what he plans on doing to South Alabama. The versatile junior went 26-of-30 passing for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Naysayers have always dinged him on his lack of height being an issue, but he looked near flawless in a game where he finished with an 86.7 completion percentage.
The Ragin’ Cajuns currently have the No. 1-ranked offense in the conference. It’s a unit built to dissect opponents in a multitude of different ways. Lewis is a fairly accurate passer that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, and he should be able to carve through South Alabama’s pass defense like butter. Of course, he’ll lean on his vaunted rushing attack as repetitive body blows to setup the knockout.
The Jaguars are giving up 197.8 rushing yards per game, and the Ragin’ Cajuns are sure to attack that weakness with their deep stable of running backs. Elijah Mitchell, Trey Ragas and Raymond Calais—it’s basically a revolving door of speed and power-running on offense. On the defensive side of the ball, sack-hungry linebacker Joe Dillon is the name to keep an eye on when facing a Jaguars’ offensive front that has done a poor job of protecting quarterback Cephus Johnson.
UL Lafayette’s top-ranked scoring defense is holding opposing teams to 17.1 points per game.
South Alabama loses seventh-straight gameIt has been an absolute nightmare season for the Jaguars given their struggles on both sides of the ball. However, last week’s two-point loss to Texas State had to sting more than any other loss so far this season. They had every opportunity to put an end to their losing streak and simply failed to close the deal. The loss marked the seventh consecutive time they have fallen in defeat.
Don’t expect any mercy from the football gods with the Ragin’ Cajuns being next on the itinerary. One would think the Jaguars would stick with freshman Desmond Trotter as the starting quarterback on Saturday. While he wasn’t able to lead the team to a win over Texas State, he did complete 61.5 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. The problem with Johnson all season has stemmed from too many turnovers. He has actually thrown more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (5).
South Alabama has their work cut out for them in defending against the Ragin’ Cajuns’ myriad of running backs. They come at teams in waves and can quickly wear out a defensive front. The Jaguars haven’t shown much resistance against the run all season, which is a problem that isn’t going away overnight.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Ragin' Cajuns are 5-0 ATS against a team with a losing record.
- Ragin' Cajuns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Ragin' Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Ragin' Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Jaguars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Jaguars are 8-20 ATS against a team with a winning record.
- Jaguars are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games in November.
- Jaguars are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS win.