The Ragin’ Cajuns have been stuck on repeat the last three seasons. In three straight years the Cajuns have gone 9-4, claimed at least a share of the Sun Belt championship and won the New Orleans Bowl.
Considering that turnaround started with the hiring of head coach Mark Hudspeth three years ago, it’s surprising he’s still around. Luckily for Hudspeth most of his important pieces from last year’s squad are back too.
Louisiana-Lafayette started last season with back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Kansas State before catching fire and reeling off eight straight wins. It’s possible it could have been longer if star QB Terrance Broadway hadn’t suffered a broken arm in a close loss to rivals Louisiana-Monroe that broke the streak.
Louisiana-Lafayette Odds to Win Sun Belt: -150 at Sportsbook
With dual threat Broadway back to lead what was the Sun Belt’s No. 2 scoring offense last season another Sun Belt title and bowl game look like a given. Don’t forget about RB Alonzo Harris too. He only led the Cajuns to the No. 2 running game in the conference last season.
The Cajuns have eight starters returning on offense and it almost seems unfair that they have nine starters on defense returning as well. They were the No. 3 defense in the conference last season and with a boatload of experience, including everyone coming back on a skilled secondary, they could be downright scary.
One major plus for the Cajuns is a much tamer Sportsbook to their season this year. Instead of Sportsbook with tough road games at Arkansas and Kansas State, the Cajuns have very winnable games to start the season at home versus Southern and Louisiana Tech. The Cajuns will get to prove they’re the real deal right after that though with back-to-back tough road matchups against Ole Miss and Boise State.
Don’t let the Cajuns' winning seasons fool you into thinking they’re easy money. Bettors got burned often last season by the 5-8 ATS Cajuns, especially at home where they were 2-3 ATS, and as a 3-5 ATS favorite.
Sun Belt Championship Odds at Sportsbook as of August 15
Louisiana-Lafayette -150 South Alabama +400 Arkansas State +550 Louisiana-Monroe +650 Troy +1200 Texas State +3000 Georgia Southern +5000 Georgia State +5000 Idaho +6600 Appalachian State +10000 New Mexico State +12500