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Ragin’ Cajuns Have Been Money During Bowl Season

Louisiana-Lafayette may have some of these wins vacated, but the Ragin’ Cajuns have gone 4-0 SU and ATS in their past four bowl games. Can they extend that streak to five bowl game covers in five years when they take on Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl?

Shark Bites
  • Southern Miss is 6-0 ATS in its last 6 games against Louisiana-Lafayette.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 7 games.
  • Southern Miss is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games against the Sun Belt.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s offense has been pretty bad this season, ranking 105th in yards per game and 108th in points per game. If you want a perfect example, take a 30-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe when the Ragin’ Cajuns accounted for zero passing yards. Running back Elijah McGuire is the focal point of the offense, as the senior has tallied 1029 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Defensively, Lafayette is primarily a run-stopping unit, having held opponents to 125.8 rushing yards and 3.4 yards per attempt. Joe Dillon is the player to watch. The linebacker accounted for a team-high 12.5 tackles for a loss and 6.0 sacks.

Southern Miss is a pass-first offense with senior Nick Mullens slinging the ball all around the field. Mullens is coming off his best game this season when he went 29 of 33 for 342 yards and three touchdowns with no picks. Junior running back Ito Smith has rushed for 15 touchdowns this season and made at least one trip to the end zone in 10 of 12 games.

The Southern Miss defense has been great this season, limiting opponents to 331 yards per game. Passing D has been the Golden Eagles’ strength, as they have allowed the 11th fewest passing yards in the country.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Louisiana-Lafayette bring a 6-6 record (8-4 ATS) to the Week P betting matchup against the 6-6 Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who are 3-9 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Louisiana-Lafayette go 4-7-1 so far and the Golden Eagles go 6-5-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Louisiana-Lafayette vs Southern Miss injuries news.

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns sit at No. 62 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Southern Miss Golden Eagles are at No. 65 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns No. 108-ranked offense (23.83 PPG) against a Southern Miss Golden Eagles defense that ranks No. 78 at 30.25 PPG. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns passing attack has averaged 185.17 yards per game, more than the Southern Miss Golden Eagles give up through the air (181.58 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles feature the league's No. 58-rated road run defense, allowing 179.67 yards per game. Louisiana-Lafayette, meanwhile, ranks No. 112 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Nick Mullens led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 342 yards Friday as the Golden Eagles downed the Bulldogs 39-24 at MM Roberts Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Southern Miss is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Southern Miss is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Southern Miss is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Southern Miss is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 7 games
  • Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Southern Miss