The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Ohio Bobcats kick off the Week 3 college football schedule when they meet in a primetime matchup on Thursday at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La. The Ragin' Cajuns (1-1) have 10 starters back on each side of the ball but are still looking to regain the form from last season when they went 10-1, upset eventual Fiesta Bowl champion Iowa State and finished No. 15 in the AP Top 25. Meanwhile the Bobcats (0-2) are in their first year under coach Tim Albin, who served as Ohio's offensive coordinator for the past 16 years under Frank Solich.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Ragin' Cajuns are 19.5-point favorites in the latest Louisiana vs. Ohio odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under for total points scored is 56.5. Before locking in any Ohio vs. Louisiana picks, check out the college football predictions from Josh Nagel.
Nagel is a Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry. Since the start of the 2018 college football season, he is 202-171-6 on all college football picks, returning a profit of $1,327. In addition, he has had a particularly keen eye for the Ragin' Cajuns. He is a perfect 4-0 with his against-the-spread college football picks involving Louisiana. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
- Louisiana vs. Ohio spread: Ragin' Cajuns -19.5
- Louisiana vs. Ohio over-under: 56.5 points
- Louisiana vs. Ohio money line: Ragin' Cajuns -1100, Bobcats +700
- ULL: Levi Lewis leads the Sun Belt Conference in passing yards per game (293.0)
- OHIO: De'Montre Tuggle leads the Mid-American Conference in yards per kickoff return (26.7)
Why Louisiana can cover
Louisiana has a prolific passer in Levi Lewis. A "super senior" who elected to take advantage of the NCAA's eligibility extension due to COVID-19, Lewis has thrown for 6,872 yards and 57 touchdowns in 45 career games. He needs eight passing touchdowns to set the program record for career passing scores.
In addition, the Ragin' Cajuns offense has a huge edge in the trenches. Four of Louisiana's offensive linemen have started at least 26 games over the last two years. They'll be going up against an Ohio rush defense that's giving up 225.5 rushing yards per game so far this season. That ranks ninth in the MAC and 118th in the country.
Why Ohio can cover
De'Montre Tuggle is a rushing and returning threat for Ohio. A fifth-year senior who came to Oxford via Kilgore College, Tuggle has rushed for 1,156 yards on 177 carries in his career, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He also has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns on 11 returns since becoming a kickoff returner late last season.
In addition, the Bobcats face a Louisiana pass defense that has been struggling. The Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 312.0 passing yards per game; just eight teams in the country are allowing more. Last season, they ranked sixth in the country in passing yards allowed per game (170.6).
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