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The Ohio Bobcats meet up against Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns to get the Week 3 college football schedule underway on Thursday. The Bobcats lost back-to-back games and started the season a disappointing 0-2. The Ragin' Cajuns were able to beat the Nicholls Colonels after falling short against Texas in their opener. Neither team has covered against an FBS opponent this season, so something will have to give from a betting perspective.

Kickoff from Cajun Field is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Ragin' Cajuns are 19.5-point favorites in the latest Ohio vs. Louisiana odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 56.5. Before finalizing any Louisiana vs. Ohio picks, be sure to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 3 of the 2021 season on a 67-50 run on all top-rated college football picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Ohio vs. Louisiana and just revealed its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college football odds and betting trends for Louisiana vs. Ohio:

  • Ohio vs. Louisiana spread: Louisiana -19.5
  • Ohio vs. Louisiana over-under: 56.5 points 
  • Ohio vs. Louisiana money line: Ohio +700, Louisiana -1100 
  • OHIO: The Over is 5-1-2 in Bobcats last eight Thursday games 
  • ULL: The Ragin' Cajuns are 4-1 against the spread in their last five Thursday games
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Why Ohio can cover

Louisiana's defense has struggled to stop the pass in their first two matchups. Opponents have averaged 312 passing yards a game including 9.9 yards an attempt. Nicholls Colonels senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. torched this Ragin' Cajun defense for 359 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The Bobcats have been a run-first team through the first two games of the year. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Kurtis Rourke has completed 70 percent of his passes for 310 yards and one touchdown. Rourke will be given opportunities throughout the game to make plays against this Louisiana pass defense. 

Why Louisiana can cover

Senior quarterback Levi Lewis has the athleticism to gain yards with his both arm and legs. In 2020, Lewis rushed for a career-high 335 yards and five touchdowns. He made the most of his carries, averaging 6.1 yards a rush.

The Bobcats have had their fair share of troubles stopping the rushing attack. Lewis forces the defense to keep an eye on him as a runner in addition to a passer. The senior quarterback has also thrown for at least 280 passing yards in both games thus far this year. 

How to make Ohio vs. Louisiana picks 

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the point total, projecting teams to combine for 62 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine

So who wins Ohio vs. Louisiana? And which side of the spread hits in over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on Thursday, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.