Alabama vs. Louisiana: NCAA College Football Alabama starts a stretch of four straight games against unranked opponents and has won an FBS-record 76 games in a row against teams outside the Top 25. Louisiana-Lafayette seeking its first win in 43 tries against teams who were members of the Southeastern Conference at the time.
Louisiana-Lafayette’s red zone offense versus Alabama’s red zone defense. Only the Ragin’ Cajuns and UCLA have scored touchdowns on every trip inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Louisiana-Lafayette is 10 for 10. Alabama opponents have scored on six of 10 trips into the red zone with four touchdowns.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Louisiana-Lafayette: RB Trey Ragas leads the Sun Belt Conference in rushing at 98.0 yards per game. He has topped 100 yards twice in three games.
The teams haven’t met since 1990, when Alabama won 25-6 in the Tide’s lone visit to Lafayette. Alabama coach Nick Saban led LSU to a 48-0 win in 2002. … First-year Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier was Alabama’s wide receivers coach from 2013-16 and an offensive analyst in 2011. Saban improved to 14-0 against his former assistants last week against Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M. … The Ragin’ Cajuns are 1-27 against ranked teams. The lone victory came against No. 25 Texas A&M, then a member of the Big 12, in 1996.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will look to pull off a huge upset after falling back to .500 at 2-2 with a 30-28 loss to Coastal Carolina in their last outing. Andre Nunez has thrown for 541 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception in completing 72.3% of his pass attempts while.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to stay atop the college football rankings after improving to 4-0 with a 45-23 win over Texas A&M in their last outing. Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for 1,033 yards and 12 touchdowns on 58 of 80 passing while Najee Harris has a team-high 246 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns and Damien Harris is right behind with 230 rushing yards of his own.
Louisiana is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the SEC. Alabama is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the Sun Belt and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I give up with trying to figure out Alabama, as when I go against them they cover, and when I go with them they don’t cover. However, fool me again because I can’t go against Alabama here. The Cajuns are a decent team in the Sun Belt, but going against the top team in the country that’s already beaten a solid Ole Miss squad by 55 and hung up 45 on a very good Texas A&M team is something completely different. This line is insane and we are leaving it wide open for a backdoor cover, but I don’t see anything other than an Alabama rout in this one so I’ll begrudgingly lay the points.