Who’s ready for some weekend college football betting? Well the wait is over, as we’ve got an exciting Sun Belt showdown for you, when Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Denton, TX to take on the North Texas Mean Green.
Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) at North Texas Mean Green (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS)
Saturday, October 2: 7:30 p.m. ESPN3.com
Louisiana-Lafayette: +4 ½
North Texas: -4 ½
Total: 47 ½
The Mean Green have hardly been “mean,” this year, as they’ve limped to a 1-3 record. But after overcoming some early season injuries, they bounced back with their first win of the season last Saturday, surprising Florida Atlantic on the road.
The biggest surprise of course, was the return of Riley Dodge to quarterback for North Texas. Coach Todd Dodge’s son, Riley was moved to wide receiver during the offseason, after chronic shoulder injuries limited his ability to play quarterback. However, after an injury to starter Nathan Tune, and struggles from backup Derek Thompson, Dodge is back at quarterback, and didn’t miss a beat last weekend. He completed 15 of 19 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Running back James Hamilton had a big day as well, rushing 11 times for 122 yards.
As for Louisiana-Lafayette, things haven’t been pretty for the Rajin Cajuns, as they rank towards the bottom of college football in almost every major statistical category.
On offense, things are especially bad, as they rank 100 th in the country in total offense (averaging just 300 yards per game), and 109 th in scoring offense, putting up 17 points a game.
What little hope there was in Lafayette was squashed last weekend, when the Rajin Cajuns were beaten by a bad Middle Tennessee State team, that was without their suspended quarterback Dwight Dasher. In that contest Louisiana-Lafayette was bad on the offense but more importantly defense, allowing over 200 yards passing, and 200 yards rushing to the undermanned Blue Raiders. If they’re to win Saturday, they’ll need much improvement from the defense.
Unfortunately that isn’t going to happen, and with that, take North Texas in the college football betting.
While circumstances aren’t ideal with Dodge back under center at North Texas, you can’t say the signal-caller isn’t experienced. He completed 67 percent of his passes last year, tossing nine touchdowns. And because of Dodge isn’t your typical second string quarterback, it should be enough to put the Mean Green over the top this weekend.
Again, Dodge isn’t going to blow you away with his raw skills. But he’s a coach’s son, plays hard, and won’t make mistakes. Going up against a Louisiana-Lafayette team that is struggling on both sides of the ball, North Texas doesn’t need him to win this game for them, as much as just not lose it.
Either way, it’s time to make your college football betting picks this weekend, and with that, there’s only one play to make: Take North Texas and the points at home.
The Pick: North Texas -4 ½