Week 6 – Tulane at Louisiana-Lafayette

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Posted Oct 4, 2012


Week 6 CFN Fearless Prediction – Tulane at Louisiana-Lafayette

Tulane (0-4) at Louisiana-Lafayette (3-1) Oct. 6, 5:00

Here’s The Deal: In the uber-competitive Sun Belt Conference, Louisiana-Lafayette has taken an early lead, courtesy of wins over Troy and Florida International, the latter a blowout. Now, the Ragin’ Cajuns are hoping to use rival Tulane as a tune-up for the resumption of league play a week from now. If the Green Wave is making strides for rookie head coach Curtis Johnson, the scoreboard isn’t showing it. More than just one of the final eight winless teams in the FBS, Tulane has lost by an average score of 42-8.

Why Tulane Might Win: The Green Wave boasts no strengths, so it’ll have to attack Louisiana-Lafayette’s relative weakness, its defense. It won’t be easy since the offense hasn’t reached the end zone in more than eight quarters, but all-star RB Orleans Darkwa is back, which helps, and Ryan Grant is a wide receiver capable of getting behind the Ragin’ Cajuns secondary.

Why Louisiana-Lafayette Might Win: Starting QB Blaine Gautier is out with a broken, but the staff has full confidence in backup Terrence Broadway. The Houston transfer has played well—and in every game—showcasing great athletic ability. He and a deep corps of skill position players will have few problems traversing the nation’s 118th-ranked scoring defense.

What To Watch Out For: Ragin’ Cajuns CB Jemarlous Moten has picked up where he left off last year, making his presence felt in coverage and against the run. He ought to be a concern for the jumbled Tulane quarterbacks, who have started three players, and could be leaning at journeyman D.J. Ponder if no one else is healthy enough to go.

What Will Happen: Louisiana-Lafayette has only beaten Tulane four times in history, the last coming in 1995. It’s payback time for the Ragin’ Cajuns. They’ll stampede a Green Wave team that’s going in reverse, piling up the yards and the points behind the playmaking of Broadway and the pass-catching of veteran WR Harry Peoples.

CFN Prediction: Louisiana-Lafayette 47 … Tulane 10
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Louisiana-Lafayette -27 O/U: 56
Must Watch Rating (5 – Master, 1 – Trouble with the Curve): 1