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Week 9 Sun Belt Fearless Predictions

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Posted Oct 27, 2012


Week 9 Sun Belt Fearless Predictions & Game Previews

Arkansas State (4-3) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (4-2) Oct 23, 8:00, ESPN2

Here’s The Deal: Louisiana-Lafayette desperately needs to come back with a win after losing late last Tuesday night to North Texas. With ULM, WKU still to go, the loss to the Mean Green doesn’t matter too much. However, a loss to Arkansas State would be devastating after such a good start. The offense has been solid and the defense is great at taking the ball away, but the key will be to control the game with the ground game and the O line.

The Red Wolves are also in a bind having lost to WKU a few weeks ago. With wins over FIU and South Alabama they’ve bounced back to get into the Sun Belt title hunt, but they have to go on the road three times in the next four games while hoping for more consistency on defense.

What Will Happen: The Red Wolves have the ground game to give the Ragin’ Cajuns fits, but the ULL running attack will do even more. Which will struggle more, the ASU run defense or the ULL pass defense? Call it even, but Alonzo Harris and Terrence Broadway will do just enough to get by in a fun back-and-forth dogfight.

CFN Prediction: Louisiana-Lafayette 38 … Arkansas State 31
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Louisiana-Lafayette -4.5 O/U: 60.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Girl, 1 – Don’t Trust The B In Apt. 23): 2.5

North Texas (3-4) at Middle Tennessee (4-3) Oct 27, 3:30, ESPN3

What Will Happen: Middle Tennessee has to prove it can get the offense moving again without running back Benny Cunningham. The Blue Raiders were thumped by Mississippi State, but they have a good enough offense to give the North Texas defense a few problems. However, the Mean Green running game and the short-to-midrange passing game should be enough to keep the momentum rolling after a great win over UL-Lafayette.

CFN Prediction: North Texas 24 … Middle Tennessee 20
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Middle Tennessee -3.5 O/U: 56.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Girl, 1 – Don’t Trust The B In Apt. 23): 2.5

Troy (4-3) at Florida Atlantic (1-6) Oct 27, 5:00

What Will Happen: Is it too late for Troy to make any real noise in the Sun Belt race? Yes, but the offense is exploding and the defense has been surprisingly solid, even with two straight rough weeks against WKU and FIU. The Trojan passing game should be able to connect down the field against an FAU defense that’s giving up way too many big plays. The Owls don’t have the offense to keep up.

CFN Prediction: Troy 38 … Florida Atlantic 14
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Troy -9.5 O/U: 52
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Girl, 1 – Don’t Trust The B In Apt. 23): 1

Western Kentucky (5-2) at Florida International (1-7) Oct 27, 8:00, ESPN3

What Will Happen: In what looked like the Sun Belt Game of the Year before the season began, now FIU is just trying to save some face after losing six in a row and with an ugly 0-4 conference record. The passing game is fine, but Mario Cristobal’s defense has been a disaster. WKU is coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to ULM but it’ll bounce back in a hurry with a dominant win.

CFN Prediction: WKU 34 … FIU 17
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) WKU -7 O/U: 53.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Girl, 1 – Don’t Trust The B In Apt. 23): 2

South Alabama (2-5) at ULM (5-2) Oct 27, 7:00

What Will Happen: Both teams are coming in on a major high. South Alabama beat Florida Atlantic in double overtime, while ULM has established itself as the star of the Sun Belt with an overtime thriller over WKU. The Warhawks have way too much offense for a USA defense that isn’t consistent enough and isn’t stout enough to slow down the midrange passing game. USA will come up with a few haymakers, but not enough of them.

CFN Prediction: ULM 44 … South Alabama 17
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) ULM -24.5 O/U: 55.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Girl, 1 – Don’t Trust The B In Apt. 23): 1.5