Appalachian State (10-2, 7-1 Sun Belt) at No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette (11-1, 8-0, No. 24 CFP), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: From Appalachian State 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook,
Series record: Appalachian State leads 8-2.
what’s at stake?
Both teams already have assured Bowl bids, but Louisiana-Lafayette has never won the Sun Belt Conference championship game and wants nothing more than to do that, which coach Billy Napier’s Ragin is Cajun’s. Together might be the last game before he moves on to his next job. in Florida. Appalachian State are looking for their third win in the Sun Belt title game to go with those they won in 2018 and 2019.
Ragin’ Cajun’ productive and multifaceted ground game against Appalachian State’s Sun Belt-best run defense. ULL has averaged 190.9 yards per game this season, running between Chris Smith, Montreal Johnson and Imani Bailey, as well as double-threat QB Levi Lewis. The Climbers continue to allow a league-low 113.4 yards per game run.
players to watch
Appalachian State: Linebacker D’Marco Jackson’s total of 103 tackles included 15 tackles and five sacks to make up for the loss. He also has one interception and has been credited with eight QB Hers.
Louisiana-Lafayette: Tight end Neil Johnson caught three passes for 80 yards in a win over Louisiana-Monroe last weekend and topped Cajun with 22 catches for 287 yards and a TD.
Facts & Figures
These teams met during the regular season at Cajun Field, with Louisiana-Lafayette rolling in to a 41–13 victory, which wound up as the Mountaineers’ lone conference loss, and in deciding the host of the title game. for an important result. … ULL and Appalachian State are the only Sun Belt teams to participate in the conference’s championship game, which was first held in 2018. … Appalachian State are the only team to win the Sun Belt title, having won the first two games before the pandemic-changed 2020 season was called off. … Sean Clark is in his second full season as Appalachian State coach and is 20-5 with the Mountaineers. … the Cajuns are 32-5 since the start of the 2019 season and are currently in the middle of a school-record 11-game winning streak. … Lewis has made 33 of his 40 starts in QB with Cajun and also holds the school record for career TD passes with 72.
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