Monday, March 27, 2023

No. 24 Cajun aims to validate ranking vs. Georgia State

Georgia State (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) at No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette (7-1, 5-0), Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN).

Line: From Louisiana-Lafayette 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Louisiana-Lafayette leads 5-0.

what’s at stake?

24 Louisiana-Lafayette is ranked for the first time since the preseason and must keep winning if it is to remain in the polls. Ragin Cajun would also secure a berth in the Sun Belt West division – and the Sun Belt Conference title game – with a win. Georgia State, the winners of the Three Straits, are tied atop the East Division and could also use the win to strengthen their bid to reach the league championship game.

major matches

Georgia State’s running game, which averages 221.9 yards per game and includes Tucker Gregg (552 yards, four TDs), Jamist Williams (413 yards, five TDs) and QB Darren Grainger (388 yards, one TD), against a Ragin Its going on. The Cajuns defense, which is coming out of a shutout and allowed points at 19.2 per game, is ranked 20th nationally.

players to watch

Georgia State: Junior LB Jordan Venezial has a team-high 65 tackles, including 3 1/2 tackles for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averages 8.1 tackles per game, third in the Sun Belt.

Louisiana-Lafayette: QB Levi Lewis is 29-7 as a raging Cajun starter and last week threw three touchdown passes to give 65 for his career to surpass Jake Delhomme for the first time in school history.

Facts & Figures

Georgia State has averaged 282 yards during its three-game winning streak. … the GSU defense has allowed only three touchdowns in their last two games combined. … PK Noel Ruiz is ranked 5th among all active FBS players with 363 points. … The Cajuns have led 28-5 since the start of the 2019 season. … ULL have run an offensive from scrimmage 16 times this season, converting 13 for the first down. … The Cajuns are 4-0 under coach Billy Napier on Thursday night.


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