Gamecast game of the week? What the f*** is that you may be thinking. In my eyes the transformation from a casual gambler to a degenerate is the moment you put a bet on a game with such obscure teams, where you have to resort to following the team’s twitter page for updates or going on the team’s website to find a gamecast stream. Usually five minutes into following it they have you wondering, “Why did I bet on this game? Where did I go wrong in life?” You know those real intimate moments where you do some deep soul searching.
These are typically college games not featuring the typical powerhouse conferences like the SEC or Big 12 but the more obscure MEAC or Big Sky. For example, the first game I encountered this was around two years ago when I had a little action on SIU Edwardsville @ Hawaii and was up until 3:00 AM following Hawaii’s stat tracker. I won’t say which side I was on in that game (the wrong one). Every week during the college football season, I’ll write about one of these random games that makes you jump through hoops to follow. This weeks game is a battle in the Sun Belt with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers going on the road to face the Lousiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. Let’s give a little background on these teams in case you aren’t familiar with them.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 2-1:
The Chanticleers are one of the few schools in the country without the typical green grass field. The first team that comes to everyone’s mind is Boise State’s blue turf but Coastal has a nice teal turf that makes them a powerhouse at home (maybe?). Now Coastal’s coach, Joe Moglia, probably isn’t in it for the money. He was the CEO of TD Ameritrade for seven years before getting into coaching. Interesting transition but he built Coastal into a nice power house in the FCS and a 10-2 record in their first season in Division 1. He’s also written two books so I guess you can say he’s been pretty successful but I don’t know seems like a bit of a try hard to me. Let’s see if that arrogance rears its ugly head at some point in this game.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 1-1:
Now for some college football fans this team may ring more of a bell. They’ve played in the New Orleans Bowl five out of the last seven seasons. This game is always played on the first day of bowl season giving degenerates their first taste of a month long stretch of betting on teams you’ve probably never heard of. First year head coach, Billy Napier, actually has a notable pedigree. He spent time working on the offensive staffs at both Clemson and Alabama, and has said about 85% of what he is implementing in Lafayette is in the image of Saban’s program. If that doesn’t make you a believer in this program I don’t know what will.
Trends for this game:
- Coastal Carolina is 4-1 in its last 5 ATS/SU
- CC is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 road games HOWEVER 2-13 SU in its last 15 road tilts
- Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 home games
Line: Louisiana-Lafayette -4; O/U 64
Prediction: Louisiana-Lafayette -4
If this game was being played at Coastal on the teal turf, I’d have the Chanticleers by a million. I’ve always said the toughest thing in sports is to win a road game in football on non-traditional field colors. However, this game is being played in Louisiana so I have to ride with the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Cajuns running back, Trey Ragas, made third-team all Sun Belt as a freshman last year and is averaging 9.6 yards a carry so far this season. What I do worry about is Louisiana looking ahead to next week’s tilt against Alabama. I know this may be screaming trap game but I believe in this team. I’ll take 85% of Nick Saban vs. some former corporate stooge any day of the week.