BTN Predictions – Week 4: Louisiana-Lafayette
Okay, so maybe the BTN staff got a little carried away with our #BEATEMDOWN predictions last week. How were we supposed to know the game would be played on the worst surface Boise State has played on in recent memory? Oh well, on to Week 4. This week Boise State plays host to the Louisiana-
Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, owners of one of college football’s coolest names. Boise State opened as a 16-point favorite over the Cajuns, a line that should fluctuate before game time. Last week, we questioned Vegas’ line of -17 Boise State, but the bookies turned out to be psychics when it came to Boise State/UConn (38-21 Broncos). Read below to see if the BTN staff sides with Vegas this time around, or if gambling is bad so we ignore their existence completely. As usual, comment below with your prediction or tweet it to @TheBTN.
UL-Lafayette was a popular pick in the off-season to be a trap game for Boise State. Recent weeks have been rough on the Cajuns, getting whipped at home by former Boise State conference mate Louisiana Tech 48-20, and losing 15-56 to Ole Miss. I watched that game, and Ole Miss frankly could have named the score. All of the Rebels starters were out of the game by midway of the 3rd quarter. I thought ULL did some good things on the ground, and their QB is good at improvising, but their defense gives up a lot of easy completions over the middle. I think Ajayi has a good day, but Hedrick is the player that goes off vs. the Ragin’ Cajun defense. I’ll stick my head out and disagree with Vegas this week. Give me Boise State 49-27 in yet another late game on The Blue™.
Hmmm….I’m pretty confident that the Broncos will get the “W” this week. I’m just not sure of the final score. After some alternating “Meh/That’s a bit better/Oh we won but not so pretty!” weeks, the boys have me teetering on the edge of uncertainty. I think most everything comes together this week (it has to, right?). The pass and run defense step up, Jay gets a moderate amount of touches but still shines, Grant throws for 3 TDs and runs for 1, and SWR finally breaks one. The Fighting Hot Peppers will go cold and the final score will be 45-20, the Good Guys!
The Ragin’ Cajuns just aren’t going to have enough oomph to overpower the Broncos at home. Their defense is Sunbelt Funbelt-tastic, and their offense just won’t be dynamic enough to confuse the Boise defense too much. ULL is ripe for the picking (sacking, whatever) and like Noel, I think it all comes together this week. I think that Boise will have blingy yardage numbers to match the chromey helmets, and the Broncos come away with the win, 32-10.
I’m a glass over-flowing type of guy – always positive and always expecting the best. In my past two predictions I have placed my order for blowouts but have been served satisfying but not overly tasty wins of 13 and 17 points. This week we get the full course meal. The defensive line will continue their dominance, Grant Hedrick will pick up where he left off last week showing that he can be the leader the Broncos need, the secondary will finally get it together and smother the Cajun’s passing game, and Jay Ajayi will once again run free like a Heisman contending running back. Time to eat. Boise 59 Louisiana 10
After predicting a blow-out and Ryan Finley appearance last week, I had some time to self-reflect and let myself know i need to cool the jets. Therefore, I am not going to predict a blow-out this week. Thus meaning it will happen and the Broncos will run all over Ragin’ Cajuns. That’s how much faith I have in my score prediction skills. I think the Broncos will win by a slim margin and fail to cover the 16+ point spread. So, if you’re reading this, you should understand that means lay down big money on BSU to cover. Broncos 34 Cajuns 20