Teams looking to stay in the title chase in the Sun Belt Conference West Division clash on Thursday night when the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns battle the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles (4-3, 2-1) are tied for second place in the Sun Belt West Division with South Alabama, one game behind Troy, and have won each of their past two games. The Ragin' Cajuns (4-3, 2-2), fourth in the division, have won two straight, including a 38-18 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.
Kickoff from M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss., is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Louisiana is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Louisiana vs. Southern Mississippi odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 43. (See up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college football odds page.)
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The model knows the Golden Eagles are led by freshman quarterback Zach Wilcke, who has continued to improve as the season has progressed. Wilcke has completed 90 of 150 passes (60 percent) for 979 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been picked off eight times, but has a rating of 119.6. Wilcke has thrown six touchdowns over his past five games, including two against Tulane in a 27-24 win on Sept. 24. In last week's win at Texas State, he completed 18 of 25 passes (72 percent) for a touchdown and two interceptions.
The model also knows the Ragin' Cajuns have been powered by junior quarterback Ben Wooldridge, who was on fire last Saturday, and is filling in for the injured Chandler Fields. Wooldridge completed 21 of 34 passes (61.8 percent) for 316 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-18 win over Arkansas State. For the season, he has completed 62.8 percent of his passes on 86 of 137 passing for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been picked off just once and has a rating of 145.9. Wooldridge has also rushed 26 times for 116 yards (4.5 average), including a long of 17 yards. Fields is close to returning, but is not expected back on the short week.
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