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North Texas vs. Louisiana Lafayette: Betting Odds, Preview and Pick

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Derek Thompson #7 of the North Texas Mean Green hands off to Brandin Byrd #24 during a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU would win 41-14.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

The Sun Belt Conference gets the Tuesday night spotlight in college football betting as the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette and the Mean Green of North Texas meet up at Apogee Stadium (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Can the Cajuns make it six wins in a row in this series? Or can the Green pull an upset as four-point home underdogs, according to the matchup report?

Lafayette opened this season with a 40-0 blanking of FCS Lamar, then picked up a conference road victory, winning at Troy 37-24. The Cajuns then suffering a 65-24 defeat at Oklahoma State, but followed that up with another conference win, 48-20 over FIU.

Lafayette then stepped back out of conference and knocked off Tulane of Conference USA 41-13.

On the season, the Cajuns have outgained opponents, on average, by a 411-402 yards-per-game (YPG) margin, and outrushed foes 190-107.

Lafayette took a hit in its win over Florida International when senior QB Blaine Gautier broke his throwing hand. But since then, transfer Terrance Broadway has more than picked up the slack, completing 24 of 41 throws for 378 yards, with three TD passes and just one pick.

North Texas, meanwhile, opened with a 41-14 loss at LSU, beat Texas Southern (FCS), then lost respectably at Kansas State 35-21. The Green then opened Sun Belt play with a 14-7 home loss to Troy,  then picked up a conference victory, winning at Florida Atlantic 20-14.

NT then stepped back out of conference and lost at Houston 44-21.

For the season, the Mean Green have been outgained by a slight 395-382 YPG margin, and outrushed 177-175. Both these teams had last weekend off.

As of Monday afternoon, most betting shops were listing Louisiana-Lafayette at around -4 for this game, with a total of 57.

The Cajuns have won the last five games in this series. Last year, Lafayette broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to win 30-10.

Free Pick: The Cajuns have held the upper hand in this series recently, but it's time the Green changed that. We'll take North Texas as a home dog. (courtesy of PickShark.com)


All odds, stats and trends mentioned courtesy of OddShark.com. Mike Pickett is a Contributor to Bleacher Report.

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