1st Quarter Report
Louisiana is on the board, but we're still waiting on Troy to respond. Sitting on a score of 7-0, Louisiana has looked like the better team, but there's still three more quarters to play.
Louisiana came into the contest with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns @ Troy Trojans
Current Records: Louisiana 5-5, Troy 8-2
How To Watch
- When: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium -- Troy, Alabama
- TV: NFL Network
- Follow: CBS Sports App
What to Know
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Troy Trojans are set to square off in a Sun Belt West battle at 3:30 p.m. ET on November 18th at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Coming off a loss in a game Louisiana was expected to win, they now face the more daunting task of proving themselves against unfavorable odds.
Last Thursday, things were looking good for Louisiana after they put the first points on the board, but unfortunately for them things went downhill from there. They fell just short of Southern Miss by a score of 34-31. Louisiana has not had much luck with Southern Miss recently, as the team's come up short the last two times they've met.
Despite their defeat, Louisiana saw several players rise to the challenge and make noteworthy plays. Chandler Fields, who threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, was perhaps the best of all. Dre'lyn Washington was another key contributor, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Troy came tearing into Saturday's contest with seven straight wins (a stretch where they outscored their opponents by an average of 18.8 points) and they left with even more momentum. They put a hurting on UL Monroe on the road to the tune of 45-14. Considering Troy has won three matches by more than 20 points this season, Saturday's blowout was nothing new.
Gunnar Watson was the offensive standout of the contest as he threw for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Watson hasn't dropped below three passing touchdowns for three straight games.
On the other side of the ball, a lot of the credit has to go to Troy's defense and their nine sacks. The heavy lifting was done by Javon Solomon and Richard Jibunor who racked up 7.5 sacks between them.
Louisiana has not been sharp recently, as they've lost three of their last four contests, which put a noticeable dent in their 5-5 record this season. As for Troy, their victory was their fourth straight on the road, which pushed their record up to 8-2.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Troy is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 16 points. They might be worth a quick bet since they've covered the spread the last six times they've played.
Louisiana came up short against Troy in their previous matchup back in November of 2022, falling 23-17. A big factor in that loss was the dominant performance of Troy's Kimani Vidal, who rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown. Now that Louisiana knows the damage he can cause, will they be able to stop him this time? There's only one way to find out.
Troy is a big 16-point favorite against Louisiana, according to the latest college football odds.
The over/under is set at 47.5 points.
Troy has won 3 out of their last 5 games against Louisiana.
- Nov 05, 2022 - Troy 23 vs. Louisiana 17
- Nov 13, 2021 - Louisiana 35 vs. Troy 21
- Nov 23, 2019 - Louisiana 53 vs. Troy 3
- Nov 03, 2018 - Troy 26 vs. Louisiana 16
- Dec 05, 2015 - Troy 41 vs. Louisiana 17