College football‘s midweek schedule returns on Wednesday night, as Louisiana hosts Coastal Carolina in an intriguing Sun Belt matchup. With both teams off to 3-0 starts and already picking up big wins within conference play, this showcase on Wednesday will be an important matchup for positioning within the conference and an opportunity to showcase two programs on the rise on the national stage.
Coastal Carolina opened its season by beating Kansas for the second year in a row and followed that victory with wins over Campbell (43-21) and Arkansas State (52-23). This program has never finished with more than five victories since joining the FBS ranks in 2017. However, head coach Jamey Chadwell’s group appears poised to easily exceed that goal this season, as the team is likely to be favored in most of its games the rest of the way. Wednesday night’s clash against Louisiana is a good measuring stick for Coastal Carolina after this program lost to the Ragin’ Cajuns 48-7 in 2019. So far, the Chanticleers appear to be much-improved from last season. Wednesday night’s game will provide better insight.
Louisiana is coming off the program’s best season, after head coach Billy Napier guided the team to an 11-3 finish in 2019. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won back-to-back Sun Belt West Division titles and are 14-4 in conference play over the last three years. The biggest remaining hurdle for Napier is pretty simple: Beat Appalachian State and win the Sun Belt. The 2020 version of Napier’s program seems on pace to do so, as Louisiana opened the year with a road win at Iowa State and knocked off Georgia State and Georgia Southern to start Sun Belt play. At 3-0 and with a win over one of the favorites to win the Big 12, Napier has the Ragin’ Cajuns squarely in the mix to rank as one of the top Group of 5 teams in 2020.
This will be the third meeting between Coastal Carolina and Louisiana. The Chanticleers won in 2018 (30-28), while the Ragin’ Cajuns won 48-7 last fall.
How to watch Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina football game
Coastal Carolina @ No. 23 Louisiana
Current Records: Coastal Carolina 3-0; Louisiana 3-0
What to Know
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. Louisiana and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will face off in a Sun Belt battle at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Cajun Field. Each of these teams will be battling to keep alive their perfect three-game season.
Two weeks ago, the Ragin’ Cajuns narrowly escaped with a win as the team sidled past the Georgia Southern Eagles 20-18. The overall outcome was to be expected, but Georgia Southern made it more of a game than the oddsmakers had predicted. No one had a standout game offensively for Louisiana, but they got scores from RB Trey Ragas and WR Errol Rogers Jr..
Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina took their matchup against the Arkansas State Red Wolves last week by a conclusive 52-23 score. That 29-point margin sets a new team best for Coastal Carolina on the season. Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall was slinging it as he passed for four TDs and 322 yards on 29 attempts in addition to picking up 44 yards on the ground. McCall’s 72-yard touchdown toss to TE Isaiah Likely in the first quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the day.
The wins brought the Ragin’ Cajuns up to 3-0 and the Chanticleers to 3-0. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Louisiana ranks 14th in the nation when it comes to passing touchdowns allowed, with only two on the season. As for Coastal Carolina, they come into the contest boasting the third most sacks in the nation at 13.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Cajun Field — Lafayette, Louisiana
- TV: ESPN (Live)
- Online streaming: Watch Live
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Louisiana and Coastal Carolina both have one win in their last two games.
- Nov 07, 2019 – Louisiana 48 vs. Coastal Carolina 7
- Sep 22, 2018 – Coastal Carolina 30 vs. Louisiana 28
Louisiana has lived on the edge with close victories after beating Iowa State in its season opener. And with the national spotlight available on Wednesday, a good showing by Napier’s team certainly wouldn’t hurt when it comes to poll placement for next week. On the other sideline, Coastal Carolina is off to a fast start and clearly seems to be improved under Chadwell. However, just how much has this team closed the gap to Louisiana? An x-factor to watch will be what happens on third down. The Chanticleers excel at converting them, while the Ragin’ Cajuns are near the Sun Belt in stops. Additionally, both teams enter Wednesday’s game with a plus-three turnover margin. McCall and Coastal Carolina’s offense will make this interesting, but Louisiana is still the better team, as Lewis makes enough plays in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Watch Live
Prediction: Louisiana 34, Coastal Carolina 27