Sep 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis (1) runs with the ball against the Georgia State Panthers during the first half at Center parc Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

No. 25 Louisiana looks to finish strong vs. Appalachian St.

It still qualifies as a showdown, but there won’t be as much on the line in this December game when Louisiana visits Appalachian State for Friday night’s Sun Belt Conference game.

That’s because it’s a regular-season game in Boone, N.C. In this case, No. 25 Louisiana already has secured a spot in the conference championship game.

The Ragin’ Cajuns (8-1, 6-1 Sun Belt) still have work to do as their stock rises, appearing in this week’s College Football Playoff standings.

Appalachian State (7-2, 5-1), which will be in its second-to-last regular-season game, still has plenty at stake as it attempts to bolster its bowl stock. This will be the first Top 25 opponent to visit the Mountaineers.

Louisiana is fresh off Saturday’s 70-20 pounding of Louisiana-Monroe, improving to 5-0 in road games.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are trying to avoid distractions, particularly with coach Billy Napier’s name surfacing as a potential candidate for higher-profile jobs.

“You know I’m not going to comment on those things,” Napier said. “For us to be where we’re at and have success and be recognized and be in those conversations, I think, if anything, it’s humbling. That’s what I think about it.”

Napier had been in insolation after a positive coronavirus test before rejoining the team shortly before last weekend’s game.

Louisiana quarterback Levi Lewis has thrown for 16 touchdowns and rushed for five touchdowns this year. Running backs Elijah Mitchell (40 career rushing touchdowns) and Trey Ragas (35 career rushing touchdowns) give the offense balance.

“They’re very similar to the past with more playmakers,” Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark said.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are limiting opponents to 175.2 passing yards per game.

Appalachian State might have a counterattack for that kind of defense. Senior receiver Malik Williams is coming off a 113-yard game for his first time above 100 receiving yards in his career.

“He’s so productive,” Clark said. “All he does is catch and get open and make plays. I was really dumbfounded that he never had that much yardage in a game.”

This is the third year in a row that Louisiana makes a December trip to Appalachian State. The Mountaineers won home games in the past two such matchups that came in Sun Belt Conference title games, including 45-38 last year.

This regular-season game was pushed back from earlier in the season because of coronavirus issues.

Appalachian State seemed to recover in fine fashion after losing to Coastal Carolina, but the loss meant it won’t have a chance to defend its title.

The Mountaineers thumped visiting Troy 47-10 last week, with senior quarterback Zac Thomas matching his career high with four touchdown passes.

“When people counted us out, we came right back for the fight,” Clark said. “It’s good to be back on the winning side of things.”

With the short turnaround, the Mountaineers benefited from using starters for only about three quarters in the Troy game.

Snow covered Kidd Brewer Stadium earlier this week, so the conditions could be a factor. Due to state pandemic-related restrictions, attendance will be limited to 2,170.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Florida State +8.5 -107

Florida -8.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Wake Forest (21) -6 -107

Boston College +6 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Georgia (1) -34.5 -107

Georgia Tech +34.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Miami-OH +1.5 -110

Kent State -1.5 -110

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Akron +27.5 -110

Toledo -27.5 -110

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Army +3 -107

Liberty -3 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Houston (19) -32.5 -107

UCONN +32.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Texas Tech +15 -110

Baylor (9) -15 -110

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Navy -13 -107

Temple +13 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Ohio State (2) -6 -110

Michigan (6) +6 -110

@

Nov 27th, 12:00 PM

Maryland -1.5 -107

Rutgers +1.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 12:30 PM

Miami-FL -20.5 -107

Duke +20.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 1:00 PM

LA Tech -3.5 -110

Rice +3.5 -110

@

Nov 27th, 2:00 PM

Troy +6 -110

Georgia State -6 -110

@

Nov 27th, 2:00 PM

UTSA (15) -13 -110

North Texas +13 -110

@

Nov 27th, 2:00 PM

Texas State +2.5 -107

Arkansas State -2.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 2:00 PM

Charlotte +10 -107

Old Dominion -10 -107

@

Nov 27th, 2:30 PM

Georgia Southern +24 -107

Appalachian State -24 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:00 PM

Florida International (FIU) +10 -107

Southern Miss -10 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:00 PM

Hawaii +10.5 -107

Wyoming -10.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:00 PM

Massachusetts +6 -107

New Mexico State -6 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:30 PM

Oregon State +12.5 -107

Oregon (11) -12.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:30 PM

Alabama (3) -17.5 -107

Auburn +17.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:30 PM

WKU +1 -107

Marshall -1 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:30 PM

Northwestern +6 -110

Illinois -6 -110

@

Nov 27th, 3:30 PM

Penn State -1 -107

Michigan State (12) +1 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:30 PM

Indiana +15 -107

Purdue -15 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:45 PM

Vanderbilt +30.5 -107

Tennessee -30.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 3:45 PM

Virginia Tech +7 -107

Virginia -7 -107

@

Nov 27th, 4:00 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +21.5 -107

Louisiana-Lafayette (23) -21.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 4:00 PM

Arizona +20 -107

Arizona State -20 -107

@

Nov 27th, 4:00 PM

Tulsa +7 +103

SMU -7 +103

@

Nov 27th, 4:00 PM

Wisconsin (18) -6.5 -110

Minnesota +6.5 -110

@

Nov 27th, 7:00 PM

Middle Tennessee +3.5 +103

Florida Atlantic -3.5 +103

@

Nov 27th, 7:00 PM

Texas A&M (14) -6 -107

LSU +6 -107

@

Nov 27th, 7:00 PM

West Virginia -16.5 -107

Kansas +16.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 7:30 PM

Clemson -11.5 -107

South Carolina +11.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 7:30 PM

Oklahoma (10) +1 -107

Oklahoma State (7) -1 -107

@

Nov 27th, 7:30 PM

Kentucky +1 -107

Louisville -1 -107

@

Nov 27th, 7:30 PM

Tulane +6 -107

Memphis -6 -107

@

Nov 27th, 7:30 PM

Pittsburgh (20) -11 -107

Syracuse +11 -107

@

Nov 27th, 8:00 PM

Notre Dame (5) -17 -107

Stanford +17 -107

@

Nov 27th, 9:00 PM

Nevada -6.5 -107

Colorado State +6.5 -107

@

Nov 27th, 10:30 PM

BYU (13) -7 -107

USC +7 -107

@

Nov 27th, 10:30 PM

California +7.5 -102

UCLA -7.5 -102

@

Dec 4th, 3:00 PM

Utah State

San Diego State (22)

@

Dec 4th, 3:30 PM

Appalachian State -2 -107

Louisiana-Lafayette (23) +2 -107

@

Dec 4th, 4:00 PM

Georgia (1) -4 -107

Alabama (3) +4 -107

@

Dec 4th, 4:00 PM

Houston (19)

Cincinnati (4)

@

Dec 4th, 11:00 PM

USC -1.5 -110

California +1.5 -110

@