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2021 Sun Belt Championship Game odds: Louisiana vs. Appalachian State picks, predictions from proven model

No. 20 Louisiana has lost one game this season and it will participate in the 2021 Sun Belt Championship Game this weekend. The Ragin’ Cajuns will host Appalachian State at Cajun Field on Saturday. The Mountaineers fell short in their first meeting with the Sun Belt’s top team but could redeem themselves in their return trip to Lafayette, La. Louisiana head coach Billy Napier has accepted the Florida job, but he will coach the Ragin’ Cajuns in this game. 

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. The Mountaineers are three-point favorites in the latest Louisiana vs. Appalachian State odds. The over-under for total points is set at 53. Before making any Appalachian State vs. Louisiana picks or predictions, you need to see what the red-hot SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Championship Week 2021 on a 42-28 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Appalachian State vs. Louisiana and locked in its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the CFB odds and betting trends for Louisiana vs. Appalachian State:

  • Appalachian State vs. Louisiana spread: Appalachian State -3 
  • Appalachian State vs. Louisiana over-under: 53 points 
  • Appalachian State vs. Louisiana money line: Mountaineers -140, Ragin’ Cajuns +120 
  • APP: The total has gone under in five of the Mountaineers’ previous six games against the Ragin’ Cajuns 
  • UL: The Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-0 straight up in their last five home games

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Why Appalachian State can cover

The Mountaineers have been one of the FBS’s best teams against the spread this year. They’ve covered in eight of their 12 games, and only five programs can top that mark. Appalachian State’s sturdy defense and potent offense have helped them secure a 4-1 record ATS on the road. Bouncing back on the defensive end could help the visitors bounce back from their latest loss to Louisiana. 

Appalachian State has held opposing teams to 10 points or less in four games. The Mountaineers’ run defense gives up 113.1 yards per game, while their pass defense allows 206.3 yards per contest. The favorites have rattled off five consecutive double-digit wins, and their well-rounded mix of passing and rushing helped them amass 35.8 points per game. Quarterback Chase Brice and company have the firepower to keep up with a Ragin’ Cajuns team that’s 5-7 ATS overall.

Why Louisiana can cover

The Ragin’ Cajuns haven’t lost since they fell to Texas in their season opener. They lost that road matchup but have been exceptional at home. Louisiana is a perfect 6-0 at home and has already pulled off a convincing win over the Mountaineers. The Ragin’ Cajuns are just as balanced as Appalachian State on both sides of the ball.

The Ragin’ Cajuns give up 18.5 points per game and held the Mountaineers to a season-low 13 points during the regular season. They only allow 203.6 passing yards per game and held Brice to 135 passing yards with two interceptions. Louisiana’s offense has tallied 31.2 points per game. This year it has  generated 29 team rushing touchdowns and racked up 245 yards with five touchdowns in its first matchup with Appalachian State. The Mountaineers could be in for another big loss if the home team controls the pace with a consistent ground attack again.

How to make Appalachian State vs. Louisiana picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the point total, projecting 47 combined points. It also has generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s Sun Belt Championship Game picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Appalachian State vs. Louisiana? And which side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.

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