The Troy Trojans (8-2) bring college football’s 15th-ranked rushing defense into a matchup with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (5-5), who have the No. 24 rushing attack, on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The Trojans are heavy, 16-point favorites. The total for this matchup has been set at 47.5 points.
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Trojans vs. Ragin’ Cajuns Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
- Time: 3:30 PM ET
- Channel: NFLN
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Troy, Alabama
- Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL)
- The Trojans rank 38th in total offense this year (427.9 yards per game), but they’ve been thriving on the other side of the ball, ranking 14th-best in the FBS with 427.9 yards allowed per game.
- The Trojans rank 56th in points scored this season (29 points per game), but they’ve been shining on defense, ranking eighth-best in the FBS with 15.9 points allowed per game.
- Troy ranks 30th in pass offense (274.1 passing yards per game) and 28th in pass defense (196.2 passing yards allowed per game) this year.
- The Trojans own the 75th-ranked offense this season in terms of rushing yards (153.8 per game), and they’ve been more effective defensively, ranking 15th-best with just 100.8 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Troy ranks 53rd in third-down conversion rate this year (40.7%), but has been playing really well on defense, ranking 11th-best in the FBS with a 28.9% third-down percentage allowed.
- The Trojans have the 66th-ranked turnover margin in college football at even, forcing 11 turnovers (62nd in the FBS) while turning it over 11 times (63rd in the FBS).
Ragin’ Cajuns Insights
- Louisiana is compiling 406.3 total yards per game on offense this season (51st-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 388.7 total yards per game (80th-ranked).
- From an offensive standpoint, Louisiana is putting up 31.1 points per contest (42nd-ranked). It ranks 93rd in the FBS on the other side of the ball (28.6 points surrendered per game).
- In terms of passing, the Ragin’ Cajuns rank 82nd in the FBS (213.4 passing yards per game) and 66th defensively (225.4 passing yards allowed per contest).
- Louisiana’s run defense ranks 94th in the FBS with 163.3 rushing yards allowed per game, but it has been led by its offense, which ranks 24th-best by accumulating 192.9 rushing yards per game.
- The Ragin’ Cajuns are putting up a 40% third-down conversion rate on offense this season (58th-ranked). Meanwhile, they are giving up a 42.3% third-down rate (104th-ranked) on defense.
- Louisiana has a -4 turnover margin this season, which ranks 103rd in the FBS.
- Kimani Vidal has totaled 1,169 rushing yards (fifth in the FBS) with seven touchdowns (116.9 yards per game over 10 games). His 5.5 yards per attempt rank 88th in college football.
- Vidal has zero targets, 16 receptions, 190 receiving yards and one TD through the air.
- Gunnar Watson has 2,647 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions this year. He has completed 61.3% of his passes, averaging 264.7 yards per game and 8.5 per attempt.
- In the passing game, Chris Lewis, has racked up 534 receiving yards and seven touchdowns after hauling in 22 balls on zero targets. Per game, he’s averaging 76.3 yards and 3.1 receptions in seven games.
Ragin’ Cajuns Leaders
- Zeon Chriss is averaging 8 passing yards per attempt (48th in the FBS) and 152.8 yards per game this year, completing 66.7% of his passes on the way to 1,222 total yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions through eight games.
- On the ground, Chriss has added six rushing touchdowns and 492 rushing yards (second on the Ragin’ Cajuns).
- Jacob Kibodi has 651 rushing yards (leading the Ragin’ Cajuns) and six rushing touchdowns, while averaging 65.1 yards per game and 6.1 per attempt (36th in the FBS).
- Kibodi has added six receptions (0.6 per game) for 66 yards (6.6 per game) with one receiving touchdown. He’s been targeted zero times in the passing attack.
- This season, Peter Leblanc has caught 26 passes for 399 receiving yards with four touchdowns in the passing game. He has been targeted zero total times and is averaging 2.9 receptions per game through nine games played.