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7:00 PM EST. The Warhawks are one of the most talked about mid-major teams this week after they orchestrated an upset of their cross-state enemies, UL-Lafayette on the road in the 2017 edition of The Battle of the Bayou. The Warhawks went into Lafayette as a mid-range underdog and pulled off a 56-50 overtime win. Adopting contrarian philosophies is a strategy we employ and that places Monroe in our crosshairs. The Warhawks come into a spot that we savor, as it presents an optimal opportunity to target them. The hunters have now become the hunted, as Monroe is spotting considerable points to visiting Coastal Carolina, a team that has hit a nasty skid as of late.
The Chanticleers crashed the gates when they won their first ever FBS game in Conway on Labor Day weekend when they handled visiting Massachusetts. The Chanticleers were supremely undervalued but won the game decisively by a 38-28 final tally. While the victory does not hold much water in light of the Minutemen’s winless record on the year, the victory continued a surge of CC triumphs that showcased the level this team is capable of playing at. CC was a football team that lost only two games by a combined margin of two points in 2016 at the FCS level against two opponents ranked in the top-10. CC had extended their winning streak to eight games before embarking upon the two-game funk they are riding now. With a loss at UAB and a nasty spat against WIU where they fell 52-10, the mystique of the Chanticleers has swiftly evaporated. They can re-conjure it against the trendy Warhawks.
While the victory against Lafayette is one that is landmark for Monroe and a public service announcement to the masses it is worth highlighting the fact that the Warhawks held as much as a 16-point lead in the affair. Furthermore, the Warhawks also held a 14-point lead on two additional occasions late in the second half. One of those instances occurred with seven minutes remaining in the contest. Despite Lafayette owning the worst defense in the FBS, the Ragin Cajuns were able to never let the game get out of control and managed to send the affair to overtime on a late rally when they scored in the final moments of regulation. Two overtimes were required for Monroe to pull off the upset. Essentially, the Warhawks had to throw the kitchen sink at Lafayette to get rid of them and even then, they had to sweat out the match until the Cajuns ran out of gas. After such a hard-fought victory, Monroe could easily get snared against a Coastal Carolina team looking to end their woes. While UL Monroe basks in the glory of such a relevant win against such a hated rival, the Chanticleers can come in here and not only cover but pull off the upset. This is the first Sun Belt game for CC so they can easily forget about what happened in the past two weeks and focus on raising havoc in this conference be that they don’t get a bowl game this season due to transitional requirements. With a Monroe team sitting in a position it is not accustomed to being in, (the favorite, let alone a significant favorite), chances are it is not equipped to spot this amount of points.
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#165 Coastal Carolina +7½ -110 (Risking 2.2 units - To Win: 2.00)