Betcha Didn't Know: 2020 Expert Football Fact 7/9
CAJUN STIR FRY: Don’t tell anyone, but UL-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier is on the shortlist of Power 5 teams looking to make a coaching change. A former assistant under Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, he improved the Cajuns immediately and then led the Ragin’ Cajuns to their first 11-win season at the FBS level in 2019. Along with the best recruiting class ever in Sun Belt history, a lofty 10 season-win projection finds them neck-and-neck with defending champion Appalachian State. FYI: The Ragin’ Cajuns are 12-2 SUATS as single-digit dogs versus winning opponents. Forewarned is forewarned. ... Check back daily for more BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW nuggets worth their weight in gold from Marc Lawrence in the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide Magazine.
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Despite the Panthers having home field advantage, the Raiders are currently slight favorites. While that may have some leaning towards the home underdog, the Raiders are favored for a reason. Carolina has a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and a new starting QB. Under normal circurmstances, that might not be such a bad thing. After all, everyone is surely hungry to get the new era started with a win. However, these circumstances aren't normal. Due to the pandemic, the team hasn't had a chance to get together and that is likely to make adjusting to all the new faces/schemes difficult. Consider Oakland.