It has been proven many times that in college football, a school doesn’t have to be big or a “football factory” to be successful. The latest institute of higher learning to prove this point is Louisiana-Lafayette University.
The Ragin’ Cajuns, as they are known to their very loyal fans, enjoyed a banner season in 2014. This team produced a Won-Loss record of 9-4. The Ragin’ Cajuns were a member of the Sun Belt Conference last year and did extremely well in Conference play. In fact, the squad’s record against Conference foes was a commendable 7-1.
Mark Hudspeth, the team’s fifth year Head Coach, took his successful team to the New Orleans Bowl where it topped the University of Nevada by a score of 16-3.
The future looked promising for this small school football team as the 2015 Season got underway two weeks ago. The Ragin’ Cajuns traveled to Kentucky on Saturday, September 5th and played effectively. Nevertheless, the visitors were beaten in a close and entertaining game by a score of 40-33.
Last Saturday, September 12th, the Ragin’ Cajuns played their first home game on this year’s schedule against Northwestern State University and won by a final score of 44-17.
The team’s remaining schedule includes five more home games beginning on Saturday, September 26th against a squad representing the University of Akron. The Ragin’ Cajuns will also host Texas State University on October 10th, the University of Louisiana-Monroe on October 31st, New Mexico State University on November 21st and Troy University on December 5th.
These games are winnable for a squad as talented as the one fielded by the Ragin’ Cajuns. Of course, games are not won on reputation, but on performance on the gridiron. If Louisiana Lafayette University plays to its capabilities, it should be able to produce a winning record at home.
The same may turn out to be true for the games this team plays away from home. The Ragin” Cajuns will visit Louisiana Tech University on October 3rd, compete against Arkansas State University on October 20th, do battle with Georgia State University on November 7th, South Alabama University on November 12th and Appalachian State University on November 28th.
It is a “small school schedule” created for a team that plays for a small school. And, as noted earlier, Louisiana-Lafayette University, while small by big college standards, “plays big.” This school’s football team knows how to win.
As a result, there is every reason to believe that the Ragin” Cajuns will roll over some if its competition en route to another very good season.
It seems likely at this early stage in the 2015 Season, that this “deep south” squad will earn an invitation to a bowl game this year, probably a very good one.
Courtesy of Kentuckysportsradio.com