Five Keys to Beating Texas State – From the Bird’s Nest
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns are back in action after a sixteen day layoff as they host the Texas State Bobcats for Homecoming Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is at 4:00 pm. The Cajuns lead the all time series against the Bobcats, who are 2-5 on the season with a win over Georgia State. The Cajuns have won all six meetings between the two teams.
If the Cajuns are going to make it seven in a row, here's what to look for.
BE FOCUSED--The Cajuns have done an excellent job this season focusing on the task at hand. Although the Cajuns are a big favorite, they need to act and play like the game is a tossup. One play at a time.
DON'T GIVE IT AWAY--Texas State has a good defense and one thing they've been able to do this season is force turnovers. They've got seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries on the season. It's doubtful the Bobcats can beat the Cajuns if the Cajuns don't turn the football over.
NO BIGGIES--Louisiana has done a good job overall not giving up big plays. That's a big deal this week. Texas State's offense has had issues at times this season. Louisiana needs to make Texas State sustain drives in order to get scores. The Bobcats are just 35 percent on third down this season. Force as many third downs as possible.
GO AHEAD AND MIX THINGS UP--While the Cajuns' run game is their bread and butter, a solid Texas State defenses will be looking to slow down that part of the game. Some early success by Levi Lewis in the passing game can loosen things up and get that ground attack churning.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE KICKING GAME--The Cajuns have an advantage here. Opponents average 23 yards per kick return and eight yards per punt return. There will be some opportunities here. And, the Cajuns should be able to put some pressure on the kickers, which could lead to a big flip in field position.