It’s my favorite article of the week – the Best Worst Game Of The Week. Last week’s matchup ended in a UAB victory over Coastal Carolina, with the final score of 30-23. Congrats to the Blazers, and to the Chanticleers… maybe next time.
Anyways, this week’s action is a thrilling, in-state, interconfertnce bout between two ‘heavyweights’. I’m talking #121 Louisiana Monroe and #107 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Warhawks and the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Louisiana Monroe is 0-2 after losing to Memphis and Southern Mississippi in their first two games. In fact, they could be 0-3, but their game against Florida State was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. In terms of what this team does right… well, they definitely know how to put on their pads, strap their helmets and tie their shoes. That’s something, anyways.
Their offensive numbers (89th in the country) aren’t too pretty, and neither is their total defense (113th). They employ the ole two quarterback system with Garrett White and Caleb Evans. White’s more of a passer, and Evans is more of a runner, but they can both do a little bit of both. Cumulatively, they complete 50% of their passes. Look out for kicker Craig Ford (below), though, who is perfect on their year in extra points (5/5) and field goals (1/1).
But, the Warhawks have revenge on their mind, as they lost last year to Louisiana-Lafayette, 30-3.
The Ragin’ Cajuns narrowly beat Southeastern Louisiana in the first game of the year, then lost to Tulsa and Texas A&M. Interestingly enough, this team can put up points; they average close to 423 yards per game, and are tied for 36th in scoring offense, lead by running back Trey Ragas. But it’s the whole “stop the other team from scoring” part that leads to their demise. Louisiana-Lafayette boasts the 126th ‘best’ defense in Division I FBS.
The key here for me here is whether the Warhawks can force some turnovers; they have three on the year, and this Ragin’ Cajuns team isn’t the best at securing the ball. Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jordan Davis does complete passes at a 61% clip, but he has 4 picks in 3 games.
If they can go get two turnovers, they’ll be able to win this game simply because Louisiana-Lafayette gives up over 50 points per game. I get that number is going to be inflated due to playing two of the better offenses in the country, but they gave up 48 points in their win over Southeastern Louisiana. For this reason, I’m going with the Warhawks.
The game can be streamed on ESPN 3 at 5:00 pm this Saturday. If you’re craving a ride to the great state of Louisiana, you can still get tickets starting at $13.
Cover photo from ESPN 1420.
Other images from GURUPOP, ULM Athletics.