Texas State put itself in a great position through five weeks.
Entering Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference opener at Louisiana, the Bobcats are 3-1. Texas State just manhandled Wyoming and is confident about its chances in Lafayette, a place many road team don’t play well.
Since Mark Hudspeth took over as head coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns, they’ve downright protected Cajun Field. UL is 11-1 over the last three years at home.
These are matchups the Bobcats must win to have a chance.
1. Texas State, as a team, versus The Swamp
Reason — Name the only team to beat the Ragin’ Cajuns on their home field in the last three years. Give up? It was Arkansas State — and the score wasn’t even close (50-27). There is something about Cajun Field, nicknamed “The Swamp,” that makes it impossible for visitors to play well. If the Bobcats score early and silence UL’s crowd, which might be impossible, they’ll stand a chance. Should the Ragin’ Cajuns get their fans in a frenzy and take an early lead, Texas State won’t last long.
2. Texas State QB Tyler Jones versus Game Film
Reason — Texas State pulled the rug out from under Wyoming when it started true freshman quarterback Tyler Jones instead of Tyler Arndt. Even though the Cowboys had an idea Jones might get some snaps, they didn’t know when or how many. Jones will start Saturday, but now — unlike Wyoming — UL has seen his game film. It’s up to Jones to show the Ragin’ Cajuns something they haven’t seen before and manage the offense like he did against the Cowboys.
3. Texas State K Will Johnson versus The Football
Reason — This game is going to be close. Both teams have something to prove and it could come down to a field goal. Johnson hasn’t been the most accurate of kickers this year (0 for 5), so if the Bobcats need three points to notch its second consecutive win in a conference opener, Johnson better be ready.