After waiting 56-days in between Saturday home games, Louisiana-Lafayette will get to play in front of its fans for a second consecutive week when Georgia Southern comes to town for senior day.
The Eagles enter Saturday’s game coming off their first win of the year, a 52-0 drumming of South Alabama. The lopsided score is an attention-getter, but Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth point outed that while Georgia Southern may be playing better the past few weeks, his team has too.
“We've won our last four out of six games, and so we're playing our best football right now,” Hudspeth said during the Sun Belt's conference call. “This game is the only game on our radar right now, so we want to prepare the best we can for this team and go out and execute well and continuing playing well.”
A win Saturday would not only send the Cajun seniors out on a high note, winning their final game at Cajun Field, but it would also make UL-Lafayette bowl eligible at 6-5 with a trip to Appalachian State to close the regular season. And while many see the Eagles offense as the greatest threat to derailing those bowl plans, coach Hudspeth warned Monday that the Georgia Southern defense is a unit not to sleep on.
Georgia Southern’s defensive line is the Cajuns' biggest concern.
“(The) front four are active and big,” Hudspeth said. “(Darrius) Sapp looks like he’s 330 pounds, so it’s hard to get a lot of movement.”
Last week, Georgia Southern held South Alabama to 195 yards.
UL-Lafayette will have to wait a little while longer to learn what time the season finale at Appalachian State will kick off on Dec. 2. ESPN and the Sun Belt will make a final decision on the time and network at some point Saturday. Troy and Arkansas State will join the Cajuns and Mountaineers in waiting, all other games time were released Monday.
Missouri added to schedule
Louisiana-Lafayette announced the addition of Missouri to the Cajuns 2020 schedule Monday afternoon. The Cajuns will travel to Columbia to take on the Tigers on Nov. 21. The meeting will be the first between the two programs. UL-Lafayette athletic director Bryan Maggard, who was hired in February, came to Lafayette after spending that past 21 years working at Missouri.
With the addition of the Tigers to the schedule, the Cajuns will now play at least one Southeastern Conference opponent through 2020. The last time the Cajuns did not face an SEC foe was in 2011, Hudspeth’s first year as head coach.