Cajuns’ flow of sacks ran dry against Appalachian St. _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE – The Ragin’ Cajuns are expected to receive a bid to their fourth straight New Orleans Bowl Wednesday, a source at the school confirmed.

The 8-4 Cajuns finished 7-1 in Sun Belt Conference play, and while they didn’t win the conference they were the Sun Belt’s top bowl-eligible team.

The SBC bowl picture cleared up after Georgia Southern’s appeal was denied. Georgia Southern is in the transition phase between the FCS and FBS levels, and NCAA rules mandate that the program wait a year until it can be bowl eligible.

The Cajuns ended a 41-year bowl drought in 2011, when then first-year coach Mark Hudspeth piloted a team that many had pegged as a bottom feeder to the New Orleans Bowl.

Assuming the Cajuns accept the bid, they will be searching for their fourth consecutive New Orleans Bowl title.

According to an ESPN report, the other SBC bowl bids went to Arkansas State ( and South Alabama (Camellia).

Texas State, who finished 7-5 with a 5-3 record in SBC play, is the lone bowl-eligible SBC team that did not earn a bowl bid. The Bobcats have a better overall record than South Alabama, but the Jaguars won their head-to-head matchup with Texas State 24-20 on November 15.