Mark Hudspeth says Cajuns would ‘be excited’ about landing a bowl bid, if given the opportunity at 5-7 _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive back Travis Crawford runs with the ball after recovering a fumble while Appalachian State wide receiver Simms McElfresh tries to bring him down during their game Nov. 28 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s 2016 football schedule has nearly been finalized, as the Sun Belt Conference released the conference opponents for each team Friday afternoon.

The only thing that remains unclear for the Cajuns is when they will play those opponents.

The two new opponents on the schedule this year are Idaho and Georgia Southern, who replace Georgia State and Troy in the Cajuns’ rotation.

This marks the first time in program history the Cajuns will get to play Georgia Southern, which has made some waves by going 14-2 against SBC opponents since it moved up from the SBC level for the 2014 season.

The Eagles prevented the Cajuns from having a shot at a share of the SBC title in that 2014 season when they went 8-0 in league play, leaving the Cajuns to swallow a second-place finish following a November loss to fellow newcomer Appalachian State.

The Cajuns will face Georgia Southern on the road this season. Their other road trips will come against ULM, New Mexico State and Texas State.

They will host Idaho, South Alabama, Appalachian State and reigning SBC champion Arkansas State this season.

The Cajuns also have nonconference home games against Boise State and McNeese State, and nonconference road games against Tulane and Georgia. In a changeup from the last two years, the Cajuns do not play four straight nonconference games before starting Sun Belt play.

2016 opponents

Home: Boise State, McNeese State, Idaho, South Alabama, Appalachian State, Arkansas State

Road: at Tulane, at Georgia, Georgia Southern, ULM, New Mexico State, Texas State

Williams to play in all-star game

To coach Mark Hudspeth’s knowledge, graduated guard Donovan Williams is the only former Cajun to be playing in a postseason all-star game.

Williams is playing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 23 at California State University-Dominguez Hills. Williams will wear No. 67 for the National team, which is coached by former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz.