1. Tuesday tango: I’ve been waiting all day for ... Tuesday night? This will mark Texas State’s first foray into Tuesday night games and, as the Cajuns learned in 2012, the departure from the norm can get the better of you the first time around. The Cajuns went 0-2 in their first pair of Tuesday night games as they had difficulty overcoming the change in routine. But after going 2-0 last season — with both games on the road — the Cajuns feel like they have a much better knack for playing on Tuesday night.
2. Speed kills: The Cajuns have made changes to their starting defensive personnel to put more speed on the field, moving preseason all-conference linebacker Dominique Tovell to the inside and dropping T.J. Worthy down from safety to fill Tovell’s spot as an outside linebacker. The move, combined with the health of Trae Johnson and the continued development of Darzil Washington, gives the Cajuns their fastest and most athletic group of linebackers to date. Will it help against Texas State’s run-heavy offense?
3. Keep ’em grounded: Speaking of that run-heavy offense, the odds are likely to tip in the Cajuns’ favor if they’re able to find a way to slow Texas State’s rushing attack. The Bobcats piled up nearly 400 yards on the ground last week, albeit against a suspect Idaho defense. The Cajuns’ overall rush defense numbers don’t inspire a ton of confidence, but part of those are inflated by the big plays the Cajuns have allowed. The Cajuns can have all the speed they want on defense, but they have to tackle better to stop the big play.
4. Undefeated: The Cajuns obviously did not get off to the start they wanted to this season, falling in a 1-3 hole by the time the nonconference slate was wrapped up. But it looks like they got a little bit of their swagger back last week in the come-from-behind win against Georgia State, and the atmosphere around the practice facility seems to suggest the team has regained much of the confidence that the tough stretch at the start of the year sapped away. Another win would keep the Cajuns undefeated in Sun Belt play and would keep their confidence high.