1. Welcome back
For the first time in three terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad weeks, the Cajuns will benefit from the services of senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson, who is making his return from a torn meniscus in his left knee suffered in the second quarter against Louisiana Tech. The Cajuns offense has sorely missed Robinson’s big-play skills on the perimeter. He’s still working himself back into shape, but even the threat of Robinson should open things up for an offense that has been suffocated in three straight losses.
2. Fresh legs, fresh outlook
The extra week to prepare for the Sun Belt Conference opener could be exactly what the Cajuns needed to turn their season around. Surrounded by high expectations, they came into 2014 with an inflated view of what they were and got away from the basics that made them a formidable football team. The Cajuns have had two weeks since their last game to get their body, mind and soul in order. Saturday will be as good an indicator as any if the Cajuns will be able to bust out of this slump they’re in.
3. Home sweet home
During coach Mark Hudspeth’s tenure, the Cajuns are 15-3 at home and 14-12 on the road. The Cajuns are playing on their home turf for the first time since Louisiana Tech stunned them on a damp night in early September four weeks ago, and after Saturday’s game, they won’t return to Cajun Field for another 17 days. They could use a little home-field magic to slow down what has so far been a potent Georgia State passing attack, which comes into the game pacing the Sun Belt at a clip of 328 yards per game.
4. Shootout imminent
The Cajun Field scoreboard operators might want to make sure all the little lights are twinkling, because this one has a good chance of being a high-scoring affair. The weather should be perfect and both offenses should have their full arsenal at their respective disposals. And the defenses? Well, they’re optional. Statistically, the Cajuns and the Panthers come into the game with two of the worst defenses in college football, ranking outside the top two-thirds in every major FBS defensive category.