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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 Sun Belt Conference released the 2015 conference schedule Friday morning, meaning the Ragin’ Cajuns now know the when, where and who of their entire 2015 slate.

The Cajuns will open and close conference play at home against Texas State on October 10, and December 5 against Troy.

The Cajuns four conference road games will come at Arkansas State (on a Tuesday), at South Alabama (on a Thursday), at Georgia State and at Appalachian State. The four home games will come against Texas State, ULM, New Mexico State and Troy.

"It's a very attractive schedule; the one thing I like about it is that we will play all six games at Cajun Field on Saturday for the first time since 2011," said coach Mark Hudspeth in a news release. "We have had such great support at Cajun Field on Saturdays, and that has helped create a great home field advantage.”

Thanks to the Sun Belt’s willingness to play midweek games, the Cajuns will be faced with one particularly daunting stretch of the schedule, when they play two road games in a span of five days.

The Cajuns will hit the road to play Georgia State on Nov. 7 in the Georgia Dome, then take on South Alabama in Mobile five days later, on Nov. 12.

The Cajuns non-conference schedule has been set for a while, but it includes Kentucky, Akron and in-state opponents Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech.

"Having two of our most common opponents in school history (Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State) on the schedule will generate a lot of excitement for our fans, and we look forward to their support both at Cajun Field and on the road,” said Athletic Director Scott Farmer in a news release. “Our game against Kentucky will provide us the chance to compete right away against a quality football team from one of the top conferences in the nation, and there is great balance in the schedule in that we will play consecutive road games once this season.”

The Cajuns play two midweek games this season, both of which will be televised on ESPN platforms.

"We're honored that ESPN would choose us, once again, to play on two non-traditional nights,” Hudspeth said. “Those games will continue to give us great exposure and without losing a weekend game at Cajun Field."


Sept. 5 - at Kentucky


Sept. 26 - AKRON

Oct. 3 - at Louisiana Tech

Oct. 10 - TEXAS STATE *

Oct. 20 - at Arkansas State * (Tues.; ESPN2)

Oct. 31 - ULM *

Nov. 7 - at Georgia State *

Nov. 12 - at South Alabama * (Thurs.; ESPNU)


Nov. 28 - at Appalachian State *

Dec. 5 - TROY *