Louisiana Tech versus Louisiana

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (0-1) haven't played Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (1-0) since 2004 in Ruston. As the two rivals hit the field Saturday night, how will the game play out?

It's been 10-years since Louisiana Tech and the Ragin' Cajuns faced each other in a game, with Louisiana falling to the Bulldogs 24-20 in Ruston. While Louisiana Tech has one six straight games in the series and hold the overall advantage in the series 46-33-6, none of that will matter much Saturday night in the Swamp. The Ragin' Cajuns have won three consecutive bowl games under Coach Mark Hudspeth, while Coach Skip Holtz is in his second year of a rebuilding process in Ruston. The Cajuns have gone 15-2 under Hudspeth at Cajun Field and plan to protect the house once again tomorrow night at Cajun Field."

When Louisiana Tech is on offense

There is no doubt that Coach Skip Holtz will try and establish their best offense weapon RB Kenneth Dixon on the ground early in the game. Under Holtz the Tech offense has been much more effective when running the ball first. The Bulldogs return only two starters on the offensive line from last season in Tre Carter and Mitchell Bell. If they can establish Dixon on the ground, look for QB Cody Sokol to get the ball to his best weapon at receiver Sterling Griffin. If Sokol gets protection from his line, he will spread the ball around to his other targets in the passing game. He is not a great runner, so its all about getting the ball off quickly in their scheme.

Louisiana on defense

Look for Coach Hudspeth and Coach Willis to come out focused on keeping Dixon from getting the ground game going for Louisiana Tech. The Cajuns have the advantage of experience and size with the front four of Justin Hamilton, Chris Ringo, Jacoby Briscoe and Dominique Tovell. The Cajuns will gladly give up the underneath stuff to Cody Sokol and keep everything in front of the defensive backfield.

Louisiana on offense

Coach Hudspeth and OC Coach Jay Johnson will also want to establish the run with (Thunder) Alonzo Harris and (Lightening) Elijah McGuire early on as well. The Cajuns will have to make adjustments on the line because Louisiana Tech DC Manny Diaz loves to keep an extra body in the box and aggressively hit the gaps. Look for the Cajuns to get the ball out quickly on the edges to Elijah McGuire, Devin Scott and Jamal Robinson. QB Terrance Broadway doesn't need to put the Cajun's offense on his back and win the game by himself, he just needs to get the ball to his play makers and take what is available.

Louisiana Tech on defense

Louisiana Tech's strength is their secondary athletes in Le'Vander Liggins, Xavier Woods and Kentrell Brice. Look for them to try and take Jamal Robinson out of the game early and force Broadway to throw to his other receivers. The Bulldogs are solid up front, if not spectacular with DE's Houston Bates and Vontarrius Dora off the edges. DT Vernon Butler is also solid up the middle along with LB's Mitch Villemez and Tony Johnson. Diaz will focus on hitting the gaps in different looks at times to slow the run game down. It will be up to the Cajuns to be patient and make them pay when the bring extra stunts in the gaps.

How will the game play out?

Unless either team puts the ball on the turf early, this game will be close and physical during the first half. Key adjustments will have to be made and depth plays in the Ragin' Cajuns favor in the second half as they start to control the lines on both sides of the football. This will be a close game for a while, until the Cajuns pull away in the second half. Our prediction, UL 34, Louisiana Tech 17.

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