Game Preview: ULL

Texas State will welcome Louisiana Lafayette to Bobcat Stadium Tuesday night, for a nationally televised game on ESPN2. BI has the breakdown of what to expect from the Ragin' Cajuns.

Louisiana Lafayette came into the 2014 season as the unanimous favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference, returning 19 starters from last years SBC championship team. The Ragin' Cajuns have not had the most ideal start to their season (2-3), but don't expect any thing short of a tough game from ULL as they are still considered a 10.5 point favorite.

So far this season ULL has played some tough opponents, including what some consider to be the best team in the FBS, Ole' Miss, a very talented Boise State Team, and another solid Louisiana Tech team. When assessing the overall stats its hard to get a gauge on how the Ragin' Cajuns are doing this season. However we can take the small sample of what they were able to do against their first conference opponent last week, Georgia State.

Georgia State came into the game 1-3, and was not expected to compete very well with ULL. The panthers gave them a tough game that went all the way down to the wire before QB Terrance Broadway threw a game winning TD pass with just over three minutes to go for the final score of the game, 34-31.

OFFENSE for ULL

As a team the Ragin' Cajuns are averaging a very solid 176 yards on the ground, as well as 214 yards through the air, adding up to nearly 25 points a game. The ULL offense has only been stopped 2 times all year in the red zone, scoring on 17 of 19 trips this season, while reaching the end zone on 13 of those 17. The Ragin' Cajuns have struggled turning the ball over, and are averaging two a game for a total of 10 on the season.

QB Terrence Broadway is a dual threat quarterback, who plays pass first, but definitely will make you pay with some very nice speed if the opportunity presents itself. The ULL signal caller, is averaging 178 yards per game though the air, 46 yards on the ground, and is completing 58 percent of his passes. He's thrown 6 touchdowns, but has 7 interceptions as well. He has a quick release and likes to get the ball out and let his speedy weapons go to work.

The two headed beast at running back, Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris split time in the backfield. McGuire (5'11 198-pounds) is a little more of the speed back, and is used both in the backfield and in the slot coming in motion and running sweeps for ULL. He leads the team in both rushing yards (331) and receptions (18). Harris (6'1 238-pounds) is the straight ahead, power runner that gets the majority of the carries, especially in short yardage situations. McGuire is battling through turf toe, however is expected to play on Tuesday. /p>

WR Jamal Robinson is Broadway's favorite target on the outside and in just three games this season has fifteen receptions, leads the team in receiving yards (260), and TD's (4). Robinson's frame (6'4 205-pounds) and speed on the outside make him a dangerous weapon for Broadway in both the red zone and the open field.

DEFENSE for ULL

The defense has had trouble this season, with so many players lost to either injury or suspension. The D-line is the strongest aspect as they have a lot of size, and are able to control most anything coming up the gut. Speed is the biggest issue for the Ragin' Cajuns as they have trouble containing people in space after they get to the second level. ULL is giving up 35 points per game, with 185 yards on the ground and 272 YPG through the air.

ULL plays both a 4-3 and a 3-4, as they play to whatever suits the match-up best. With so many missing pieces ULL is really struggling, especially in the secondary where two of the teams three leading tacklers line up.

Keys to Victory

Offensively the Bobcats must protect the ball, and use their speed to abuse the depleted ULL defense. Expect to see RB Terrence Franks (Sr.) split carries evenly with Rob Lowe (Jr.) as they will look to use their quickness as an advantage and ride their momentum from last week. Also look for the Bobcats to look to get utility back, C.J. Best involved in some creative plays, and use his speed and ability in the open field. As long as Texas State is able to stay away from the DT's of ULL, expect to see the Bobcats offense move the ball and put up some good numbers.

Defensively the Bobcats have a tough task ahead of them as they have struggled against the run in previous weeks. It is up to the secondary of the Bobcats to be able to handle one on one match-ups and limit big plays as the rest of the defense will do their best to stop the ground game. If Texas State can win the turnover battle, and limit big plays, then they have a good chance to overcome the 10.5 point spread and come out with a victory.

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