Statement Game

Louisiana heads to San Marcos in what will be a huge test for the Bobcats. A win, and Texas State could set the tone for the rest of the season.

It's only the second game of Sun Belt play for Texas State, but this game against Louisiana is a huge one. The Bobcats will look to keep pace with Georgia Southern who is now 4-0 in conference and Arkansas State at 2-0.

The Ragin' Cajun have what the Bobcats want, a share or outright possession of the Sun Belt Conference crown. Louisiana has been to three straight bowl games and have the outright respect of fellow brethren and coaches in the conference. Heading into the 2014 season, Louisiana was voted unanimously as the top returning team, and rightfully so.

All 11 Sun Belt coaches voted the Ragin' Cajuns as the pre-season 1st place team. The way they finished 2013, returning all of their starting backfield plus a Freshman All-American in RB Elijah McGuire. QB Terrance Broadway and fellow RB Alonzo Harris were also 1st team members All Conference pre-season. Throw in an offensive line that returned 4 starters and you can see why Louisiana has earned the title of conference favorite.

To date, don't let the 2-3 overall record fool you. The Ragin' Cajun had a grueling three game stretch that included games against Louisiana Tech, now the #3 ranked Mississippi Rebels, and Boise State. Tougher defenses and match-ups that don't quite reflect the potency and ability of an offense that has struggled early on.

At any minute the Louisiana offense can ignite, led by dual threat QB Terrance Broadway. It will be up to the Bobcat defense to elevate their play and do what they can to contain him, and force him into mistakes. On the season, Broadway only has 6 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. Getting pressure on an O-line that doesn't give up sacks, will be key for Defensive Coordinator John Thompson.

Offensively, sophomore QB Tyler Jones will need a better than average performance for the Bobcats to prevail. Texas State counters the two headed running back monster of Louisiana with their own pair of talented backs, Terrence Franks and Robert Lowe, who lead the 16th ranked rushing attack in the nation.

Both teams struggled in their conference openers as they played the role of heavy favorites. Idaho mounted a comeback before Texas State ended their rally with an interception, and the Ragin' Cajun needed a late TD to surpass Georgia State. It all leads up to the build of what should be a great match-up Tuesday night at Bobcat Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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