Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. The 2015 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns have one of the best all-around offensive threats in the Sun Belt Conference. Louisiana Head Coach Mark Hudspeth is entering his fifth season in Lafayette, Louisiana. Hudspeth has a 36-16 record in his four-year tenure and four straight Bowl appearances. The program has been the most consistent of all Sun Belt Conference Football programs. The Ragin’ Cajuns lost one Conference game last season, a 35-16 home defeat to Appalachian State. Hudspeth looks to bring another nine-win season to the institute in 2015. It may not be that easy as he must replace a three-year starter at quarterback. 31,000 Cajun Field in Lafayette is home for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The 2015 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns lost Terrance Broadway, and there is going to be a three-way competition going into fall camp. Junior Brooks Haack completed 20 of 23 passes in backup duty last season. Junior Jalen Nixon and Freshman Jordan Davis emerged in the spring has made thing tight. The rushing attack is intact with the return of Junior Elijah McGuire, 1,264 yards on the ground and led the team with 16 touchdowns. McGuire led the Conference with 1,848 all-purpose yards. Wide Reciever Al Riles caught 34 passes for 354 yards last season returns. Jamal Robinson also returns after missing most of last season with an injury; Robinson was second-team All-Sun Belt in 2013. Three Starters return on the offensive line, including All-Sun Belt Mykheal Quave. Louisiana was 7-5-1 on College Football Picks last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total seven times.
*Louisiana went 4-3 ATS at home last season.
*The Ragin’ Cajuns went 3-2-1 Against The Spread away from home last season.
*The betting odds over total came in three times in Lafayette.
*Louisiana went over the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The betting odds under the total also came in three on the road.
*The Ragin’ Cajun offense was 56th in the FBS in total offense, 417.4 yards per contest.
*Louisiana averaged 191.5 throwing the football, 100th in College Football.
*The offense put up 29.5 ppg, 61st in the nation.
*The the ground game averaged 225.9 yards per game, 24th in the country.
The Ragin’ Cajun defense only returns four starters. Gone from the front four are two first team All-Sun Belt performers from a year ago. Jacoby Briscoe has experience but played in only seven games last season due to an ankle injury. Arkansas transfer Otha Peters will lead the crew of linebackers. Dominique Tovell and Tre’ maine Lightfoot make this an awesome group. Two return in the secondary, both safeties Tracy Walker and Travis Crawford should help the young cornerbacks.
*the defense gave up 405.8 yards per game last season, 74th nationally.
*the pass defense allowed 263.6 yards per contest, 108th in the FBS.
*the rush defense allowed 142.2 yards per game on the ground, 35th in College Football.
*The 26.0 ppg given up by the defense was 57th in the NCAA.
*Louisiana has a favorable non-conference schedule. The Ragin’ Cajuns open the season at Kentucky on September 5th and will travel to Louisiana Tech in October.
*The Ragin’ Cajuns avoid Georgia Southern for the second consecutive season.
Bovada lists Louisiana at over/under eight wins in 2015.