Ohio Bobcats (0-2) @ Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (1-1) – Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
Friday 17th September 1am (UK)
Louisiana 20 point favourites at time of writing
The Ohio Bobcats are on the road for the first time this season after opening up their season with a pair of home games, and after a pair of losses in those games this game against a good Louisiana team looks like another tough one.
Opening up against Power-5 Syracuse was always going to be hard for a programme like this which represents a school more known for basketball rather than football.
However the Bobcats won’t have expected a loss to FCS Duquesne last week – This was a pretty big shock and that game was supposed to be their gimme game in an opening four with included Syracuse, this game against Louisiana and then Northwestern, before they roll into the MAC schedule from October.
My one-to-watch for Ohio is running back, De’Montre Tuggle. Tuggle was their leading rusher last year averaging 7.6 yards per carry and scored 6 times and he also returns kicks too, as seen below with this return TD against Central Michigan last season.
When it comes to Louisiana, one player I always look out for is QB, Levi Lewis. Lewis is one of my favourite players to watch in the whole of college football – He’s a left-handed, pint-sized passer who probably won’t play in the NFL due to his size but he has the mobility and snap in his passes to give any defense at the G5 level something to think about on gameday.
Louisiana will spread it out on offense and use a lot of RPO and zone-read plays, as well as designed rolls and misdirection in order to maximise space and utilise Lewis’ skillset and athleticism. Lewis lacks true zip on his throws but he can throw with touch, and he has a way of looking after the football too (57 touchdowns to 14 INTs). To me this is a quintessential, modern-day, college football offense which is really fun to watch with a QB who is willing to run around and try to make things happen on almost every play. I think the game against Coastal Carolina last year encapsulates everything Levi Lewis is about.
On defense, outside linebacker Chauncey Manac has had a nice start to the season with a sack and a half through two games and watch out for the UL-L safeties, Percy Butler and Bralen Trahan – These two are a pair of ballhawks in the defensive backfield. Butler and Trahan had 6 INTs in 2020 for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Ohio’s young, Redshirt Sophomore QB, Kurtis Rourke needs to be mindful with his passes out there tonight.
As a whole, Louisiana lost to Texas in week 1, when they were ranked above the Longhorns at the time and followed that up with a win over Nicholls. So 1-1 is around where they’d expect to be at this stage of the season and they will be expecting to be 2-1 at the end of this clash.
I can see this going the way of Louisiana, I think around 20 points is about right too, so I think they’re quite clear favourites in this one and whilst it won’t be a close one, I do think it’ll be a fun watch to get your college football weekend started.
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