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Jordan Fiegel

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Jordan's Boot Report: Momentum and inertia in Louisiana CFB

This week's word is... momentum. Several Louisiana schools have found success on the football field in recent weeks, and we'll see if they can carry it over to October. A couple other teams appear to be stuck in a rut, and maybe a new month will bring new fortune.

Southern has a bye this week, giving them a chance to regroup after last weekend's loss to Georgia. Wide receiver Devon Gales is still recovering from a scary injury during a kickoff game. Gales suffered several fractures in his neck after a collision during a kick return and is still experiencing partial paralysis.

Southeastern played on Thursday night, winning a thriller against Lamar. Kody Sutton scored a game winning touchdown with little over a minute left, and the Lions improved to 3-1 and 2-0 in the Southland Conference.

Tulane gets the action started for the Boot Saturday morning, receiving a visit from the Central Florida Knights. The Green Wave are coming off their bye week after notching their first win of the year. Tulane's offense finally found some rhythm against Maine and hopes to keep it up against a middling UCF defense.

The Northwestern State Demons kick things off Saturday afternoon with a road trip to Incarnate Word. The Demons look to right the ship after four losses in a row. Northwestern was gashed by Central Arkansas last Saturday for their second conference loss.

In Saturday's first Boot-on-Boot match-up, McNeese State heads to Thibodaux to take on the Nicholls State Colonels. Nicholls extended their losing streak to 21, falling to 0-3 after putting up a goose egg against Colorado.

McNeese, on the the other hand, handed out a shutout to Mississippi College last Saturday, moving up to #15 in the FCS Coaches Poll. The Cowboys defense is allowing only 7 points per game while Nicholls has scored just 10 points all season long.

Grambling State heads back out on the road Saturday evening to take on Jackson State. Grambling has started to pick up some momentum, winning two in a row over SWAC foes. Quarterback Johnathan Williams continued to light it up, tossing 6 touchdowns last week against Prairie View A&M. Williams now has the 6th most passing yards of any FCS QB.

In Saturday's second Boot-on-Boot match-up, Louisiana Tech hosts the ULL Ragin' Cajuns at 6pm. This will be the 87th game between the two schools, making it the second oldest series between Louisiana schools.

The Bulldogs ended their two game losing skid last weekend with a win over FIU. Tech's offense has been on a tear this season, averaging 40 points a game; and they'll go against a Cajun defense that ranks just 92nd in the nation.

Louisiana-Lafayette is looking to rebound from the beatdown they suffered at the hands of Akron last week. The Cajuns sit at just 1-2, but their ground game is still potent. Running backs Elijiah McGuire and Torrey Pierce have run for over 500 yards and give ULL a top 20 rushing attack. Coach Mark Hudspeth talked about the challenges of containing La Tech's quarterback Jeff Driskel [play cut]

In a battle of birds, the ULM Warhawks return home for their conference opener against the Georgia Southern Eagles. Louisiana-Monroe got blanked by Alabama last weekend but had put up 47 points the week before. The Eagles are the Sun Belt favorites, and a win would go a long way for the Warhawks.

#9 LSU returns to Tiger Stadium for the final non-conference game Saturday evening against Eastern Michigan. The Tigers took care of business against Syracuse last Saturday, and Leonard Fournette became the first LSU player ever with back-to-back 200 yard rushing games. Fournette now has a ridiculous 631 yards, the most by any FBS player through three games since 2000.

Brandon Harris has looked competent as well, completing 61.7% of his passes and has yet to turn the ball over. Harris is also a threat on the ground and is LSU's second leading rusher after Fournette.

LSU's defense hasn't been as stifling as previous years, but the Tigers are a respectable 24th in the country. Eastern Michigan's 53rd ranked offense will find it tough sledding against them.
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