After a surprisingly light Saturday last weekend, Louisiana college football fans have plenty of options to choose from. Two appetizers on Wednesday and Friday night to whet your appetite for the main course on Sunday with only one team off. No unexpected cancellations this time.
Tulane has a game under the Friday night lights, hosting the Memphis Tigers. The Green Wave are having a good first year under head coach Willie Fritz, but the Tigers proved too much. Tulane drops to 3-3 and starts prepping for next week's road game against Tulsa.
Grambling State is off for the second week in a row. Despite a bye last week, the Tigers climbed a couple spots in the FCS Coaches Poll, moving up to #23.
ULL got things started for the Boot on Wednesday night when they hosted the Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Ragin' Cajuns were dominated, getting shut out 24-0, their first since 2009. Next up for ULL will be Texas State next weekend.
Louisiana Tech kick things off with a road game at UMass. The Bulldogs had a few extra days off after last week's Thursday night shootout win over Western Kentucky. Tech catches the Minutemen while they're reeling from three straight losses. QB Ryan Higgins is the 3rd most prolific passer in the country right now, and he could feast on UMass's middling pass defense.
The Southern Jaguars finally retake the field after two bye weeks in a row. The Jags look to get their third straight win over the Jackson State Tigers. Southern had a rough start to the season against two FBS teams, but they looked dominant in their last two against SWAC foes.
Northwestern State hits the road for the third time in four weeks with a trip to the Lamar Cardinals. The Demons finally got their first win of the season last Saturday, crushing Kentucky Wesleyan 49-7.
The Lions of Southeastern are riding high after an incredible win over the then #19 McNeese State Cowboys. QB Justin Alo threw an 82 yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left that bounced off a defender's hands right to his receiver. The upset win keeps Southeastern in the thick of things in the Southland Conference.
McNeese State dropped out of the rankings after their heartbreaker. The Cowboys have to move forward, though, with a contest against a tough Central Arkansas team. The Bears are 4-1 and 3-0 in conference. McNeese does match-up well with their 9th ranked passing offense going against Central Arkansas's 91st ranked passing defense.
Louisiana-Monroe receives a visit from the Texas State Bobcats Saturday evening. The Warhawks woeful season continued last week with another last second loss because of a field goal. Idaho kicked a game-winning field as time expired, and ULM fell to 1-4. Head Coach Matt Viator knows his team will have a challenge against Texas State's aggressive defense [play cut]
The Nicholls State Colonels head over to Texas to a night game against the Houston Baptist Huskies. Nicholls won a thriller last Saturday, taking down Stephen F. Austin in double overtime on the arm of quarterback Chase Fourcade. A win over the Huskies would put the Colonels at .500.
#25 LSU gets back in action with a tilt against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Tigers had an unexpected bye week last weekend after their game against Florida was canceled because of Hurricane Matthew. This game will be Coach Ed Orgeron's second as interim head coach after demolishing the Missouri Tigers.
Leonard Fournette will be out again, dealing with a high ankle sprain. Derrius Guice has stepped up in his absence, however. In the two games Fournette did not play, Guice rushed 36 times for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Fans of Louisiana college teams have an abbreviated menu this weekend. One team has already played, two have had their games canceled, and three are on a bye week. The remaining five teams do have some interesting match-ups, though; and all five are being played within the Boot.
Tulane will have to wait another week before their next game. Friday's contest against Central Florida was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew and has been rescheduled for November 5th.
LSU will also be taking the week off thanks to Matthew. The Tigers game against Florida was canceled, and it's looking like it may not be able to be rescheduled. If the two schools cannot make up the game, a scenario exists in which LSU could win the rest of their games and still not end up going to the SEC championship.
Grambling State made it three in a row after dispatching Prairie View A&M last Saturday. Devante Kincade continued his tour de force, racking up almost 300 yards and 3 more touchdowns. His 1,191 yards from scrimmage rank 13th in the country. The Tigers are off this week before taking on Mississippi Valley State next weekend.
ULL is on their bye in preparation for Wednesday's game against Appalachian State. The Ragin' Cajuns are still falling on the bad side of Lady Luck. One week after a quadruple overtime loss against Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette came up short in double overtime against New Mexico State. The loss drops them to 2-3 on the year.
The Southern Jaguars are off for a second straight week. The Jags are sitting at 2-2, with both wins coming in SWAC play. Southern will finally hit the field again next weekend against Jackson State.
Louisiana Tech kicked things off in Week 6 for the Boot with a barn-burner against Western Kentucky on Thursday night. The Bulldogs had a 21 point lead going into the 4th quarter and just managed to hang on, defeating the Hilltoppers 55-52.
Northwestern State is the only remaining Louisiana team without a win, but they should get it against Kentucky Wesleyan. The Demons are just 0-4, but they haven't been blown out since their season opener.
Nicholls State returns to Thibodaux to welcome in the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The Colonels took a pounding last Saturday, losing to McNeese 38-13. Nicholls is just 1-3 overall, but only one of those losses has come in conference play.
The Warhawks finally return to Monroe for their evening game against the Idaho Vandals. ULM lost their third straight last weekend on their third straight road game. The Warhawks need to right the ship and avoid slipping to 1-4.
In the week's only Boot-on-Boot match-up, #19 McNeese State hits the road to take on the Southeastern Lions. McNeese has bounced back after surprise loss with two conference wins. The Cowboys passing game has been prolific thus far, ranking 5th in the nation.
Southeastern's season is not off to the start the Lions were hoping off. Last weekend's loss to then-winless Lamar dropped the Lions to just 1-3. Southeastern has to take better care of the ball if they want to turn it around. The Lions are tied for fifth from last in turnover margin.