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Jordan Fiegel

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Will Week 4 of Louisiana college football live up to its potential?

Louisiana teams had an exciting Week 3. Seven schools had a game that was decided by one possession. Week 4 is filled with enticing match-ups, including two Boot-on-Boot games. Several teams are still searching for that elusive first win; and, with two of them going head-to-head, at least one will finally get it.

ULM gets a week to regroup after their upset bid against Sun Belt favorite Georgia Southern ended in dramatic fashion. The Warhawks let the Eagles score 23 straight points, and their 41 yard field goal to reclaim the lead was blocked. Louisiana-Monroe takes the field next weekend against Auburn.

One week after giving up over 60 points, Southern put up 64 on Alabama State. The Jags do-it-all wide receiver Willie Quinn racked up 320 all purpose yards in Southern's first win of the season. This evening they go on the road to Alabama A&M.

The Grambling State Tigers return home today, hosting the Alcorn State Braves. QB Devante Kincaid picked up right where he left off last week after his injury during the Arizona game, tossing for 227 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers picked up an easy win over Jackson State last Saturday.

Nicholls State takes a short jaunt over to Mobile to take on the South Alabama Jaguars. The Colonels fought off a fierce rally from Incarnate Word with a clutch interception last weekend to improve to 1-0 in Southland Conference play.

In the day's first Boot-on-Boot match-up, Southeastern gets back in action with their home opener against Northwestern State. The Lions had some time to recover after back-to-back losses to start their season, though both were against ranked teams.

Northwestern State is also looking for their first win, opening the season 0-3. The Demons are also looking for their first win against the Lions since 2011.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to bounce back in their Conference USA opener against Middle Tennessee. Tech tried to hang with Texas Tech last weekend, but they fell short 59-45. Tonight will be a match-up of strengths with the Bulldogs 12th ranked passing offense going against the Blue Raiders 4th ranked passing defense.

While some Louisiana schools beat back comeback attempts, McNeese State was not so fortunate. The Cowboys gave up a late 4th quarter touchdown and were felled by the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin. Mcneese plummeted 7 spots in the FCS Coaches Poll to #20. They head over to San Antonio for their road game against the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

Today's second Boot-on-Boot contest sees ULL taking a short trip to New Orleans for a night game against Tulane. The Ragin' Cajuns left Mobile with a win over South Alabama last week on the back of Elijah McGuire, who rushed for 223 yards and a score. McGuire sits at 6th in the country in rushing yards and was the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week.

Tulane somewhat contained Navy's ground game last week, forcing two turnovers; but the Green Wave will face a much better passing attack from Louisiana-Lafayette. Tulane's offense is still struggling against FBS defenses, however, scoring just 21 total points in their two games against FBS foes.

Your #18 LSU Tigers head over to the Plains to take on the Auburn Tigers. LSU narrowly escaped last weekend with a win after Mississippi State reeled off 17 second half points, but the Tigers hung on. Danny Etling was improved, going 19 of 30 for 215 yards with 1 touchdown. It could be a defensive showdown, with both offenses ranking in the bottom half of FBS; and Etling will be making his first SEC road start. LSU will also be going up against their former defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele.
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Louisiana football teams looking to rebound after rough first week

Week 1 of the college football season was a rough one for Louisiana. 10 teams were in action, and only three triumphed. Though it provides little solace, four of the losses were by four or fewer points. Three were by three or fewer points.

Northwestern State kicked things off for the Boot on Thursday night. The Demons lost a close one to Incarnate Word 21-18. Northwestern State got into Cardinal territory in the waning seconds but couldn't quite get into range for a chance to try the game-tying field goal.

Nicholls State gets the action started for the Boot on Saturday against the #9 Georgia Bulldogs. The Colonels were off last week, so this is their season opener. They'll have their home opener against Incarnate Word next weekend.

In one of two Boot-on-Boot contests Saturday, Louisiana-Lafayette hosts McNeese State. The Ragin Cajuns got crushed at home last weekend by Boise State 45-10. The lopsided score led head coach Mark Hudspeth to fire his defensive coordinator.

The McNeese State Cowboys were one of the three Louisiana teams to start the year with a win, dropping Tarleton State 33-3. Despite the win, the Cowboys dropped one spot in the FCS Coaches Poll to #10 after getting leapfrogged. McNeese hopes to retain the Cajun Crown in their match-up against the Ragin Cajuns. They hold an edge in the overall series and beat ULL the last time the two played back in 2007.

ULM heads over to Norman Saturday evening to take on the #10 Oklahoma Sooners. The Warhawks started off 2016 with a win over the Southern Jaguars. Quarterback Garrett Smith was electrifying, passing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 150 and one score.

For this weekend's second Boot-on-Boot match-up, Southern hits the road for New Orleans for a night game against Tulane. The Jags hung with ULM for a half last Saturday before the Warhawks pulled away, but it was an encouraging performance.

Tulane nearly opened with an upset over Wake Forest, but the Green Wave continued last season's offensive woes and could not find the endzone. New head coach Willie Fritz's run-heavy offense did show promise with Tulane out-gaining the Demon Deacons and dominating the time of possession.

It's a dog-eat-dog kind of world as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs host the South Carolina State Bulldogs in their home opener. Tech lost a heartbreaker to Arkansas last week, nearly pulling off the upset. La. Tech should have an easier time against a South Carolina State team that failed to score last Saturday.

The Lions of Southeastern go west seeking a win against the #22 Southern Utah Thunderbirds. It's the Lions' second straight road game against a ranked opponent after getting tamed by the Oklahoma State Cowboys last Saturday 61-7.

In a feline fight, the Grambling State Tigers head out to the desert to take on the Arizona Wildcats late Saturday nightt. The Tigers rolled all over Lynchburg, obliterating them 70-12 and preventing the Dragons from getting even one first down.

LSU fell hard after last week's upset loss to Wisconsin, dropping from 5th to 21st in the AP poll. They'll have to rebound against a Jacksonville State squad that made it to the FCS championship last year and has a roster littered with former SEC players. The Tigers offense was anemic against the Badgers, finding the endzone just once. Brandon Harris went just 12-21 with two interceptions as LSU lost their first season opener under Les Miles.
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