Will Week 4 of Louisiana college football live up to its potential?
by Jordan Fiegel,posted Sep 24 2016 12:34PM
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.