Jordan's Week 3 Boot Report: State college football
Jordan Fiegel Reporting - @jgfiegel
LSU - After muzzling the Washington Huskies last week, 41 to 3, LSU gets another tune up game, this time against the Idaho Vandals. The Vandals are 0 and 2 on the year, with one loss coming against FCS member Eastern Washington. Though the Bayou Bengals SEC opener against Auburn is coming up, quarterback Zach Mettenberger told us that the Tigers can’t overlook Idaho.
Tulane has a bye this weekend after a scary game against Tulsa last weekend. Safety Devon Walker was rushed to the hospital after suffering a cervical spine fracture in the final play of the first half. Walker is alert and responsive at the Tulsa hospital, but his long-term prognosis is still unknown.
The Jaguars of Southern University were shut out by the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on Thursday night 0 to 6 in the SWAC opener. The Jaguars' lone bright spot was a blocked extra point on the Mississippi Valley State’s only touchdown, but Southern couldn’t get on the scoreboard.
Southeastern didn’t fare any better on Thursday night, losing to the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 6 to 23. It was a shutout for much of the night, but the Lions managed to find the endzone with 37 seconds left. Southeastern is still searching for their first win.
ULL kicks off the day at 11 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Last year, the Ragin’ Cajuns opened their season with a 34 to 61 loss to the Cowboys, who went on to win the Big 12. Coach Mark Hudspeth says it's a challenge to play a fast-tempo, no-huddle team like Oklahoma State
UL-Monroe is riding high after The Shock in Little Rock. In the upset of the week last Saturday, the Warhawks took down # 8 Arkansas with a 4th and 1 touchdown scramble in overtime. Louisiana Monroe now pays a visit to the Loveliest Little Village on the Plains, kicking off against the Auburn Tigers at 11:21 this morning.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on another Houston-based team when they receive a visit from the Rice Owls at 6 o’clock Saturday. Tech won a shootout against Houston last week, 56 to 49. That game saw over 1,200 yards of offense and 78 first downs. The Bulldogs' defense should have an easier time tonight, as the Owls offense is nowhere near as potent as Houston’s.
The Demons of Northwestern State head out west to take on the Wolf Pack of Nevada at 6 o’clock Saturday. Northwestern beat the Boll Weevils last weekend 31 to 24, while Nevada narrowly missed out on upsetting South Florida.
Nicholls State is the second Louisiana team in a row to play at Tulsa after Tulane’s visit last week. The Colonels couldn’t get anything going last weekend, losing to South Alabama 3 to 9 in a battle of field goals. Nicholls managed just 118 total yards and only 22 rushing yards. The Colonels have now lost 11 in a row, dating back to September 10th of last year.
After a close Week 1 loss, Grambling was spanked by TCU last Saturday, 0 to 56. This dropped the Tigers to 0 and 2 for the first time since 2006. Grambling faces the Alabama State Hornets tonight at 6pm in the Tigers’ home opener. Head Coach Doug Williams says the team is hungry for their first win.
In a classic battle of Cowboys and Indians, McNeese State routed McMurry last weekend 69 to 7. The Cowboys are currently ranked 19th in the FCS Coaches poll and look to maintain their momentum as they head out to Utah to take on the Weber State Wildcats at 6.