LSU gets one last tune-up game before going against what could be a top 10 Florida team on October 6th. After escaping the Auburn Tigers with a 12 to 10 win last weekend, the Bayou Bengals will play the Towson Tigers this evening at 6 o’clock. LSU needs to see some improved quarterback play from Zach Mettenberger, as the Tigers rank 101st in the nation in passing yards. Despite much more talented than Towson, Les Miles and his Tigers aren’t taking them lightly.
Southeastern pulled off quite the upset last week when they took down McNeese State 25 to 24 to notch their first win of the season. Down by 7 in the 4th, Southeastern scored a touchdown with under three minutes left and chose to go for the win, successfully converting a 2 point try. Today at 4 p.m., Southeastern will attempt to make it two in a row when they pay a visit to the Lamar Cardinals.
McNeese will try to shake off the single point loss when they take on fellow Louisiana school Northwestern State tonight at 7 o’clock. The Demons took care of business against Mississippi Valley State last Saturday, winning 45 to 14. The McNeese Cowboys will be out to maintain their Top 25 ranking in the FCS Coaches Poll, after dropping to number 21 with their loss to Southeastern.
ULM finally gets an easier opponent after playing Arkansas, Auburn, and Baylor in consecutive weeks when they take on Tulane in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 2:30. The Warhawks lost by five to Baylor after a late turnover prevented a comeback while Tulane was shutout by Ole Miss 39 to zip. Tulane ranks dead last out of 124 schools in scoring and rushing offense, averaging less than 10 rushing yards per game. The Green Wave’s 36th ranked pass defense will be tested by ULM quarterback Kolton Browning. The Warhawks are looking to get their first win since upsetting Arkansas.
Louisiana Tech takes on their second straight BCS foe at 2:30 when they play the Virginia Cavaliers. The Bulldogs are one of the best teams flying under the radar, having scored at least 52 points in each of their three games. Leading rusher Tevin King is out for the season now, but QB Colby Cameron has been lighting up opposing defenses, throwing for over 900 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tech’s third ranked scoring offense will go up against Virginia’s 86th ranked scoring defense.
The Southern University Jaguars take on the Florida A&M Rattlers in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 2:30. Shaking up the coaching staff after Week 3’s loss paid off for the Jaguars as Southern notched their first win of the season and the first win for new Head Coach Dawson Odums after beating Jackson State 28 to 21. The Rattlers quarterback is coming off a 399 passing yard game, and Coach Odums knows Florida A&M will test his defense.
Nicholls State finally snapped their 12-game losing streak with a beat-down of Evangel University last Saturday, crushing the Crusaders 73 to 17. Nicholls heads up to play the Central Arkansas Bears at 6 o clock. The Colonels may have ended their losing streak, but the last time Nicholls beat a team other than Evangel was in November of 2010. Nicholls faces a daunting task going up against the Bears, who are ranked 14th in the FCS Coaches Poll.
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ of ULL had an extra week to prepare for their Sun Belt home opener against the Florida International Golden Panthers at 6pm. FIU was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt, but have just a 1 and 2 record thus far. The Ragin Cajuns are already 1 and 0 in Sun Belt play, and a victory over the Golden Panthers would put them in a good position early on to contend for the Sun Belt championship. Coach Mark Hudspeth and his team are excited to be back from their bye week and to be playing FIU.