It could turn out to be a battle between two Group of 5 champions. Can Louisiana-Lafayette rebound after a rough 2015? Can Boise State look the part of something special? Check out the Boise State vs. Louisiana-Lafayettte fearless prediction and game preview.
Boise State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
Network: American Sports Network
Why Boise State Will Win
The Broncos have the offense pop, explosion, and experience to hang around with just about anyone in college football – and now they have to prove it.
The Ragin’ Cajun defense is going to be okay, but it’s the offense that’ll have to carry the team throughout the first half of the season – especially against teams with Boise State’s firepower.
The ULL season crashed last year when the secondary couldn’t come up with stops on a regular basis against anyone who could throw a forward pass. And why? There wasn’t much of a pass rush. The Ragin’ Cajuns could get behind the line and apply a little bit of pressure but they couldn’t do it often enough.
The Bronco offensive line is the relative weakness of the attack, but that’s only because the skill players are so tremendous. As long as the front five can give QB Brett Rypien a little bit of time, he should be able to fire at will.
Why Louisiana-Lafayette Will Win
Last year was an aberration. This is a nine-win program that couldn’t quite get the O going last year. That’s not supposed to be a problem this season for a Ragin’ Cajun ground game that should be ready to rock again with Elijah McGuire one of the best backs the Broncos will face this year.
Last season, Boise State was fine until it had problems stopping good ground games. When the D failed against the better ground attacks, the team lost. This time around, the Broncos are breaking in just enough new starting talent on the line to potentially have a bit of a problem on the road right away.
This is going to be a jacked up ULL team at home with a chance to make a massive statement. Beat Boise State, and all of a sudden, the Sun Belt would start to look a whole lot better.
What’s Going To Happen?
The Boise State offense is going to be terrific. It’ll need about a quarter, and then it’ll kick in and the Ragin’ Cajuns won’t be able to stop the machine. However, they’ll keep fighting at home to keep it from getting too out of hand, even though the Broncos won’t be threatened. The early start in Boise time will make a difference – it’ll take a bit for the Mountain Westers to wake up.
Boise State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Prediction
Final Score: Boise State 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 27
Line: Boise State -20, o/u: 64
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 2
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 3