Sun Belt Showdown: Louisiana Ragin Cajuns vs Texas A&M Aggies
On the surface this may appear to be a ho-hum game between a struggling G5 program and a high profile P5 brand. But the intrigue, my good friends, lies in the details.
Cajuns and Aggies, Saturday, September 16th, 11AM on SEC Network
We’ve only seen two weeks (plus a “week zero”) of football in 2017, and the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns have already surrendered one trillion points. (Actual number of points: 117) That’s too many, especially for a team I projected to have a fairly stout defense. But the Cajuns rank 127th in total D and were it not for FAU, dead last against the rush. Louisiana is giving up an incredible 383 ground yards per game, making superstars out of opposing running backs.
The only saving grace for Louisiana is that they’re also scoring lots of points – just not more than they’re surrendering. More good news? The Texas A&M Aggies aren’t exactly shutting down teams either, allowing 446 yards of offense per game between UCLA (okay) and Nicholls State (!). If anyone can give the Cajuns a shot at a win over a P5 program, it’s the Aggies
Joe Dillon needs to become superhuman
Dillon was named a USA TODAY Freshman All-American after last year’s performance, and he was the hero of the Southeast Louisiana contest with a game winning scoop and score. But Dillon was invisible against Tulsa with zero sacks and no TFLs. To upset Texas A&M, Dillon needs to be in Kellon Mond/Jake Hubenak’s grill all night long. The Colonels sacked Hubenak twice, for God’s sake. Dillon (6-3 232) should have a banner day.
So there’s a dual QB thing going on at College Station
Senior QB Jake Hubenak (6-3 225) and freshman QB Kellon Mond (6-2 210) are a combo – at least for now. Combined, these guys aren’t exactly Johnny Football. Mond as already absorbed 6 sacks on the season, and both QBs have yet to throw a touchdown pass. That’s right: NEITHER QB HAS THROWN A TD PASS. They’re the Georgia Southern of the SEC!
The Aggie offense is generated by a pair of sophomore RBs that might be twins – Kendall Bussey (5-9 200) and Trayveon Williams (5-9 200). Williams racked up 203 yards and three TDs in a historic loss to UCLA. Bussey tallied 97 yards and a score in the win over Nicholls.
Good thing the Cajuns have the tools to stop the running ga…oh, wait….
Like UCLA, the Cajuns can score points
Cajun QB Jordan Davis isn’t really piling up yards (471 in two games), but he’s only thrown one pick, and he’s already rushed for two touchdowns and 107 yards. That makes him more productive than whatever is going on behind center at Texas A&M.
Also, add freshman RBs Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell to the Cajun list of assets. Combined, the two have four TDs and 331 yards of offense. Insert savvy WR Keenan Barnes into the mix, and coach Mark Hudspeth has real firepower at his disposal. But does he have enough?
The Final Word
The Texas A&M Aggies are a mess with confusion at QB and a first-half only defense. But they have a run game, and the Cajuns are currently without anything resembling a run-stopping defense. Expect some big runs from both teams. Whoever discovers their defensive identity first earns the W.
A former notary public, Jeremy Harper is a professional writer and Chief Instigator for Storm the Castle Creative. He spends much of his free time staring blankly into space.