2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Louisiana Offense
The passing consistency has to be there. The running game will be fantastic, but when it didn’t run for more than 200 yards last season the Ragin’ Cajuns went 0-5. The passing attack has to be able to hold up its end of the bargain, and it has to be far more efficient after the quarterbacks combined for 14 picks overall and failed to hit the 50% completion mark three times in the final six games. The big plays were there and there’s a whole lot of explosion, but in this O, the quarterbacks are doing their job if they’re hitting 60% of their passes.
Biggest Key To The Louisiana Defense
Be more of a rock against the run. The Ragin’ Cajuns weren’t totally miserable against the good ground games, but they were steadily mediocre allowing 200 yards or more in nine of the last 13 games and giving up two touchdown runs or more 11 times.
There’s enough experience to know what to do, but there aren’t a slew of killers in the linebacking corps and the line has to start getting behind the line more. In the five games ULL allowed fewer than 200 rushing yards, the team went 4-1. And that’s why …
Key Player To A Successful Season
DT Tra’Vontae Booker, Sr.
Can he turn into a factor on the defensive interior? He only made 11 tackles behind LaDarrius Kidd on the nose, but Kidd is gone and now the team needs a force on the inside of the line to hold up. If it’s not Booker, then 6-3, 280-pound JUCO transfer Ja-Quane Nelson or one of the top freshmen have to fill the void.
Key Game To The Louisiana Season
at Arkansas State, Oct. 17
47-43. The shootout win over the Red Wolves was the big game and the big moment for the Ragin’ Cajuns on the way to taking the Sun Belt West title. The home team has won the last five games in the series since ULL last won at ASU in 2013. ULM will always be the big rivalry showdown, and South Alabama will be better, but this is likely the game for the division title.
– Louisiana Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Louisiana Fun Stats
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 21-of-29 (72%) – Opponents 8-of-19 (42%)
– Fumbles: Opponents 11 (lost 7) – Louisiana 14 (lost 3)
– Onside Kicks: Louisiana 2-for-2 – Opponents 0-for-0