Why Louisiana Will Win
– Generate a decent offensive day against Miami, and it’s over. Give the RedHawks credit for not getting ripped up too often, but they’re 0-4 when allowing 400 yards or more.
Louisiana has generated 400 yards or more in 11 of its 13 games, came up with 391 in one of the other games – a win over South Alabama – and only got held down by Appalachian State in the regular season loss.
– The Ragin’ Cajun running game is quick, has the tempo needed to take over, an it’s explosive. The MU run defense isn’t anything special, and the team has been able to overcome big days from opposing ground attacks, but it hasn’t beaten a team that can do anything like what this team does.
Louisiana throws several backs into the rotation – Elijah Mitchell is the star with 1,092 yards and 15 scores on the season – around veteran QB Levi Lewis. The O is amazing at keeping the chains moving. Miami’s isn’t.
And here’s the weirdest part about the RedHawks …
– Louisiana should own the time of possession battle. It doesn’t seem like it should be a part of the equation, but it is. Miami just doesn’t control the clock a lick, and it has nothing really to do with the tempo of the offense – it just doesn’t go on long marches. That doesn’t seem to bother the defense, though.
The Ragin’ Cajun style goes against Miami’s biggest strength. Louisiana’s O is third in the nation tackles for loss allowed – it’s always going forward with the attack. If the RedHawks can’t come up with timely plays behind the line, uh oh.