Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Biggest Key: Offense
Be a little better running the ball, and do it without the stars. More on this in a second in the Key Player part, but Elijah Mitchell and Trey Regas combined to run for close to 7,000 yards and 79 touchdowns over their career. Now the Ragin’ Cajuns have to be stronger running the ball without those two.
Along with LB Joe Dillon, those running backs are the only big talent losses, but there are plenty of options ready to step in.
However, the ground game – as good as it was averaging over five yards per carry and hitting 200 yards six times, it wasn’t close to being as dominant and dynamic in 2019. It has to hover around 200 on a weekly basis after not coming all that close four times.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Biggest Key: Defense
Generate more of a pass rush. The defense was great overall, and it was amazing at coming up with takeaways, but it struggled on third downs and it all showed in the time of possession battle.
It can be fixed by doing more to get behind the line.
Louisiana only averaged 4.3 tackles for loss per game with 47 on the year, and the team went from 33 sacks to 19. Granted, there were three fewer games, but the D has to average closer to 2.5 sacks per game rather than the 1.73 of 2020.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Key Player To A Successful Season
RB Chris Smith, Soph.
There are other backs in the mix – and Jacob Kibodi is coming in from Texas A&M – but Smith is the most experienced. The 5-9, 194-pound third-leading rusher came up with 350 yards getting a few carries per game and averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
Fast, he can be used more as a receiver and a kick returner, but the offense needs a star back to work around.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Key Game To The 2021 Season
at Arkansas State, Oct. 21
There might be bigger games overall on the slate against Appalachian State and Georgia Southern – how does the Sun Belt not figure out how to get Louisiana and Coastal Carolina together? – but those are against the other division.
To get to the Sun Belt title game from the West – which is FAR easier than the East – it might take a win on the road over what should be a resurgent Arkansas State team.
2020 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns Fun Stats
– Sacks: Louisiana 19 for 126 yards – Opponents 9 for 69 yards
– Yards Per Play: Louisiana 6.3 – Opponents 4.9
– Time of Possession: Opponents 31:32 – Louisiana 28:28