Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Louisiana players going into the 2022 college football season?

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The Sun Belt just got a whole lot bigger, cooler, and more interesting with a shocking expansion that should take the conference up another level.

FCS powerhouse James Madison gets to join in right away, and Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss were able to leave Conference USA and get in for the 2022 football season.

Here’s the problem – several Sun Belt programs that made strides last year are going to have tougher schedules to deal with. Several teams should be better, but might not have the results to show it.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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18. All of a sudden, the Sun Belt has become the cool conference

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show

The conference has only been doing football since 2001, and it was always the land of the paycheck programs – the ones the big boys scheduled for an easy 55-3 win on Homecoming.

In one of the shockers of the conference realignment changes over the last year, the Sun Belt wasn’t picked off in the expansion run. Instead, it added James Madison from the FCS and snagged Marshall, Southern Miss, and Old Dominion from Conference USA.

It was a battle to see if Conference USA could hold on to the Thundering Herd, the Golden Eagles, and the Monarchs through the football season, but the divorce is final, and those three are getting remarried right away to go along with a fun James Madison program.

How ugly did it get? Both Conference USA and the Sun Belt released their 2022 schedules including those three teams, but the Sun Belt has their teams.

The Sun Belt East will be made up of Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Marshall, and Old Dominion. The West will be Arkansas State, Louisiana, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, and ULM.

No, it’s not time for the SEC to start shaking, but it’s an amazing story that the Sun Belt is not only surviving, but it’s getting a whole lot stronger and more entertaining.

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19. James Madison, welcome to the show

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Georgia State vs Louisiana College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Georgia State vs Louisiana prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Monday.

Georgia State vs Louisiana prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Monday, March 7


Georgia State vs Louisiana How To Watch

Date: Monday, March 7
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Georgia State (16-14), Louisiana (17-10)
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Why Georgia State Will Win

Georgia State won the first two meetings over the Ragin’ Cajuns even though the defense struggled a wee bit.

On a run of eight straight wins, they’ve found a groove even though the shooting hasn’t been great, the three pointers aren’t there, and there’s no consistency.

So what’s going so right? Offensive rebounds. The Panthers might not be able to shoot, but they make up for it by coming up with a bazillion second chance points.

They don’t turn the ball over, they attack the rim, and the defense keeps scores low. However …

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Why Louisiana Will Win

Louisiana is red hot.

It lost 65-58 at Georgia State a few weeks ago, but that’s the only blip in a 6-1 run, including a nice win over Troy to get here.

It’s one of the few teams in the Sun Belt that can hang with Georgia State on the glass. It won the rebounding margin in both games with a slew of offensive rebounds of its own.

The defense is terrific – it’s more than happy to play a low scoring battle – and the offense is great on the free throw line when it needs to be, but …

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The Ragin’ Cajuns turn it over way too much.

In a game that’s likely going to be plays in the 60s – at most – the little mistakes will matter. Louisiana turned it over 33 times in the two losses to Georgia State, and once again, that’s going to be just enough to be the difference.

Georgia State vs Louisiana Prediction, Lines

Georgia State 66, Louisiana 62
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

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Louisiana vs UT Arlington Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Louisiana vs UT Arlington prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 3

Louisiana vs UT Arlington prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 3


Louisiana vs UT Arlington How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 3
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Venue: Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: UT Arlington (11-17), Louisiana (13-14)
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Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines: Saturday, December 18


Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 18
Game Time: 9:15 pm ET
Venue: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
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Records: Louisiana (12-1), Marshall (8-4)

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Louisiana vs Marshall R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Preview

Head coach Billy Napier might be off living his best life as the head coach of the Florida Gators, but this is still a fantastic Louisiana team coming in on a 12-game winning streak with a Sun Belt championship.

The offense might not have been quite as explosive and as fun as the 2020 version, but the team got through game after game with a strong defense, an offense that was among the most mistake-free in all of college football, and by doing all of the little things right.

On the flip side, Marshall found plenty of new and creative ways to turn the ball over, couldn’t stop the run, and it could never seem to find any consistency. However, the passing game was fun, the wins came against the teams it was supposed to beat, and the pass rush got their mail in the opposing backfield.

To win this, the Herd have to open it up. The passing attack has to break Louisiana out of its controlled style, and this will need to be a bit of a shootout to make this a tad more frenetic.

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Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana Prediction, Game Preview

Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 4


Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 4
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Appalachian State (10-2), Louisiana (11-1)
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Why Appalachian State Will Win

The 41-13 loss to Louisiana back on October 12th didn’t represent Appalachian State’s best work.

The offense turned it over three times, finished with just 211 yards, and everything was awful right out of the gate in a weird weeknight blowout loss.

Since then the Mountaineers have won six straight, the defense allowed 17 points over the last three games and 14 points or fewer in each of the last four, and the running game kicked it all back in again.

The offensive line has been phenomenal in pass protection, the defense is the best in the conference – the run D allowed 175 yards or fewer in every game but the loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns – and now the team gets to make amends.

In the first meeting, the offense turned it over four times, failed to convert on a third down chance, and it never looked or played like it normal.

But …

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Why Louisiana Will Win

Louisiana had a little something to do with Appalachian State’s performance.

This hasn’t always been the most consistent of teams this year, but it keeps on winning.

Levi Lewis and the passing attack has been able to fill in the gap when the running game didn’t blow up, the defense allowed 21 points or fewer in nine of the last ten games, and turnover margin has played a monster role in a whole lot of good, tough wins.

Going to Liberty was supposed to be a problem. The Ragin’ Cajuns came up with six takeaways on the road.

Going to Troy was supposed to be a problem. The Ragin’ Cajuns came up with three takeaways on the road.

The veteran offense has failed to turn the ball over in any of the last three games and only lost the ball more than once in one game – a 28-27 win over Arkansas State.

On the flip side, Appalachian State might take the ball away in bunches, but the offense has given it up multiple times in six of the last ten games.

Louisiana isn’t losing the turnover battle in this, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

The run defense will hold up again.

New Florida head coach Billy Napier will be around for one more game with his Louisiana team, and at home his team will come up with a big day on D and an efficient enough performance on O.

Appalachian State will get cranked up early and come up with a big first quarter, but Louisiana will slowly keep coming with a few long scoring drives to stay in it.

Two takeaways will help get the Ragin’ Cajuns over the hump.

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Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana Prediction, Lines

Louisiana 27, Appalachian State 24
Line: Appalachian State -3, o/u: 53
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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Lincoln Riley to USC, Billy Napier to Florida. GAME … ON …

USC hired Lincoln Riley and Florida hired Billy Napier, filling two of the big head coaching openings.

Lincoln Riley to take the open Oklahoma job, and Billy Napier will go to Florida. Now for both programs it’s Game On.


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Lincoln Riley takes USC head coaching job, Billy Napier to take the Florida job

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Two of the biggest college football head coaching questions were answered, but that just opens up more big jobs.

Forget Fight On at USC. It’s Game On with Lincoln Riley now about to be the highest-profile – and by a mile, the highest paid – head football coach in the city of Los Angeles.

The fan base wanted an A-lister of A-lister, and it just got it.

Here’s the guy who’s about to bring the high-octane offense, the resumé with four Big 12 championships in five seasons, four top six finishes, two Heisman Trophy winners and a finalist in Jalen Hurts, and three College Football Playoff appearances.

Now USC is a thing again. Not just because it’s USC, and not just because it’s supposed to be a Power Five conference. Now this ups the game in a huge way for recruiting, the overall profile of the football program, the conference, and what the Pac-12 is about to be.

It also says one very important thing – the prime SEC jobs aren’t quite what everyone thinks they are.

Of course the LSU job is huge, and of course the pressure is going to be National Title or Bust at USC, but the expectations are at a whole other level of insane in the SEC – you can never, ever, ever lose.

Who wants to beat their head against the SEC West wall when you can live life in the Pac-12 South?

Billy Napier wants to give it a try in the SEC East.

The Louisiana head coach was on every Next Coach Up list as the rising offensive coordinator coaching star at Arizona State before the head coaching job went to Herm Edwards.

Napier needed a head coaching job first, he guided Louisiana into a steadily-winning power in the Sun Belt with a national profile, and it became a question of just how big the jump up would be.

But now he has to win right away.

There’s not going to be any sort of a grace period at Florida.

Maybe a 9-3ish season is okay in Year One as long as the team looks like it’s about to be built up into a super-power again, but then it’s SEC Championship or Bust.

Dan Mullen got the team to the SEC title game. Jim McElwain got Florida there a few times. Napier now goes from battling with Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina for the Sun Belt title to needing to beat Georgia. Now.

Louisiana is a solid job at a program that’s a great stepping-stone gig. It’s going to attract a high-profile riser like Napier was. And now the Oklahoma gig is an A-list job opening, too.

It’s Oklahoma. It’s going to be in the SEC. It’s now as big of an opening – if not even stronger – than anything else that’s currently available.

It’ll have its pick of top coaches who’ll want to step into a turn-key situation and keep it all going.

But for now, Florida and USC have two of the best and hottest coaches in the game at two of the best and hottest programs when it comes to powerhouse potential.

Again, Game On.

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Louisiana vs ULM Prediction, Game Preview

Louisiana vs ULM prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Louisiana vs ULM prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


Louisiana vs ULM How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Louisiana (10-1), ULM (4-7)
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Why ULM Will Win

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s a rivalry game and all that, but just how much is Louisiana going to want to crank out the energy?

It had the Sun Belt West title wrapped up almost right away, and now it’s all about next week’s showdown with Appalachian State for the Sun Belt title.

For all of the great things the Ragin’ Cajuns have done, and for all of the wins, the offense hasn’t cranked it up all that much – the running game hasn’t hit 170 yards in three of the last four games.

ULM doesn’t have a turnover problem, it doesn’t get flagged enough to matter, and …

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Why Louisiana Will Win

Louisiana should be able to control the ball and the game as long as it wants to.

ULM was looking like a potential threat in the Sun Belt West race, and then came the four-game losing streak to end all of that.

There isn’t enough of a ground game to matter, the offense is the worst in the Sun Belt, and there aren’t enough long, sustained drives take Louisiana out of its game.

As long as Levi Lewis and the Ragin’ Cajun offense don’t take any big chances and keep it nice and conservative, the points will come. It also helps that …

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What’s Going To Happen

Louisiana doesn’t turn the ball over.

It only gave it away eight times on the year, and it’s not going to start screwing up this week against the Warhawks.

Yeah, it’s a rivalry game and ULM will pull out all of the stops, but after the first half it won’t be enough.

Beating ULM and going 11-1 are important, too. The goal will be to put this away fast and be on to the Sun Belt title game.

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Louisiana vs ULM Prediction, Lines

Louisiana 31, ULM 13
Line: Louisiana -21.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

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Louisiana vs Liberty Prediction, Game Preview

Louisiana vs Liberty prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Louisiana vs Liberty prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Louisiana vs Liberty How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Williams Stadium, Lynchburg, VA
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Louisiana (9-1), Liberty (7-3)
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Why Louisiana Will Win

The Ragin’ Cajuns keep on rolling.

They might have lost the opener to Texas, but they’ve cranked out ten straight wins since, they’re on the way to the Sun Belt Championship game next week, and with a whole lot of help and luck, they could be in the mix for the New Year’s Six out of the Group of Five teams.

First, the offense has to get going against a Liberty defense that’s been good, but allowed over 450 yards in two of the last three games. To be fair one of those was against Ole Miss last week, but North Texas came up with a good balance and enough points to provide a push in a 35-26 loss.

Louisiana isn’t running the ball like it did last year, but there’s a good balance, there aren’t a lot of turnovers, and there shouldn’t be a whole lot of mistakes against a Liberty D that doesn’t take the ball away.

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Why Liberty Will Win

The Flames get into the backfield.

The defense has a few issues here and there, but the line makes plays. Against a Louisiana attack that needs a little time to let things develop – and loves to get outside – it’s going to be tough with the Liberty ends crashing in.

This isn’t the smoothest of Ragin’ Cajun offenses. It gets the job done, but it makes things harder on itself than it needs to be. Defensively it’s been fantastic over the last several weeks, but it hasn’t faced anything like Malik Willis and the Flame backfield that ran for 284 yards on Ole Miss and averages close to 200 yards per game.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s like a good December bowl game at the end of November.

Louisiana has bigger fish to fry in a few weeks, and it’s got a rivalry date with ULM coming up next. First, it’s going to give Liberty a hard time for a full four quarters. The problem will be the lack of consistent scoring.

With a dangerous home finale against Army next week, the Flames need to get a win here to avoid a possible late season slide. They’ll get it, but they’ll have to come up with a few late scoring drives to get out alive.

Willis will be great when he needs to be.

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Louisiana vs Liberty Prediction, Lines

Liberty 28, Louisiana 23
Line: Liberty -4.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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