Game Preview: Eagles continue to search for bowl eligibility

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

History: The Ragin’ Cajuns hold a 4-1 lead over the Eagles in the all-time series between the two teams.

Last Week: The Eagles fell to South Alabama in heartbreaking fashion, 38-31. GS held the lead for the majority of the game, but ultimately failed to get many crucial stops.

Scouting Report: The Cajuns have struggled mightily this season, getting off to a 4-5 start after going 13-1 during the 2021 season.

However, UL has still been great defensively and ranks within the top-35 teams in the FBS in total defense. Stopping the ground game has been their strength, as they allow just 129 rushing yards per game. The Cajuns have shown struggles defending the air raid, but still only allow just 217.8 passing yards per game.

Ben Woolridge leads a UL offense that gets most of their work done through the air, which is a contrast to the Ragin’ Cajun teams of the past few years. However, the offense struggles with its efficiency and converts just 74.1% of their redzone chances for points.

Bottom Line: The Eagles will need to find their footing offensively against a strong Ragin’ Cajuns defense in order to secure a bowl bid. After a pitiful second half performance against the Jaguars, GS will need to establish both facets of the offense early.

Prediction: GS wins 34-20, Clay Helton goes bowling in year one