LAFAYETTE (KATC) — Louisiana’s best, not-so-secret-advantage going into it’s week three match-up with Mississippi State is the complete lack of footage MSU has to study.
The Cajuns played just one-half of competitive football in a 49-17 win over Grambling two weeks ago. With a week two bye, Louisiana got extra time to prepare while MSU was left with little to study. Point Cajuns.
There are a lot of legitimate questions to ask about how Billy Napier’s offense will look. Louisiana didn’t throw much after halftime, they didn’t have to. Louisiana ran the ball 43 times, splitting 35 carries from running backs among five players. Trey Ragas led the teams with 13 carries. Would this continue in close games? How deep did coach Napier dig into his playbook? It’s hard to assume these trends will continue after one lopsided win. Point Cajuns.
But don’t think Mississippi State doesn’t have it’s own play. The Bulldogs have only two games under new head coach Joe Moorhead, neither were close, and senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald only played in one. Point Bulldogs.
Than there is the wildest of wildcards, Mark Hudspeth. The former Ragin Cajun head coach recruited about two-thirds of the Louisiana’s roster, and Moorhead is picking Hud’s brain when it comes to scouting personnel.
“I think it’s a great advantage considering we have one game of film on them. They had the bye week,” said the first year MSU coach. “It won’t help from a schematic standpoint because I believe coach Napier calls and runs the offense, and coach Ron Roberts was the head coach at Southeastern runs the defense. He’ll have a normal role in terms of x’s and o’s on offense and special teams, but more of a personnel standpoint since he recruited those guys I think he’ll be able to help us.”