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Cajuns defense set up for big game Saturday

Louisiana hosts Texas State
Posted at 11:07 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 00:09:45-04

If you need a reason to take Louisiana, plus the points (-22.5,) I've got a few.

The Cajuns are coming off a bye. Louisiana is 6-0 all-time against Texas State with an average margin of victory of 21 points. And, Texas State has a first year head coach in Jake Spavital and will trot out a backup quarterback Tyler Vitt.

The later is a reason to believe Louisiana's much improved defense will be in for a big game. Louisiana's pass defense is especially improved from a season ago. The unit hasn't been particularity flashy, but it has been effective. Opponents are completing just 56.9 percent of passes, which ranks best in the Sun Belt. Teams have only throw 6 touchdowns against them, which ranks 7th in the FBS.

"You know we have depth all of the field now," said senior defenive back Deuce Wallace. "As opposed to last year when we had guys taking 60-70 snaps a game. Now guys are taking 30-40 snaps. It makes a huge difference on your legs and load. You can even see it in practice, we're able to practice and it looks fresher it's more efficient the way we do things."

Why don't the Bobcats just run the ball? They could, but Spavital is a passing first minded coach who worked with Dana Holgerson at WVU, and this year Texas State ranks nearly last in rushing in the country at just over 82 yards-per-game.