What they are saying about Billy Napier's 2020 Cajuns
What the magazines and other preseason prognosticators are saying about the Ragin’ Cajuns, who were picked in the Sun Belt Conference preseason coaches poll to win the SBC West and open their 2020 season Saturday morning at No. 25 Iowa State …
STREET & SMITH’S
“The Cajuns are coming off a win over Miami (Ohio) in the LendingTree Bowl, their seventh postseason appearance in nine years, so going bowling again seems inevitable. The bigger question is if UL can do it as Sun Belt champs.”
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“Billy Napier has elevated Louisiana into one of the top Group of 5 teams over the last two years, but there’s one hurdle left to clear. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-4 against Appalachian State over the last two seasons, and the Mountaineers stand in the way of a Sun Belt title once again in 2020.
“But with Appalachian State on its third coach in three years, the door is open for Louisiana to win the Sun Belt. Quarterback Levi Lewis and running backs Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas lead a standout offense, while the defense hopes to build off last year’s progress and rank as one of the best in the conference once again.
“The Ragin’ Cajuns catch Appalachian State in the regular season once again in Boone. That game could be crucial for home-field advantage in the conference title game and should be the first of two meetings between these programs.”
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“This year the goal (for the Cajuns) is to get over that large Appalachian State hurdle and take home the conference crown and this squad is fully capable of doing just that in 2020.”
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RANDY PETERSON, DES MOINES REGISTER
“If you’re expecting Louisiana-Lafayette (or just Louisiana, as some people call it) to be something akin to Louisiana-Monroe – you’re wrong.
“I’m not saying Iowa State won’t win its scheduled season opener. I’m just saying that the Louisiana team coming to Ames (Saturday) is favored to win the Sun Belt Conference West …
“A non-conference pushover? Heck, the Ragin Cajuns could be as good as some Big 12 Conference teams scheduled to play at The Jack in 2020.”
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“The Cajuns have plenty of weapons to make a run for a third consecutive appearance in the Sun Belt Championship Game. Getting Arkansas State, their toughest challenger in the division, at home weighs heavily in their favor in the division race.”
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
“The offense was fantastic in 2018 in the first season under head coach Billy Napier, and it was almost 1,000 yards better in 2019.
“Now get ready for it to go through the roof, even after finishing eighth in the nation in yards and tenth in scoring, coming up with almost 500 yards and 38 points per game. And why? Eight returning starters including one of the nation’s most statistically fantastic backfields.”