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Opponent Preview: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

This is an updated opponent preview - the original is here, along with the voting.

The Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) have one of the best nicknames in college football. Sadly for the Cajuns', the history of the former Southwestern Louisiana in football doesn't matchup. This is head coach Rickey Bustle's eighth year at Lafayette and he's only won six games in a season three times during that span. Sad thing is - Bustle is an improvement to where ULL used to be in football.

The Cajuns are lead by sophomore quarterback Chris Masson and senior running back Undrea Sails. The Cajuns return all five starters on the offensive line, led by guard Brad Bustle and center Chris Fisher. Bustle, the coach's son, and Fisher were All-Sun Belt last season. Louis Lee is their leading wide receiver with 119 yards while senior tight end Luke Aubrey is leading in receptions with 11. The offense has been balanced this season in terms of play calling, with 98 passes and 97 rushes.

The defense returned eight starters and is currently ranked 75th in total defense, putting them above Virginia Tech (77th), Iowa State (84th), Texas A&M (86th), Colorado (99th), and Florida Atlantic (117th). The leader on defense is linebacker Antwyne Zanders, a two-time all-Sun Belt player. He's currently ranked 12th in the nation with 31 tackles through three games. The defense gives up a lot of yards, though, having given up 380 yards to Southern, 377 to Kansas State, and 330 to LSU. All totaled, ULL opponents are averaging 5.2 yards per play.

On the surface, the Cajuns don't look so bad coming into Lincoln at 2-1, with a home win over Kansas State. However, Kansas State managed to out-gain them and win the turnover battle, yet still lose. Go figure. Last weekend ULL played LSU and lost 31-3, keeping the game relatively close (17-3) the first half and then cashing in early in the third quarter.

This is a body bag game from yet another team out of the Sun Belt Conference. It's special because it's the 300th sell-out, and if you want to spend $29.95 on pay per view to watch the Huskers squash someone while running around in vintage uniforms, then it might be worth it.

It should be a darned good chance to see more of the youngsters, including Cody Green. Then we can talk all week about a quarterback controversy right before we enter Big 12 play. Hey, in that case, buy the game!