Mar 1, 2014 11:29 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - Non-conference games in Cajun Field against in-state opponents Southern and Louisiana Tech, non-conference road contests against Ole Miss and Boise State, plus a challenging Sun Belt Conference schedule that features a pair of nationally-televised games highlight the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 2014 football schedule which was released on Saturday.
Louisiana, the defending Sun Belt Conference champion, will play six games at Cajun Field, including dates against league opponents Georgia State (Oct. 4), Arkansas State (Oct. 21), South Alabama (Nov. 1) and newcomer Appalachian State (Nov. 22).
"We are excited to host six quality home games this season at Cajun Field, which will create a tremendous college football atmosphere for our fans," Louisiana Director of Athletics Scott Farmer said. "Our non-conference home schedule features two tremendous in-state programs in Southern and Louisiana Tech, and our games at Ole Miss and Boise State will provide us with the opportunity to play against some of the top teams in college football while continuing to grow a national following.
"With our program playing at least three games on national television, including a mid-week game at Cajun Field, our program which has continued to progress under the successful leadership of Coach (Mark) Hudspeth, our University and our city will be able to reach millions of homes across the country."
The Ragin' Cajuns, who earned their third-straight nine-win season that was capped by a 24-21 victory over Tulane in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, are scheduled to make three appearances on national television this season including games at Ole Miss (SEC Network), plus consecutive ESPN2 contests at Texas State (Oct. 14) and against at Cajun Field against Arkansas State (Oct. 21).
"I think it's great for our fans to have two home games right out of the blocks, and I think that will create a lot of excitement," head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "Having six home games this season is another big boost. With five Saturday games and a nationally-televised Tuesday night contest, we will get a chance to showcase our University and our great city. It will be a great schedule and it will be a lot of fun for our fans."
The Cajuns will open the season on Aug. 30 when it hosts FCS opponent Southern University in the 14th annual Herbert Heymann Classic. The meeting will be the second on the gridiron between the schools and the first since 2009 when a Cajun Field-record 41,357 fans witnessed a 42-19 Louisiana victory.
After facing one in-state opponent to open the season, the Cajuns will face a second the following week when it hosts Louisiana Tech on Sept. 6. The meeting against Tech - the 80th in a series that dates back to 1910 - will be the first between the schools since 2004 with the Bulldogs making their first trip to Cajun Field since 2003.
Back-to-back road games at Ole Miss (Sept. 13) and Boise State (Sept. 20) close out the non-conference schedule with the Cajuns opening Sun Belt Conference play on Oct 4 at home against Georgia State.
The game against the Rebels, who finished 8-5 that included a win in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, will mark the fourth meeting between the schools and the first since 2010. The game will also mark the first trip for Hudspeth, a native of Louisville, Miss., to his native state as a Division I head coach.
"That'll be fun, heading back to my home state and playing an outstanding team in Ole Miss and competing against the SEC," Hudspeth said. "And facing one of the top non-BCS programs in the country in Boise State will be a great measuring stick for our program in determining how far we've come and how far we have to go."
The Cajuns will begin defense of their Sun Belt title on Oct. 4 when they play host to Georgia State before playing the first of consecutive Tuesday night contests on Oct. 14 at Texas State. Louisiana earned victories against both teams in the first-ever matchup between the schools, defeating GSU on the road, 35-28, and posting a 49-28 win at home over the Bobcats.
Louisiana will return to play its final Tuesday night game of the season on Oct. 21 when it faces Arkansas State at Cajun Field. The game will mark the second consecutive Tuesday night game between the schools with the Cajuns earning a 23-7 victory in last year's nationally-televised contest.
The Cajuns will play five games in the month of November, beginning Nov. 1 at home against South Alabama and capped by a Nov. 29 contest at Troy. Louisiana will play consecutive road games at New Mexico State (Nov. 8) and ULM (Nov. 15) before closing out its home schedule on Nov. 22 against Appalachian State.
"We feel like we have a veteran team returning, beginning with our starting quarterback (Terrance Broadway)," Hudspeth said. "I like the direction that we're heading and we're looking forward to spring football as we start putting it all together for another great season.
"Once our season ticket campaign kicks off, I'm really going to count on our fans to make this one of the biggest campaigns we've ever had."
The 2014 Spring Game will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 12 p.m., at Cajun Field.
• Louisiana will open its 113th season of intercollegiate football with a 508-524-34 record. The Cajuns earned their 500th victory in school history with a 70-7 win over Nicholls State on Sept. 14, 2013.
• Louisiana is one of six schools nationally to have won a bowl/postseason game in each of the past three seasons. The Cajuns, with three victories in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, are part of a list that includes Florida State (Champs Sports, Orange, BCS National Championship), Michigan State (Outback, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rose), Oregon (Rose, Fiesta, Alamo), South Carolina (Capitol One, Outback, Capitol One) and Texas A&M (Meinke Car Care, Cotton, Chick-Fil-A).
• The Cajuns will face three teams (Ole Miss - Music City, Boise State - Hawai'I and Arkansas State - GoDaddy) that competed in bowl games during the 2013 season.
• Louisiana has posted a 14-2 record at Cajun Field in the last three seasons under head coach Mark Hudspeth, going 5-0 in 2011, 5-1 in 2012 and 4-1 in 2013.
• With the additions of New Mexico State, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Idaho to the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014 season, the Cajuns will play eight league games after playing seven SBC contests in 2013.
• The Aug. 30 season-opener against Southern will mark the fourth time in school history the Ragin' Cajuns will equal their earliest starting date. The Cajuns opened on Aug. 30 against Pitt (1997), South Carolina (2003) and Southern Miss (2008).
• The Cajuns will face a pair of first-time opponents in 2014 - Boise State (Sept. 20) and Appalachian State (Nov. 22).
Complete Sun Belt Schedule
Abilene Christian at Georgia State
Wake Forest at UL Monroe
Cal Poly at New Mexico State
Appalachian State at Michigan
Montana State at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at NC State
Idaho at Florida
Southern at UL Lafayette
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas State
Troy at UAB
Campbell at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at Tennessee
*New Mexico State at Georgia State
Savannah State at Georgia Southern
Idaho at UL Monroe
Louisiana Tech at UL Lafayette
South Alabama at Kent State
Duke at Troy
Arkansas State at Miami
Air Force at Georgia State
Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech
Western Michigan at Idaho
UL Lafayette at Ole Miss
UL Monroe at LSU
New Mexico State at UTEP
Mississippi State at South Alabama
Navy at Texas State
Abilene Christian at Troy
Appalachian State at Southern Miss
* Georgia Southern at South Alabama
Georgia State at Washington
Idaho at Ohio
UL Lafayette at Boise State
New Mexico at New Mexico State
Texas State at Illinois
Troy at Georgia
* Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
Utah State at Arkansas State
* South Alabama at Idaho
* Troy at UL Monroe
New Mexico State at LSU
Texas State at Tulsa
* South Alabama at Appalachian State
* UL Monroe at Arkansas State
* Georgia State at UL Lafayette
* Georgia Southern at New Mexico State
* Idaho at Texas State
Liberty at Appalachian State
* Arkansas State at Georgia State
* Idaho at Georgia Southern
UL Monroe at Kentucky
* New Mexico State at Troy
* UL Lafayette at Texas State - 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
* Appalachian State at Troy
* Georgia State at South Alabama
* New Mexico State at Idaho
* Arkansas State at UL Lafayette - 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
* Georgia Southern at Georgia State
* Texas State at UL Monroe
* Troy at South Alabama
* Georgia State at Appalachian State
* Idaho at Arkansas State
* Troy at Georgia Southern
* South Alabama at UL Lafayette
UL Monroe at Texas A&M
* Texas State at New Mexico State
* UL Monroe at Appalachian State
* South Alabama at Arkansas State
* Georgia State at Troy
* Georgia Southern at Texas State
Idaho at San Diego State
* UL Lafayette at New Mexico State
* Appalachian State at Arkansas State
* New Mexico State at Georgia State
Georgia Southern at Navy
* Troy at Idaho
* UL Lafayette at UL Monroe
* Texas State at South Alabama
* Appalachian State at UL Lafayette
* Arkansas State at Texas State
Georgia State at Clemson
* UL Monroe at New Mexico State
South Alabama at South Carolina
Navy at South Alabama
* Idaho at Appalachian State
* New Mexico State at Arkansas State
* Texas State at Georgia State
* UL Monroe at Georgia Southern
* UL Lafayette at Troy
* denotes Sun Belt Conference Game
All time Central (CT) and subject to change