Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football: Game-by-game predictions for 2021
Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, August 29, 2021
UL, which finished 10-1 last season, opened 2020 with an upset of nationally ranked Iowa State and hopes to start 2021 in similar fashion at No. 19 Texas.
Sept. 4: at Texas
Last meeting: Texas won, 60-3, on Sept. 3, 2005, in Austin.
The pick: Texas 28, UL 21
Sept. 11: Nicholls
Last meeting: UL won, 70-7, on Sept. 14, 2013, at Cajun Field.
The buzz: Former UL assistant coach Tim Rebowe went 7-2 and made the FCS playoffs each season from 2017-19, then went 4-3 in a condensed 2021 spring season. The Colonels have quite a quarterback in LSU transfer Lindsey Scott Jr., but he faces a tall task.
The pick: UL 42, Nicholls 21
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Sept. 16: Ohio
Last meeting: Ohio won, 38-31, on Oct. 30, 2010, in Athens.
The buzz: The Bobcats, 2-1 in their COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, have a new coach (former offensive coordinator Tim Albin) and an uncertain quarterback situation. But running back De’Montre Tuggle is a good one.
The pick: UL 28, Ohio 20
Sept. 25: at Georgia Southern*
Last meeting: UL won, 20-18, Sept. 26 at Cajun Field.
The buzz: The Cajuns catch the Eagles early enough to take advantage of an unsettled quarterback situation after longtime starter Shai Werts transferred to Louisville, especially with Justin Tomlin ineligible for the season’s first two games.
The pick: UL 24, Georgia Southern 21
Nov. 27: UL Monroe*
Last meeting: UL won, 70-20, Nov. 28 in Monroe.
The buzz: New coach Terry Bowden hired former West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez as offensive coordinator, and Rodriguez brought along his son, Rhett Rodriguez, a graduate transfer quarterback from Arizona.
The pick: UL 49, ULM 21
Final record: 11-1, 8-0 Sun Belt