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Football Opponent Preview: Louisiana

September 5, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Louisiana

Liberty (0-1) will travel to Louisiana (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Saturday for the Flames' first-ever matchup with the Ragin' Cajuns and Liberty's only road game before the month of October.

"4 Downs" with the Ragin' Cajuns
1. Saturday's game will mark Liberty's first road contest of the 2019 season. The Flames are just 1-7 in their last eight road openers, with the lone victory coming at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017. Meanwhile, Louisiana will be playing its 2019 home opener. The Ragin' Cajuns have won their first home game of the season in 10 of the last 11 years, with the only exception being a loss to Boise State on Sept. 3, 2016.
2. Both Liberty and Louisiana are looking to bounce back from setbacks in their season openers. These two teams are not accustomed to slow starts in recent years. Liberty has not begun a season 0-2 since 2012, while the Ragin' Cajuns' last 0-2 start came in 2013. Both teams feature relatively new head coaches. Hugh Freeze will be coaching his second game at Liberty, while Billy Napier is in his second season at Louisiana.
3. After facing zero teams from Louisiana during its first 46 football seasons, Liberty will soon become well acquainted with Pelican State opponents. After Saturday, the Flames have three more matchups scheduled with Louisiana squads in the next two years (2020-21), including one more with Louisiana and two with ULM.
4. Both Liberty and Louisiana committed 4+ turnovers during season-opening losses to Power Five opponents. The Flames turned the ball over four times against Syracuse, while Louisiana committed five miscues versus Mississippi State. Louisiana QB Levi Lewis has made only four career starts, while Liberty QB Stephen Calvert has started 31 times.