Louisiana (7-4) at Troy (3-8) (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Veterans Memorial Stadium (30,000) -- Troy, Alabama. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Louisiana 4-2, Troy 2-3. Away Record: Louisiana 3-2, Troy 1-5. Neutral Record: Louisiana 0-0, Troy 0-0. Conference Record: Louisiana 6-1, Troy 3-4. Series Record: Louisiana leads, 10-7.
GAME NOTES: The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Troy Trojans will close out their respective regular seasons on Saturday in a Sun Belt Conference clash at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Louisiana had won six straight prior to last Saturday's home contest with Appalachian State, as it suffered a disappointing 35-16 setback to drop to 6-1 in the Sun Belt, and the best it can hope for is a shared conference title if Georgia Southern (7-0) loses to ULM. The Cajuns are still hopeful for a bowl bid at 7-4 overall.
Troy has endured a lackluster season at 3-8 overall, but it saved its best football for the end of the season with two straight wins to pull to 3-4 in league play. The Trojans had a bye last week following their 34-17 road victory at Idaho on Nov. 15.
The Cajuns have a 10-7 advantage in the all-time series with the Trojans, although the series is even in Troy (3-3).
Although the Cajuns' offense was stifled last week to the tune of just 16 points and 259 yards, they are still an effective unit this season with 29.6 ppg and 411.7 ypg.
The offense revolves around a potent rushing attack that picks up 219.0 ypg. Elijah McGuire is the top dog in the backfield with 996 yards (7.3 ypc) and 12 touchdowns, and he's also the team's leading receiver (40 receptions, 414 yards, two TDs). Alonzo Harris is much less explosive than McGuire (651 yards, 4.6 ypc), but he also has a nose for the end zone with nine scores.
Quarterback Terrence Broadway has done his part on the ground as well with 568 yards and two touchdowns, but he's been erratic as a passer, completing 60.3 percent of his throws for 1,926 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
James Butler (28 receptions, 398 yards) and Al Riles (28 receptions, 311 yards, TD) haven't helped out their quarterback much with uninspired play out wide.
Defensively, Louisiana has disappointed by ranking in the middle of the Sun Belt pack in both points (28.4) and yards (424.5) allowed per game while forcing a modest 14 turnovers.
Christian Ringo is an elite pass-rusher with 19.0 TFL and 10.5 sacks. Other defensive playmakers include Dominique Tovell (66 tackles, 8.0 TFL), Corey Trim (61 tackles, 4.0 TFL, two INTs) and Justin Hamilton (8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks).
Troy's offense (21.7 ppg, 360.5 ypg) has been a disappointment this season, but the unit has shown improvement down the stretch by scoring at least 34 points in back-to-back games.
Brandon Silvers has been efficient under center by completing greater than 68 percent of his passes while throwing only three interceptions, but in a conservative offense he throws for just 156.4 ypg and has accounted for 13 touchdowns.
The run-heavy squad has a trio of backs it calls upon. Brandon Burks (90 carries, 534 yards, three TDs) leads the way and also has 20 receptions, while Jordan Chunn (100 carries, 479 yards, six TDs) and Khary Franklin (331 yards, three TDs) are worked in too.
A modest receiving corps is anchored by Chandler Worthy (36 receptions, 356 yards, three TDs) and Bryan Holmes (32 receptions, 433 yards, four TDs).
The poor play of the Trojans' defense (35.6 ppg, 451.1 ypg) has also held them back this season, but in their latest game they kept Idaho scoreless in the second half.
Montres Kitchens is well on his way to an all-conference selection at year's end with 83 tackles and six interceptions. Jamal Stadom (53 tackles) has 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, Femi Odaibo has picked off three passes and Tyler Roberts has registered 9.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks.
The Trojans have saved their best football for the end of the season and will been amped up to continued their winning streak at home. However, the Cajuns will be extra focused after a loss and will end the season on a high note.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana 38, Troy 28Game Date and Time
Saturday, November 29, 12:30 p.m. (ET)