Football on the Fringe Season Previews were ranked, then delivered in random order.
The Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns 2009 campaign started off with a bang, beating Kansas State in week 2 for their first win over a BCS opponent since 1996. But the momentum fizzled down the stretch, and despite finishing 6-6, Louisiana was not selected for postseason play.
Ryan Masson, the starting quarterback, returns with seven offensive teammates and six others on the defensive side. The coaching staff is stable and the Sun Belt always offers room for a good team to emerge, but the nonconference schedule is going to make life difficult for the Cajuns again. Read Post
The last full week of the season came by with a bit of a whimper for the Sun Belt. The Louisianas both needed upsets to get up to 7-5 and into better bowl position, but both came up short and will almost certainly call their seasons over at this point. Middle Tennessee continues to be a big bright spot for the league, earning their 9th win, which gives them the best record in the at-large bowl pool by two games. Things aren’t all done yet, as there are a few games coming up this weekend, including Western Kentucky’s last chance to send their coach on his way with one win on Thursday night.
Things get interesting in the Belt this week, with a matchup of conference favorites and some quality out of conference opponents lined up as well. There are teams that will take big steps forward towards the New Orleans Bowl bef0re Saturday is out.
Week 2 had its ups and downs for the Belt. Their teams mostly struggled against the BCS leagues, but Louisiana Lafayette scored big with a win over Kansas State. Things are shaping up to be very interesting when conference play really gets going. Read Post