FLIPSIDE – Louisiana-Lafayette

Joshua Parrott covers the Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser . His blog can be found here. He was born in Olathe, and how’s this for staying true to his local roots? He said he was “angry” when Texas A&M beat K-State in the 1998 Big 12 Championship, so that should endear him to most of you. Here’s his analysis of what we should expect tomorrow:

Two weeks after a 20-17 loss at Illinois, UL gets another crack at beating a BCS conference team on the road.

This time, the Ragin’ Cajuns play Kansas State in a game I think will be closer than many expect.

The Wildcats will get a good look at UL’s tandem of quarterback Mike Desormeaux and running back Tyrell Fenroy. Prince called those two of the better offensive players his team will play this season, and he’s right.

Desormeaux is tough and athletic enough to get a shot in the NFL, likely as a safety. He’s more of a runner but has completed 70 percent of his passes for 453 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions the past two weeks. Fenroy missed the second half on a season-opening 51-21 loss at Southern Miss but has set school records for career rushing yards and career rushing and receiving yards the past two weeks. Fenroy will also end up in the NFL.

Desormeaux and Fenroy will have to play nearly perfect to give their team a chance. The Cajuns, who have committed eight turnovers this season, must take care of the ball and play like the team that set a school record with 667 yards of offense in last week’s 44-27 win over Kent State.

UL’s biggest issue this season has been its defense. The Cajuns allowed 633 yards in the loss to Southern Miss. Then they bottled up Illinois quarterback Juice Williams in a near upset of the Fighting Illini. A better effort from the running game (87 yards), and the Cajuns likely leave Champaign with a win.

The Cajuns will be able to move the ball against a K-State defense with more speed than size. This game stays close if the Cajuns eliminate turnovers and silly penalties and keep the Wildcats offense from making big plays.

But it will get messy if UL turns it over and K-State quarterback Josh Freeman shreds the Cajuns on defense.

PREDICTION: K-State 31, UL 21