Keys to the Game: Louisiana-Lafayette

With a 4-1 start to the 2013 season on the line, Texas State will try to once again turn some heads around the nation. Staff writers Cameron Irvine and Drew Barbetta give their keys to Saturday's showdown.

Cameron's Keys:

Stuff the Run

The Ragin' Cajuns are the best rushing team the Bobcats have faced thus far. Texas State comes into the game as the 3rd best rushing defense, giving up 62.5 yards per game. Something has to give and it needs to be the Bobcats that win the battle. Putting all the pressure on Lafayette's Terrance Broadway and making him uncomfortable, who has thrown an interception in all four games this season, is crucial.

Goal: less than 100 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns allowed.

Channeling last week

I feel like it's all about the running games of both teams today. A great running game is a true freshman's friend, especially when the true freshman is making his first road start in a hostile environment. Jones may not need an excellent day from his backs, but it certainly wouldn't hurt

Goal:200 yards rushing, 2 rushing touchdowns

Prediction:While I picked against Texas State last week and lost and have picked against the Bobcats the last two weeks, this is a tough task for a true freshman that may have some adjusting to do this week. If this was a lesser opponent, I would hands down take the 'Cats but this one may be tough for Cat fans to bear. Texas State 24, Lafayette 27.

Drew's Keys:

Pocket Time

Tyler Jones is returning for the second start of his career. He's a freshman still and will need some extra time in the pocket to make good decisions and play mistake-free ball. He didn't take any sacks or hard hits last game, and the 'Cats need to make sure it stays that way on the road. Jones threw a pick last week that should have never been released, but it was because he had no way outside of congested pocket.

Goal: 0 Sacks/Interceptions given up

Takeaways

Hopefully this should be easy for Texas State seeing that UL Lafayette is 3rd in the nation in fumbles lost and 24th in interceptions thrown. The home team should be worried seeing that Texas State is top 25 in both takeaway categories. In order to win in Lafayette, State will need to play hungry defensively, which hasn't been too much of a problem thus far.

Goal: 2 Forced Fumbles, 3 Sacks, 1 Interception

Prediction: After selling Bobcat Nation short last week, the Cat's will win 28-14.

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