Can Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Stay on Top?

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It’s hard to find a coach who has done a better job at a smaller FBS program than Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth. After taking over a team that was 3-9 in 2010, the Cajuns have reeled off three straight 9-4 seasons and three straight New

Dec 21, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns director of athletics Scott Farmer, university president Joseph Savoie and head coach Mark Hudspeth hold the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl trophy after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 24-21, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 21, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns director of athletics Scott Farmer, university president Joseph Savoie and head coach Mark Hudspeth hold the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl trophy after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 24-21, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Orleans Bowl victories.

Now, coming off a Sun Belt Conference championship, who do they take the next step? How can they get to 10 or 11 wins, reel off consecutive Sun Belt titles, and score some big time college football wins against major opponents? With games against Ole Miss, Boise State, and another potential bowl opponent, the opportunities will be there this year. What’s the first step?

By returning almost all of the talent from the previous season in which you won the conference, of course. With 18 of the 22 starters back, plus all the kickers, there are hardly any questions about this team this upcoming season, and the depth is going to be incredible.

About the only questions facing the Ragin’ Cajuns revolve around whether or not they can make that next jump. There have been three really good seasons, but I’m sure Cajun fans now want some more.

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