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NCAAF Profiles: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns

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27 Sep 2022, 18:24 GMT+10

The Lousiana Ragin' Cajuns are the college football team for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They are a member of the Sun Belt Conference and have been playing since 1901.

The Lousiana Ragin' Cajuns have had many successful players come out of the team. This makes rookies coming from the Ragin' Cajuns good to keep an eye on for NCAAF odds.

They have been playing for over 100 years as a team and have had many names attached to them. Despite their most recent name only being used since 2017, the Ragin' Cajuns have continued to be a memorable team.

In this article, we will outline the history of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, what rivalries they hold with other teams, and what notable players have joined the NFL from the Ragin' Cajuns.

History

From 1921, the Ragin' Cajuns were originally known as the Southwestern Louisiana Bulldogs, or more simply just the Bulldogs. It wouldn't be until 1974 when they would start to be called the Ragin' Cajuns. Up until 2017, the team was known as the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns but the 'Lafayette' portion was dropped as part of a rebrand.

Louisiana has been a part of the Gulf States Conference, Southland Conference, Big West Conference, and the Sun Belt Conference which they have been a part of since 2001.

Championships

In total, the Ragin' Cajuns have won 10 championships, one of which has been vacated. The 2013 co-championship had to be vacated because of NCAA violations.

They have been co-champions for all of their victories as of 2021 bar 3. Them being 1968, 1970, and 2021.

The 2020 championship wasn't played due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the teams were declared co-champions. However, the Lafayette Mayor-President declared the Ragin' Cajuns as the sole victors after recognizing that the College Football Playoff committee had no jurisdiction and they didn't want to diminish the achievements of the Ragin' Cajuns 2020 season.

The Ragin' Cajuns won 4 divisional championships in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Rivalries

Most of the Ragin' Cajuns rivalries are no longer active, some of the main ones being with Lamar, McNeese State, and Southeastern Louisiana.

The rivalry with Lamar was for the Sabine Shoe trophy. This rivalry was active between 1923 and 2012. The trophy currently sits in the Ragin' Cajun Athletic Complex after they won 22 of the games to Lamars 11.

The Cajun Crown was the trophy between Louisiana and McNeese State. The first match for this trophy took place in 1951 with the last being 2016. McNeese State currently holds the lead at 20-16-2 with Louisiana winning the final game in 2016.

The rivalry between the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Southeastern Louisiana Lions was for the Cypress Mug. The rivalry mainly lasted between 1930 and 1981 but 2 games took place in 2017 and 2022 of which the Ragin' Cajuns won both.

Their most current rivalry is against the Lousiana Monroe-Warhawks. This rivalry has taken place almost annually since 1951. This rivalry is also known as the Battle on the Bayou with the Ragin' Cajuns currently holding the 31-26 lead.

Notable Players

The Ragin' Cajuns have produced a lot of notable NFL players but we have included only a few of the most decorated players on this list.

Brian Mitchell

Mitchell was originally drafted into the Washington Redskins in 1990. He is considered one of the greatest return specialists in NFL history.

He was a part of the Washington Redskins when they won the Super Bowl in 1992.

Mitchell currently holds the NFL career records for most kickoff return yards, punt return yards, and total return yards.

Brandon Stokley

Stokley was drafted into the Baltimore Raven in 1999 and has since played for 6 teams. He was a part of the winning team in the 2001, 2007, and 2012 Super Bowl championships.

Ike Taylor

Taylor was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 draft. He is a 2 time Super Bowl Champion (2006 and 2009).

Charles Tillman

Tillman was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2003 and currently holds the record for the most forced fumbles in a game. He currently works as an FBI agent.

Elijah McGuire

McGuire was drafted to the New York Jets in 2017 and is currently a free agent. He was a part of the winning team in the 2020 Super Bowl.

Final Thoughts

Between 2011 and 2014, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns won 3 consecutive New Orleans Bowls, which is their best stretch to date.

They currently play at the Cajun Field which has served as their home field since 1970. It was announced in 2021 that the stadium was going to undergo a $75 million renovation that will improve amenities.

It cannot be argued that the Ragin' Cajuns produce formidable players who bring their all to the field.

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