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Written by Slim   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 23:44

Unless you're a big FCS football fan, from Louisiana, or a graduate of McNeese State University, I doubt you know very much about the Tiger's next opponent.  Not to worry, we're here to help.  Here's a few quick facts about McNeese State University.

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Look familiar?  Probably not.

University Info:

Location:  Lake Charles, Louisiana

Enrollment:  8,095

Type:  Public

Nickname:  Cowboys

Colors:  Blue and Gold

Founded:  1939

Random:  McNeese State offers a major called, "Terrorism, Preparedness, and Security."

Football Info:

Record:  1-0 (Defeated Lamar last week 30-27)

Conference:  Southland

Ranking:  Currently ranked 10th in the FCS coaches poll (North Dakota State is 21st for comparison).

Attendance:  A capacity crowd of 19,235 witnessed McNeese State's week one victory.

Offense:  Put up 30 points, 495 total yards, and no turnovers in week one.

Stars:  Senior quarterback Jacob Bower went 18-31 for 288 yards and 2 TD's last week.  Meanwhile, freshman tailback Marcus Wiltz carried the ball 26 times for 182 yards.

Defense:  The Cowboys allowed 426 yards and three TD's through the air in week one.  Their opponent, Lamar, is in only their second year of varsity football.  However, McNeese only allowed 20 yards rushing.

Quotes:  McNeese State Head Coach  Matt Viator -

"Missouri will be a tough challenge.  Anytime you go and play in front of 74,000 people in that kind of atmosphere, it's always a challenge."  (Hey, if Mizzou can pack 74,000 into "The Zou," this weekend, count me as impressed).

On Blaine Gabbert: "He's big and can throw it and run it.  He's certainly scary."

On Aldon Smith: "No. 85 is as good as any we've played against since I've been here... I'm not sure what we're going to do with him... They are huge up front and hopefully we can stay out of third and long situations."

On Missouri's offense: "Missouri is among the national leaders in passing yards.  They're going to throw for yards.  We hope to improve back there (secondary) and be more sound in what we're doing, do a better job tackling and try to limit them as much as we can.  They threw for over 300 yards against Texas last year.  They are good in what they do.  They throw it and 50 percent of the time have five wides and the other 50 percent of the time they motion one of the guys in and make him a running back.  They throw the ball, they're going to get the yards.

"I know  that its going to be a tough challenge.  Our players are excited.  Anytime you get the opportunity to play in that type of environment on the road, it's exciting.

"Our players love it.  They'll play in front of 74,000 people and they're excited.



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