HATTIESBURG, MS - Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 52nd time when the two schools line up December 17 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Golden Eagle head coach Jay Hopson says he and his team were excited to find out they'd be renewing what's been a storied matchup with the Ragin' Cajuns. Southern Miss owns the all-time series record with Louisiana-Lafayette 39-11-1.
"I think it's a great game," Hopson said. "It's a team that we have the utmost respect for. Two teams with great football traditions. It should be a big crowd. You never know, we have to all show up there on Saturday on both sides but it has the making of one of the bigger bowl draws in the country this year. I think it's going to be one of those games that's going to draw a tremendous crowd and it should be a great setting for football."
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has been a familiar venue for the Ragin' Cajuns as of late. This will be ULL's sixth appearance in the New Orleans Bowl in seven years.
Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth, a Louisville, Mississippi native and former Delta State player, is quite familiar with the Golden Eagles.
"That's a program that has a lot of tradition," Hudspeth said. "I know a lot about that program being from the state of Mississippi. I know a lot about their success, their tradition, their great players they've had come through their program. They've probably been, over the test of time, the top Division I program, win-wise, in the state over the long haul. They have been consistent."
Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette kick off at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 17. The 16th annual New Orleans Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.