There was a theory out there that UL's competitive 27-17 loss at Appalachian State in October wasn't a clear indication of how close the Ragin' Cajuns were to the Sun Belt's elite program.

Sure, it was by far the closest the Cajuns had come to actually beating the Mountaineers in five tries, but Appalachian State had just lost their leading rusher for the season and somehow weren't operating at maximum precision just yet