The McNeese Cowboys will close out the home portion of their schedule Saturday evening when they host the Northwestern State Demons. The Cowboys are 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Southland Conference. NSU is 3-6 and 3-4 in the SLC. McNeese leads the all time series 45-20-1 and has won the last 11 meetings. Northwestern has not beaten McNeese since 2004 and the Demons have not won in Lake Charles since 1988. McNeese comes into the game ranked 18/20 in the 2 FCS polls.

The Cowboys defense is now the best in all of D1 college football giving up just under 60 yards per game. The DWA has allowed 3 touchdowns on the ground through 9 games. On offense, Justin Pratt has rushed for 650 while David Hamm has rushed for 648. The 2 running backs have scored 8 touchdowns. QB James Tabary has thrown for 2030 yards and 17 TDs, and Kent Shelby will be out to extend his reception streak to 34 games.

Northwestern State uses a pair of quarterbacks, J D Almond and Clay Holgorsen. They have combined for 1672 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Chris Jones has run for 613 yards on 136 carries and 5 TDs. The Demons have won their last 2 games including last week's OT win vs Abilene Christian, 26-23.

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