No. 19 Louisiana looks to keep rolling at Georgia State

Louisiana runs out of the tunnel as a ranked team for the first time since World War II Saturday when the Ragin’ Cajuns visit Georgia State in their Sun Belt Conference opener.With their 31-14 victory over Iowa State last week, the Cajuns (1-0) earned their first Associated Press poll ranking since Nov. 1, 1943.At No. 19 they are the fourth-highest-ranked Group of Five team behind No. 13 Cincinnati, No. 14 UCF and No. 16 Memphis and ahead of Sun Belt colleague No. 24 Appalachian State. The Sun Belt went 3-0 against the Big 12 last weekend.Georgia State will be playing its opener. The Panthers return 16 starters from a 7-6 team that started last season with a win at Tennessee. Coach Shawn Elliott has taken the Panthers to a bowl in two of his first three years.”I’m very impressed with Georgia State and the improvements they made last year,” Cajuns coach Billy Napier said. “I thought they were one of the best teams in our league last year.”One of the three new starters on offense for the Panthers will be at quarterback, where redshirt freshman Cornelious “Quad” Brown IV will take over for Dan Ellington. Brown played in only four games last year to preserve his redshirt season, completing 11 of 28 passes for 130 yards with an interception.He earned the starting role over two other redshirt freshmen, K.J. Harvey and Vanderbilt transfer Jamil Muhammad. A fourth quarterback candidate, highly regarded signee Mikele Colasurdo, is playing catchup after battling COVID-19 earlier this summer.An early test indicated possible myocarditis issues for Colasurdo but further evaluation confirmed that he does not suffer from myocarditis or other heart ailment, and he has been cleared medically.”It’s been a long, unusual camp,” Elliott said. “To some degree it’s been good and to some degree we’ve had some stoppage in play. But we’re ready to get going.”