New Orleans Bowl 2011: Louisiana-Lafayette Claims First-Ever Bowl Bid

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns are going bowlin' for the first time ever at the FBS level, accepting a spot in the nearby New Orleans Bowl. They'll await their opponent, which would usually be a Conference USA team, but teams like Syracuse, Purdue, and Florida International are looking to snag that bid. The C-USA is top-heavy, you see.

This is the third of RIGHT AROUND SEVENTY bowl bids to be taken off the table, so we're going to be here a while. Elsewhere, the BYU Cougars have reserved their seat at the Armed Forces Bowl, and the Arkansas St. Red Wolves are prepared to take MACtion to the 12th level by entering the Godaddy.com Bowl.

The Cajuns are 8-3, and 6-2 in the Sun Belt, with a game left against Arizona. Mark Hudspeth might not be long for Cajun Field, but he's turned the otherwise lowly program into at very least a one-year wonder during his time on campus. A nine-win campaign would be their best since 1972, when they played in the Southland.

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