San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
A pair of solid running games will be on display when San Diego State and Louisiana-Lafayette meet in the New Orleans Bowl.
San Diego State offense vs. Louisiana-Lafayette defense
• RB Ronnie Hillman is the engine that powers San Diego State's offense, and he'll likely get 20-plus carries in this game. While Hillman has average size and power, he can be an effective between-the-tackles runner because he does a nice job following his blocks and hitting creases at full speed. The key is providing those creases, and the Aztecs' offensive line should be up to the task against the Ragin' Cajuns' defensive front. Louisiana-Lafayette defensive coordinator Greg Stewart uses various fronts and gap responsibilities, which will test a tough and athletic Aztecs offensive line that's better at zone blocking than trying to drive defenders off the ball. However, San Diego State's offensive front is a cohesive unit that has stayed disciplined and made sound adjustments on the fly this season. Stewart has even run some 5-2 fronts that are designed to keep blockers off ILBs Lance Kelley and Jacob Molbert, but the Aztecs can handle those fronts, too, thanks to tight ends and fullbacks who have blocked well.