NSU (5-5, 2-3 Southland Conference) has been on a roll with two consecutive victories over Central Arkansas and Lamar, however if the Demons hope to defeat the Cowboys, they have two accomplishments to overcome.
The Demons are under an eight-game losing streak to McNeese overall and an 11-game losing streak in Lake Charles.
“This is another tall challenge and mountain to climb,” NSU head coach Jay Thomas said. “Coach Viator [keeps that team] rolling and they are well balanced in every phase of the game. There’s not many weaknesses they have and they do a tremendous job at coaching.”
McNeese (8-2, 4-1) is looking to make it back to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly Division I-AA) Playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The Cowboys have built an impressive résumé of wins that includes a 53-21 thrashing of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe South Florida Aug. 31.
“They have a good football team,” Thomas said. “We’ll have to play our best game. Playing down at their place difficult. It’s a great place to play a game, but it’s a challenge for our guys to go.”
Cowboy Stadium recently has not been kind to the Northwestern State as it has been 25 years since they have won there.
The last win at McNeese’s home came Oct. 8, 1988, when NSU won 25-20 en route to a Southland title and run to the Division I-AA quarterfinals.
The Demons will take on the Cowboys at 7 p.m. tonight and the game will be broadcast on the Demon Sports Network and ESPN3.