Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun football team opens up their 2017 regular season schedule on Saturday, when coach Mark Hudspeth’s squad plays host to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in a non-conference contest.

The annual Herbert Heymann Classic will serve as the season opener for both teams.

Pregame coverage begins at 4 pm on ESPN 1420 and espn1420.com, with the rest of the network, including Hot 107.9 and 1079ishot.com, joining the broadcast at 5 o'clock.

Kickoff time at Cajun Field is set for 6 pm.

Louisiana, who will be playing in their 116th season on college football, finished 6-7 last season, including a 28-21 loss to Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl, their 5th New Orleans Bowl appearance over the past 6 years.

Offensively, the Cajuns averaged 23.6 points-per-game last season, along with 357.2 total yards, 178.9 rushing yards, and 178.2 passing yards, while allowing 25.3 points, 379.1 total yards, 129.2 rushing yards, and 249.9 passing yards.

Southeastern Louisiana, who went 7-4 in 2016, is an FCS school out of the Southland Conference.

Offensively, the Lions averaged 29.0 points last year, along with 397.5 total yards, 181.0 rushing yards, and 216.6 passing yards a contest, while allowing 29.8 points, 402.8 total yards, 218.6 passing yards, and 184.3 rushing yards.

UL and SLU have met 39 times, with Louisiana holding a 19-17-3 all-time advantage.

The Lions won the last meeting between the two schools, 7-0, back in 1981.

The 39-game series with Southeastern Louisiana in football is the sixth-longest for the  Cajuns in school history.

Louisiana holds an 11-9-2 lead over the Lions at Cajun Field, while the series is tied at 8-8-1 in Hammond.

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