In Thibodaux, La., Saturday afternoon, there will be a matchup of two injury-decimated teams with nothing to play for but pride and seniors.
But both University of Central Arkansas coach Clint Conque and Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs consider there are important things in their final two games of the season.
"No. 1 goal at the beginning of the season is to send our seniors out winners — or at least non-losers," said Conque, whose Bears are 5-5 with two games to go. "These seniors, those who can play and those who cannot, have been a part of a lot of victories.
"It’s also a chance for continued development of our younger players and to get some momentum going into recruiting and the offseason."
"We’re a shell of the team that we started with but we’re excited because it’s the last home game for 23 seniors who have meant a lot to me as we’ve tried to build this program," said Stubbs. "Football mirrors life in that you don’t always achieve what you want, but you can never quit.
"We want to send our seniors out on a high note. When your schedule has three FBS teams, it’s hard to put together a winning season, but we have been a lot more competitive than in the past. I’m seen growth and we still have a lot to play for."
It usually hasn’t been easy when Conque has taken a team to his alma mater.
"They play three different quarterbacks and they all bring different things to the table," said Conque. "They come at you with a lot of motion and formations. Their defense will strike you. They are giving up a lot of big plays but they will get you on the ground. They are giving up some points but they are scoring a lot of points."
"When we execute in all three phases, offense, defense and kicking game, we are a pretty good football team," said Stubbs. "But we have to have all three phases"