Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Team: McNeese State Cowboys

Head Coach: Lance Guidry

Team Mascot: Rowdy

Year Opened: 1965

Capacity: 17610

City / State: Lake Charles / Louisiana

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Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Red Beans and Rice Bowl

Rival Team: Central Arkansas Bears

The Red Beans and Rice Bowl is the name of the annual rivalry game between the McNeese State Cowboys and Central Arkansas Bears. The rivalry is named after the importance the rice industry has in both Louisiana and Arkansas, and each year the winner takes home a bronze bowl trophy. The series is tied at 5-5, so make sure to be in attendance when the Cowboys try to take the lead this season.

Battle of the Border

Rival Team: Lamar Cardinals

McNeese State and Lamar have a fierce rivalry in all sports, especially football. The Cowboys and Cardinals rivalry dates back to 1951, and the Border Battle is a must-see matchup for any fan of either school. Don’t miss it when the Cowboys take on the Cardinals as you’ll be in for a good game.

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McNeese State vs Northwestern State

Rival Team: Northwestern State Demons

The rivalry between McNeese State and Northwestern State began in 1951, and it has been going strong ever since. The Cowboys hold a 44-21-1 lead in the all-time series, so come out and cheer them on as they look to extend their lead.

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Cajun Crown

Rival Team: Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

The winner of the rivalry game between McNeese State and UL-Lafayette takes home the Cajun Crown. The rivalry between these two schools began in 1951 and is one of the Cowboys’ oldest rivalries. The two teams don’t play as frequently as they used to do to the Cowboys move from Division I-A to Division I-AA in 1982, but that doesn't’ mean you won’t see a good game when these two Louisiana-based rivals square off.

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Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Team: McNeese State Cowboys

Head Coach: Lance Guidry

Team Mascot: Rowdy

Year Opened: 1965

Capacity: 17610

City / State: Lake Charles / Louisiana

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