R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Pick: Tulane vs. Louisiana Lafayette Picks
- Updated: December 18, 2013
Date/Time: December 21st, 9:00 ET
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Point Spread: Tulane -1.5
It’s not all that often that we see two teams which have played against each other historically playing in a bowl game, but for the Tulane Green Wave and the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, it makes a lot of sense. Both of these teams can hop on a bus and quickly get to the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, where they will be kicking off on the first Saturday night of the bowl season.
QB Nick Montana is a big question mark at this point, and he is a part of the reason why this game is largely off the board as of the 15th at a lot of sportsbooks. Montana has a shoulder problem, but we fully expect him to be out there when push comes to shove. Don’t let the son of QB Joe Montana fool you for being one of these elite quarterbacks. He’s leading a bad offense which barely averaged 300 yards per game this year. Where Tulane made it to the bowl season was with its defense. The team only allowed a total of 30 points in its last three games of the season, and that includes games against the Rice Owls and UT San Antonio Roadrunners on the road, games in which they were monstrous underdogs. Tulane held seven of its 12 opponents to 17 points or fewer this year. The Green Wave won five games SU as underdogs, including four in a row from the end of September through the whole month of October.
ULL was supposed to be one of the best teams in the Sun Belt this year, but what we found out is that the team around QB Terrance Broadway probably isn’t all that great. Broadway made this team dynamic, but when he missed out on the last game of the season against the South Alabama Jaguars, the proof was in the pudding. The offense, which averaged over 35 points and almost 450 yards per game prior to the final game of the year, managed just 212 total yards and eight points against the Jaguars, a middling team at best in the Sun Belt. We still aren’t all that sure if Broadway is going to be in or out of the fold thanks to his ankle injury, and that’s what is really causing this line to be up in the air at the moment. Obviously, Broadway’s presence could be worth at least two touchdowns in this one in relation to what the Louisiana Lafayette offense seems capable of putting up without him.
Last season, these two teams met at Cajun Field, but the circumstances were much different. The Green Wave were one of the worst teams in the FBS, and they were 30.5-point underdogs. They did cover on that day, but that doesn’t make Tulane feel any better after getting smacked 41-13. The Ragin’ Cajuns have only played in two bowl games before, and they happen to be the 2011 and 2012 New Orleans Bowls. ULL managed to win and cover both games, giving it more bowl success in its history than a lot of the teams which are playing this early in the bowl season.