December 18, 2013

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Pick: Tulane vs. LA Lafayette

This Saturday is the first day of the college football bowl games and the night cap on ESPN is the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl featuring Tulane against LA Lafayette. The bowl schedule could be saving the best for last as this game as the potential to be one of the best games on the opening day slate. The Ragin’ Cajuns are used to playing in this bowl game as they will be making their third straight appearance in this game.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Tulane vs. LA Lafayette Preview

The college football bowl game odds for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl opened with Tulane as slim one point favorites. Since Tulane also plays locally they are getting the attention of several sports bettors. According to the college football sports betting consensus site the Green Wave are getting 57 percent of the betting action. This point spread has not moved but make sure to shop around at the top rated online sportsbooks leading up to kickoff.

This game has an important injury to keep an eye on. Quarterback Terrance Broadway, who fractured a small bone in his forearm in the Nov. 30 loss to Louisiana-Monroe and underwent surgery, may be available for this game. Without him in the lineup, the Ragin’ Cajuns will have to rely on three redshirt freshman quarterbacks. That will be a big target for an improved Green Wave defense.

Tulane has backed into this bowl game as they have lost three of the last four football games. The one highlight of this team will be the defense. The Green Wave allowed 30 points over its last three games and tied for 19th nationally in scoring defense (21.2) this season.

The Green Wave comes into this game with plenty of supporting betting trends. The Green Wave are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game, 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games on turf and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.

In fact both teams have some positive trends. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 games following a straight up loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games on turf.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Tulane vs. LA Lafayette Pick

If Broadway is back in the lineup the Ragin’ Cajuns will be the play in this bowl game. They are 11-3 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record and will have the edge in this game playing in a familiar atmosphere. Tulane is backing into this bowl game and will continue to underperform as they lose the New Orleans Bowl.

Ragin’ Cajuns +1