The Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns square off with the Tulane Green
Wave in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
According to college football betting odds the game is a pick’em,
and there’s been no total posted at the time of this writing.
Home field Advantage for Tulane
The Tulane Green Wave will have the benefit of playing in a bowl
on the same field in which their regular season home games take place. Although
this isn’t a first, it’s somewhat of rare occurrence, and one that can greatly
benefit a Tulane program that had endured 10 straight losing seasons prior to
2013. UL-Lafayette finished the season
by winning 4 of their last 5 road games.
Tulane finished the season 4th in the 6-team CUSA West.
Tulane became bowl eligible in game 8 of the season after defeating Tulsa 14-7
which made them 6-2 on the year. The Green Wave finished the regular season by
losing 3 of their last 4. They do own a couple of wins this season over bowl
participants North Texas and East Carolina. Head coach Curtis Johnson had done
a remarkable job of turning things around at Tulane in just his 2nd
year on the job. The Green Wave especially improved on the defensive side of
the ball. They went from last in Conference USA in total and scoring defense,
to the best in the conference this season. They allow just 21.2 points per game
which is 20th nationally as well.
Rajin’ Cajuns Return
This will be the 3rd straight appearance for
UL-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl. After opening the season with losses on
the road versus Arkansas and Kansas State, the Rajin’ Cajuns reeled off 8 wins
in a row, and were in prime position be the undisputed Sun Belt Conference
champions. Unfortunately, they hit a brick wall in their final 2-games losing
to in state rival UL-Monroe as a 17.5-point home favorite, and then getting
walloped in their regular season finale at South Alabama 30-8. In doing so they
had to share the conference crown with Arkansas St.
Return on Broadway
It’s no coincidence that the loss of starting quarterback Terrence
Broadway to a broken left arm occurred versus UL-Monroe, and coincided with
their 2-game losing streak to finish the season. Head coach Mark Hudspeth has
indicated he’s confident that Broadway will be able to play in the bowl game.
Broadway finished the 2013 regular season by throwing for 2276 yards for 19
touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions, all while completing 62.1% of his pass
attempts. The junior also ran for 421 yards and 8 touchdowns as well. He was
replaced in the South Alabama game by redshirt freshmen Brooks Haack who was
just 5-14 for 49 yards, with no touchdowns, and 1 interception. During the
Rajin’ Cajuns 8-game winning streak they scored 35-points or more in 7 of those
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It’s much too early for me to make a definitive call on this game,
especially with the status of Broadway being uncertain. It will definitely be a
contrast of styles, with Tulane relying heavily on their stout defense, and
UL-Lafayette leaning on a very potent rushing attack. The home field advantage
for Tulane in this contest isn’t as big of an advantage as it would be for the
majority of programs. It will also be offset by the fact that the Rajin’ Cajuns
will be making their 3rd straight appearance in the New Orleans
Bowl. I have the smallest of leans at this juncture toward UL-Lafayette for my college football picks.
College Football Bowl Pick: UL-Lafayette (Pick) over Tulane