Tulane Vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: Cure Bowl Trends & Betting History

Jay Pryce

Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:30 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 12:30 PM UTC

A Bayou Battle between Tulane and Louisiana is on tap in the 2018 Cure Bowl. The Green Wave are slight favorites in the betting market. Read more for bowl lines, trends and history.

The 2018 Cure Bowl between Tulane and Louisiana is a rematch of the 2013 R+L Carriers Bowl, where the Ragin’ Cajuns claimed a 24-21 victory as a small 1-point underdog. The Green Wave are a 3-point favorite for the Dec. 15 matchup at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

First played in 2015, Cure Bowl proceeds go to funding breast cancer research and awareness. It invites American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference programs, if qualified, each season.

Cure Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana

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Cure Bowl Results
Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS OUr
2015 San Jose St. Georgia St. 27-16 -2 56 W U
2016 Arkansas St. Central Florida 31-13 4 50 W U
2017 Georgia St. Western Kentucky 27-17 5 52 W U

Cure Bowl Key Betting Numbers

Average Victory Margin: 13.0
Average Line: -2.3
Favorite ATS: 1-2
Average Total: 52.7
O/U Record: 0-3
O/U Margin: -9.0
Largest Underdog Upset: Georgia State (+5) 27, W. Kentucky 17 (2017)
Largest Spread: Western Kentucky -5 (2017)
Largest Rout: Arkansas St. 31, Central Florida 13 (2016)

Cure Bowl Summary & Trends

The winner has covered every spread, which includes two underdog straight-up victories.

The “under” is a perfect 3-0 with rushing defense the feature. Teams combine for just 124.0 yards per game on the ground.

The winning team in every contest owns the better scoring defense. Tulane enters yielding 28.8 points per game, as opposed to 35.1 for Louisiana.

Conference H2H: AAC vs. Sun Belt

The AAC is 10-3 SU and 6-6-1 ATS all-time, kicking off a -13.1 average favorite. It is covering the spread by 3.9 points per game. AAC offenses run wild in head-to-ead battles, averaging a healthy 42.6 points per game.

All but two matchups have come at home for AAC squads. The lone neutral-site encounter was Arkansas State’s 31-13 upset over Central Florida in the 2016 Cure Bowl.

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A Bayou Battle will be taking over #ANCureBowl Week. Take a look at some of the events we have in store for @RaginCajunsFB and @GreenWaveFB. Make your plans to come to Orlando to take part!

Together, #WeCanTackleThis pic.twitter.com/81zGDWg50g

— AutoNation Cure Bowl (@CureBowl) 3 de dezembro de 2018

Tulane Green Wave (6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS)
  • Seasons: 114
  • Bowl Record: 4-7 SU, 2-3 ATS (since 1980)
  • Coach, Bowl Record: Willie Fritz (0-0 SU

Fritz, a long-time NCAA Division II coach is no stranger to postseason play, appearing in 11 playoff games coaching Central Missouri and Sam Houston State. During a two-year stint coaching Georgia Southern, in which he guided the program to its first bowl game ever in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl, he left for Tulane prior to the Eagles’ 58-27 rout of Bowling Green.

Tulane vs. Sun Belt
  • SU Record: 4-4
  • Average Margin: -1.2
  • ATS Record: 3-5
  • Average Line: 3.7

Since 1988, Tulane is 6-6 SU and 3-9 ATS head-to-head against the Ragin’ Cajuns, coming up 5.6 points shy of a -7.2 average line. It’s failed to cover the spread in all three since Louisiana joined the Sun Belt in 2001.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (7-6 SU, 9-3-1 ATS)
  • Seasons: 46
  • Bowl Record: 4-1
  • Coach, Bowl Record: Billy Napier, (0-0 SU)

Two of Louisiana's four bowl victories since 2011, all coming in the New Orleans Bowl, were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

Louisiana vs. AAC
  • SU Record: 0-2
  • Average Margin: -13.0
  • ATS Record: 1-1
  • Average Line: 9.2

In two ACC tilts against Tulane (2016) and Tulsa (2017), the Ragin’ Cajuns have been flamed for 53.5 points per game.

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