The New Orleans Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2012 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our East Carolina vs. Louisiana Lafayette picks and predictions and trying to beat the New Orleans Bowl odds here at Cappers Info.
New Orleans Bowl Picks: East Carolina Pirates vs. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
Date: Saturday, December 22nd, 12:00 ET
Location: Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Bowl Betting Odds: Louisiana Lafayette -5
East Carolina vs. Louisiana Lafayette Live TV Coverage: ESPN
Last season, the Ragin’ Cajuns played in their first ever bowl game, and they walked away with a win over the San Diego State Aztecs in this very game. Now, they’re back in the Bayou in a de facto home game with an entirely new looking team, but the results really might ultimately be the same against an East Carolina team that feels like it was a weak 8-4 this year. Remember that the Pirates didn’t beat a single team this year that went on to play in a bowl game, as they merely beat up on all of the bad teams in Conference USA.
Even against this lousy schedule, the Pirates really didn’t have much in the way of star players. QB Shane Carden threw for 2,838 yards and 21 TDs against nine picks for the campaign, though he did add eight rushing TDs to that. WR Justin Hardy was great this year, accounting for 1,046 yards and 10 trips to the end zone, while RB Vintavious Cooper rushed for 1,035 yards and seven scores. If you take out these two men though, there wasn’t a man that had more than 354 receiving yards or more than 283 rushing yards.
There were some defensive problems this year, especially in the secondary for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but they made up for it with a surprisingly balanced offense that was able to get some points on the board against some of the best teams in the land. QB Terrance Broadway took over under center for QB Blaine Gautier for the final nine games of the campaign, and he made the most of it. He is an exciting player that threw for 2,526 yards and rushed for 661 yards, and he accounted for 24 total scores. RB Alonzo Harris and RB Effrem Reed are both capable of finding the end zone, and four different receivers had at least 500 yards through the air. The balance is just better for the Cajuns, and they have the home field advantage as well. They should win this one by at least a touchdown.
East Carolina vs. Louisiana Lafayette Pick: Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns -5
New Orleans Bowl Score Prediction: Louisiana Lafayette 37 – East Carolina 21