New Orleans Bowl – Tulane Green Wave vs Louisiana Lafayette Rajun Cajuns
Date and Time: Saturday 12/21/13 at 9:00pm on ESPN
Game Line: Tulane -2.5 (from JustBet)
Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl NCAA Football Analysis: Louisiana-Lafayette finds themselves in a familiar spot in the New Orleans Bowl for the third straight year where they have won the last two. Things will be different this time around, playing a Tulane team who plays their home games in the city of New Orleans and is looking for their first bowl win since 2002. The Ragin’ Cajuns won eight straight games this year between season opening and season closing two game losing streaks. A 30-8 loss to South Alabama cost Louisiana Lafayette their first outright Sun Belt Title and they had to settle for a co-championship with Arkansas State. Quarterback Terrance Broadway missed the final game of the season with a broken arm and his status for Saturday’s game is uncertain. Tulane, however, is preparing as if he will play and his 19 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns will be a big factor if he does. Louisiana Lafayette plays much better with Broadway at quarterback, averaging 41 points per game in the games before he was injured and beating Tulane 41-13 last season with Broadway at the helm. Tulane Coach Curtis Johnson is also anticipating he will have his own starting quarterback, Nick Montana, who has been slowed down with a shoulder injury late in the season. Montana, son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana separated his shoulder in their season finale but the team says he will be ready to go. Tulane really struggled to move the ball at the end of the season, failing to crack 200 yards of offense in two of those games. They scored 17 points or fewer in four of their last five and only average 25 points per game this season, 90th in college football. Tulane just doesn’t have the offensive fire power to score with Louisiana-Lafayette in this contest, they are going to need to get into the high 20’s if they’re going to win this game and we just don’t see that happening.
Tulane vs Louisiana Lafayette NCAA Football Picks: Louisiana Lafayette +2.5 and under 49.5
Tulane vs Louisiana Lafayette Game Prediction: 27-20 Louisiana Lafayette
What to expect in the 2013 New Orleans Bowl: Assuming Terrance Broadway is back at quarterback for Louisiana Lafayette for this game, their offense will be too much for the strong Tulane defense to slow down. He will have enough big plays and limit the turnovers to give his team the lead in the first half and force Tulane to throw the football. Tulane is a very strong defensive team but offensively they leave much to be desired and they won’t be able to come from behind to win a game in the fourth quarter.