New Orleans Bowl Picks & Predictions: ULL vs. San Diego St. 12/17/11

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Down on the Bayou, the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns are going to look to take advantage of their home field advantage when they try to make for great New Orleans Bowl picks against the San Diego State Aztecs.

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R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Matchup: Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns vs. San Diego State Aztecs
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Date/Time: Saturday, December 17th, 9:00 ET
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Odds: San Diego State -5
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Total: 59
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

San Diego State has done a heck of a lot of playing in bowl games in or near Qualcomm Stadium in recent years, but now, the tables are going to be turned. The Aztecs have to travel several thousand miles across the country to take on a team in the Superdome that is from right up the road in Lafayette in the Ragin’ Cajuns. Still, for a team that is headed to the Big East next year, this is the type of roadie that it should get used to, and it is the type of game that should be won against a Sun Belt squad significantly more often than not.

That being said, the Ragin’ Cajuns have absolutely nothing to lose. They are expected to lose this game, though they have been expected to do poorly this year in general. ULL was able to go 8-4 and got one of the automatic bids for the Sun Belt to a bowl game, something that doesn’t always happen and certainly wasn’t expected to happen with the emergence of the Arkansas State Red Wolves and FIU Golden Panthers. This offense averaged 32.3 points per game this year under the direction of QB Blaine Gautier, who threw 20 TDs against five picks for the season and really kept the offense moving. Sure, the defense is a tad iffy, but we know that the ‘O’ can make up for any deficiencies of the ‘D’.

Again, San Diego State is a talented team. Many thought that this could be a BCS type of season with QB Ryan Lindley and RB Ronnie Hillman, but a schedule that included games against the Boise State Broncos, TCU Horned Frogs, and Michigan Wolverines was just too much to overcome. Lindley did only complete 52.5 percent of his passes this year, but it took him awhile to get used to a virtually entirely new set of receivers. Hillman was a beast this year, running for 1,656 yards and 20 TDs on the campaign.

We know that we sound like a broken record, but we still love the ‘overs’ in these bowl games. It’s not often that we try ‘over’ plays in three games on one day when there is a full slate of college football duels, let alone just the three games to choose from. However, we once again think that this is going to be a high scorer, and this will be the highest scorer of the bunch on the first day of the bowl season.

Free R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Pick: Louisiana Lafayette/San Diego State Over 59

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