New Orleans Bowl Odds, Pick & TV InfoNoah Williams
An interesting matchup between a couple of 6-6, barely bowl eligible, interstate neighbors takes shape in the 2016 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. It will be the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles taking on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns.
— Taylor McCrary (@TMcCraryBGN) December 5, 2016
The college football New Orleans Bowl odds favor the Southern Miss by 5.5-points. Kick-off is this Saturday, December 17th at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns New Orleans Bowl Odds, Pick & TV Info
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Who: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6-6) vs Louisiana Lafayette Rajin Cajuns (6-6)
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Spread: Southern Mississippi -5.5
Game Total: 58
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Southern Mississippi vs Louisiana Lafayette
Why Bet The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles To Beat Louisiana-Lafayette
Southern Mississippi is 6-6 SU and 3-9 ATS this season. They average 33.4 points per game (44th) and allow 30.3 points per game (79th). Southern Miss, which finished 4-4 in Conference USA.
The Golden Eagles average 294.3 passing yards per game (23th). QB Nick Mullens (2926 yards, 22 TDs & 10 INTs) is back at full strength after the talented gunslinger dislocated a bone in his right (throwing) thumb in a 55-32 loss at Texas-San Antonio on Oct. 8 and then suffered a concussion later in the season. He completed 63.4% of his passes this season.
Head coach Jay Hopson praised the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Mullens’ toughness in the game against Texas-San Antonio, telling the USM medical staff to push the bone in his right thumb back into place and tape it up. He returned to the game and threw a touchdown pass to close the gap to 48-32 midway through the fourth quarter.
"It’s the most amazing thing from a quarterback that I’ve seen," Hopson said. "He was throwing some balloon balls out there, but the bottom line is that’s the competitor in him. He’s a young man who kept fighting and battling. … (Now) he’s 100 percent."
WR Allenzae Staggers (52 rec, 935 yards, 6 TDs) was his best weapon and averaged 18.0 yards per play. His longest touchdown this season was a 93-yard score. Southern Mississippi averages 117.4 rushing yards per game. RB Ito Smith (239 car, 1321 yards, 15 TDs) has been a machine in this offense averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Southern Mississippi has the 14th-ranked total defense in the nation. They allow 181.6 passing yards per game (11th) and 149.3 rushing yards per game (41st).
Why Bet The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns To Beat Southern Mississippi
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns are 6-6 SU and 8-4 ATS this season. They average 25.8 points per game (100th) and allow 25.1 points per game (48th).
“This will be the most excited I’ve been to be at a bowl, probably since year one,” Head Coach Mark Hudspet said . “Great finish by our football team, and hopefully, we’re not through yet.”
The Ragin Cajuns average 184.4 passing yards per game (81st). LSU transfer QB Anthony Jennings (2074 yards, 11 TDs & 12 INTs) won four of its last six games and its last three Sun Belt Conference games to finish 5-3 in league play. WRs Al Riles (55 rec, 665 yards, 2 DTs) and Keenan Barnes (30 rec, 406 yards 6 TDs) are a dual threat in the ULL’s passing game.
Louisiana-Lafayette averages 180.8 rushing yards per game. RB Elijah McGuire (215 car, 1028 yards, 7 TDs) has had three consecutive seasons of rushing for at least 1,000 yards and Jennings, the LSU transfer, finally seems to be settling in. The duo has combined for 14 of the team’s 18 rushing touchdowns this season.
The Ragin Cajuns have the 35th-ranked total defense in College Football. They allow 241.9 passing yards per game (79th) and 128.7 rushing yards per game (22nd).
Betting Trends for this Matchup:
- Southern Miss is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
- Southern Miss is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- Southern Miss is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
- Southern Miss is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
- Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth knows how to win a New Orleans Bowl; he’s 4-0 in this game! That’s all I need to know. Go Ragin Cajuns!
My final score prediction is Louisiana-Lafayette 31, Southern Miss 19.