This is probably the least interesting matchup on the first day of the post season, and thankfully it comes at the tail end of Friday’s slate. However, if you’re looking for a reason to be invested in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl betting aside from the money, then you’ve got one. Might I interest you in watching Joe Montana’s son playing football?
Tulane’s quarterback is none other than Nick Montana, the youngest son of the legendary quarterback. This is a neat little factoid, but it shouldn’t cause you to rush to the book to lay down money on the Green Wave just yet. Montana threw for only 1,654 yards and 14 touchdowns leaned against 9 interceptions. He also completed just 53.1 percent of his throws. In other words, this is not a case of “like father like son”.
But you don’t have to like Nick Montana to back Tulane in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl betting. The Green Wave only had a 7-5 SU record, but were tied for the best conference betting run along with Florida Atlantic. Tulane ended the year with a fantastic 9-3 ATS record. That being said, it’s hard to see how they did that when you realize that they averaged a measly +3.9 point differential.
The truth is that Tulane only posted as a favorite three times all year which included a TULL -25.0 and TULL -4.5 line at the beginning of the year against terrible competition and a TULL -16.0 line against UTEP that they covered in a 45-3 stomping. In their final game of the season they lost to Rice, the eventual Conference USA champs, 13-17 but easily covered the +10.0 handicap the oddsmakers handed them.
This isn’t a great team but they have performed well beyond expectations, and Nick Montana can certainly get the job done for his R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl betting backers. Most of his picks came at the beginning of the year where he threw four interceptions between Week 2 and Week 5, while throwing another 5 in losses to Florida Atlantic and UTSA. In his last two games, he threw none. And this is a big moment in his so-called career. A prime time game for the son of the greatest clutch quarterback in football history seems like a fitting end to what’s been a remarkable season for Tulane. This is their first post season appearance in well over a decade.
The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns went a strong 8-4 SU in the Sun Belt Conference but were also a conference worst 4-8 ATS. They started and ended the season with a pair of back-to-back losses, while building an eight game winning streak in between. But ending the season with five failed covers usually does nothing to invigorate the betting community. This is not a team that does well against expectations set by the linemakers.
The lone hope for the Cajuns is their rushing attack, which piled up 207.6 yards per game. But they did that against awful in-conference schools that are anything but reliable. We’re talking about Troy, Arkansas State and Georgia State University here. These aren’t the kind of competition you can brag about beating, which is why Louisiana Lafayette is a no go in R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl betting.