Nevada vs.Louisiana-Lafayette New Orleans Bowl - 12/20/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin` Cajuns (8-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 am (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin` Cajuns +1 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns butt heads with the Nevada Wolf Pack in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
The Nevada Wolf Pack finished the season with a 49-27 victory at UNLV to finish 7-5 and I'm not sure if this team would have went to the postseason without that win. The Wolf Pack were able to score and defend but were definitely all over the map in both areas and usually were doing one or the other. The numbers tell the story of the defense that was #105 overall with 450 yards and 28 points allowed with 271 yards coming in the air so throwing the ball against this defense was the way to go. The offense averaged 413 yards and 31 points with Cody Fajardo leading the team with 2,370 passing yards and 997 yards on the ground. Don Jackson was second on the ground with 932 yards while Jerico Richardson, Hasaan Henderson and Richy Turner combining for nearly 1,800 receiving yards.
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The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are very similar to their counterparts with a bit more consistency from week to week. The Ragin' Cajuns finished second in the Sun Belt thanks to a season ending 7-1 run with the lone loss coming to Appalachian State. Like the Wolf Pack the Ragin' Cajuns were weak versus the pass with 275 yards allowed. Overall this unit gave up 422 yards and 28 points to finish #84 nationally. ULL averaged 418 yards on offense behind a run first attack that averaged nearly 230 yards. Quarterback Terrance Broadway completed 61% of his throws for 2,068 yards and was the third leading rusher with 646 yards to give the position a true dual threat. Elijah McGuire was the feature back with a team high 1,165 yards and 14 touchdowns with Alonzo Harris totaling 737 running yards and 12 scores to give the ground game three options.
Louisiana-Lafayette is essentially playing a home game or as close to it as you can get so I would expect a pro Ragin' Cajuns crowd. I think both teams are actually more similar then different as both prefer to keep things on the ground as opposed to putting it in the air. Both quarterbacks are dual threats and I have to give the nod to Broadway in that regard. While most favor Louisiana-Lafayette and the over I see this being a close one that could go either way. For now I'll go with the Nevada but I know the world is on the Cajuns...