R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Nevada vs. UL-Lafayette - 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 Nevada Wolf Pack and the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns face off on Saturday in New Orleans as college bowl season gets started with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
The Nevada Wolf Pack are 7-5 this season and though they ended he season with a win over UNLV the overall year was a bit of a letdown losing some winnable games. The Nevada offense is averaging 31.3 points and 413 yards per game and they are led by QB Cody Fajardo who completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and he has also rushed for 997 yards and 13 touchdowns. Don Jackson rushed for 932 yards and seven touchdowns and Richy Turner leads the Wolfpack in receiving with 58 receptions and Hasaan Henderson has 53 caches. Defensively Nevada is allowing 28.2 points and 450.1 yards per game with 26 takeaways and 25 sacks. Jonathan McNeal has 95 tackles, Jordan Dobrich has 77 tackles, and Mathew Lyons has 71 tackles. Nevada is a bowl regular at this point and they were a better road team than at home this year.
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The UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have been bowl regulars and are no strangers to the New Orleans Bowl. ULL went 8-4 this season winning seven of their last eight games as the offense averaged 30.58 points and 417.9 yards per game led by QB Terrance Bradshaw who has completed 61.09 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions and he has rushed for 646 yards. Elijah McGuire leads the Ragin’ Cajuns ground attack with 1,186 yards and he has 40 receptions and James Butler has 40 receptions to lead ULL. The UL-Lafayette defense allows 27.92 points and 421.9 yards per game with 16 takeaways and 28 sacks. Dominique Tovell has 75 tackles, Corey Trim has 71 tackles, and Christian Ringo as 10.5 sacks. ULL has been red ho over the past few months.
Nevada is 4-1 against the spread against the Sun Belt, 5-2 against the spread following a win, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six bowl games. UL-Lafayette is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 15-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1-1 against the spread following a win.
The total is set at 61 but that should be no problem for these two offenses facing two defenses that have been suspect at best so my pick here is the over and I would call it a strong one.