Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin` Cajuns (8-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin` Cajuns PK -- Over/Under: 60
The Nevada Wolfpack and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns play Saturday in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Nevada Wolfpack won four of their last six games and are playing in their ninth bowl in the last 10 years. Cody Fajardo is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Fajardo has has seven total touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and the Wolfpack have 15 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jerico Richardson and Richy Turner have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kendall Brock has six of his 13 receptions in his last three games Nevada’s ground game is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, as Fajardo and Don Jackson have combined for more than 1,900 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. Defensively, the Nevada Wolfpack are allowing 28.2 points, 450.1 yards, and they’ve forced 24 sacks and 26 turnovers. Jonathan McNeal leads Nevada with 95 tackles and Ian Seau has seven sacks.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have won seven of their last eight and are playing in their fourth straight New Orleans Bowl. Terrance Broadway is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Broadway has one total touchdown and zero picks in his last two games, and the Ragin’ Cajuns have 16 passing plays of 25 or more yards. James Butler and Elijah McGuire have combined for more than 800 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Al Riles has seven of his 31 receptions in his last two games. Louisiana-Lafayette is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, as McGuire leads the way with 1,165 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns are allowing 27.9 points, 421.9 yards, and they’ve forced 28 sacks and 16 turnovers. Corey Trim leads the Ragin’ Cajuns with 71 tackles and Christian Ringo has 10.5 sacks.
The Wolf Pack are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. The Ragin' Cajuns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have won the last three New Orleans Bowls and it has a lot to do with them playing in their own back yard. The Ragin' Cajuns are pretty much playing a home game here. When you add that to the fact Broadway may be the best overall player on the field, I'm not sure how you don't pick the Ragin' Cajuns in a pick em game.