R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Preview

Tulane will have to get their offense going behind quarterback Nick Montana. Photo Courtesy: Tulane Public Relations
Tulane will have to get their offense going behind Nick Montana. Photo Courtesy: Tulane Public Relations

By Frank LaCosta

Game Info
Tulane Green Wave vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
Saturday – December 21 – 8:00 PM
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans

Two teams that call Louisiana home should provide much fanfare within the state. Tulane is based in New Orleans while Louisiana-Lafayette will have to make the trip south. For the Green Wave this is their first bowl appearance since 2002 and for the Ragin’ Cajuns, they’re looking for their third straight New Orleans Bowl victory. So crank up the zydeco and get the gumbo ready for bragging rights.

Tulane Green Wave
The Green Wave are led by Nick Montana, son of Joe (yes that one) who passed for 14 touchdowns this season. He is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury which was aggravated in the regular season finale loss against Rice. Look for him to target wideout Ryan Grant who has 70 receptions for 926 yards and nine touchdowns for the year. When it comes to the ground game, the rock will be in the hands of Orleans Darkwa. The running back is shifty and can break one for the occasional long gain. Tulane’s defense is a pretty solid unit and should keep the team in the game.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
The Ragin’ Cajuns are no stranger to the Superdome having played in the two previous New Orleans Bowl games. They’ll come in with a chip on their shoulder after dropping their final regular season game against South Alabama. A game which cost them their first outright Sun Belt Conference championship. They ended up as co-conference champions with Arkansas State. Helmsman Terrance Broadway might not play in this one due to a broken right arm suffered earlier in the season. Back up quarterback Ross Metheny can be counted on to lead this team if needed. He’s serviceable at best and will rely on running back Alonzo Harris to lighten the load. When looking downfield expect Jamal Robinson to step as the go-to receiver. The Ragin’ Cajuns defense will give up lots of points even in victory.

Prediction: Ragin’ Cajuns do it a third time and win 31-17.