New Orleans Bowl preview: Tulane vs. LA-Lafayette
Tulane (7-5, 5-3 C-USA) vs. LA-Lafayette (8-4, 5-2 Sun Belt)
December 21, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Tulane Players to Watch:
Nick Montana, QB—Yes, he’s that Montana. Joe Montana’s son. And although he’s nowhere near as good as his father, his name alone makes him fun to watch. Every time you hear about Montana being Joe’s son, you have to take a drink.
Lorenzo Doss, CB—Doss is tied for second in the nation with seven interceptions and is a game-changer in the secondary.
LA-Lafayette Players to Watch:
Terrance Broadway, QB—At this point, Broadway is a question mark to play in the New Orleans Bowl due to a broken bone in his arm suffered in the second-to-last week of the regular season. He holds together this entire team, so without him, ULL’s chances look pretty bleak.
Justin Anderson, LB—Anderson is the most productive linebacker in the Sun Belt Conference, tallying 124 tackles on the season (No. 12 in the NCAA). He’s the anchor to a Ragin’ Cajun unit that ranks 57th nationally in total defense.
Tulane Key to Victory:
Find consistency through the air. That’s right, Nick Montana—here’s your shot for fame. Not really, but hey, it’d be a nice step forward. Tulane averages a surprising 279.9 passing yards per game, but have just 14 touchdowns to match it. Tulane is solid in the red zone, but struggles to get there—its 115th-ranked offense has found itself inside opponents’ 20-yard line a meager 38 times.
LA-Lafayette Key to Victory:
Hope and pray that Terrance Broadway will be available to play. Backup quarterback went 5-of-14 for 49 yards and an interception in a dismal 30-8 loss to South Alabama in his place, all guaranteeing a field day for Tulane’s playmaking defense (33 forced turnovers; No. 2 in FBS). Broadway is the catalyst for what is a dynamic offense and has home run ability when healthy.
Line: Tulane (-1.5)
Prediction: Tulane is playing a home game at the Superdome, in which it is 5-1 this season. Assuming Broadway isn’t able to play—it is a broken bone in his arm—Tulane could be making life miserable for ULL fans on its way to its first bowl win since 2002. However, if he’s a go and can produce in a healthy manner, I don’t think the Green Wave offense can keep up. This prediction is subject to change pending Broadway’s status.
Tulane 23, Louisiana-at-Lafayette 13
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