New Orleans Bowl: Preview and Prediction

New Orleans Bowl Preview and Prediction
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl logo
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Previous Stadiums Cajun Field (2005)[1]
Previous Locations Lafayette, Louisiana (2005)[1]
Operated 2001-present
Conference Tie-ins C-USA, Sun Belt
Previous Conference Tie-ins MWC (2001)
Payout US$325,000 (As of 2006[update])
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (2002-2004)
R+L Carriers (2006-Present)
Former names
Wyndham New Orleans Bowl (2002-2004)
New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette (2005)
2007 Matchup
Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis (FAU 44, UM 27)
2008 Matchup
Southern Mississippi vs. Troy (December 21)

New Orleans Bowl Game Preview

If the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles could erase the middle part of their schedule they may have competed for a Conference USA title. The stretch which saw the Golden Eagles lose 5 straight meant that the team had to rally with 4 straight wins to earn their spot in the New Orleans Bowl Game, including beating the conference champion East Carolina. Austin Davis has had a good year for the Eagles, he was responsible for 30 touchdowns (21 passing, 9 rushing) and set a school freshman record for passing touchdowns in a season.

The Troy Trojans, the class of the Sun Belt Conference come into the New Orleans Bowl Game playing their backup quarterback. Levi Brown replaced starter Jamie Hampton in week 5, but the Trojans have not shown any ill effects, averaging 33 PPG, the Trojans have shown good balance on offense. The offense is led by a big, physical and experienced offensive line that should be able to control the line of scrimmage against the Golden Eagles.

New Orleans Bowl Game Prediction

Both teams are playing some good football and the short rest is perfect for both schools to continue their momentum. We see the New Orleans Bowl Game going back and forth, possibly decided late in the final quarter. The Golden Eagles have shown they can compete against stiff competition beating East Carolina late in the season. We will play the points and go with the Golden Eagles in this one.

Pick: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles +4.5

Tags: Austin Davis, Jamie Hampton, Levi Brown, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, Troy Trojans,