The bowl season is here, starting off with five games on Saturday. With no real marquee matchups these games won’t get the love the deserve. A
Autonation Cure Bowl: Tulane -3.5 vs Louisiana Lafayette
A meeting between to Louisiana teams that got off to a slow start in 2018 will face off in Orlando. Both teams feature top 30 rushing attacks which will make for slow paced game.
The Ragin Cajuns under first year Coach Billy Nappier, former Nick Saban assistant, as turned around a ULL team that coming off three straight sub-.500 seasons. ULL has been battle tested starting the season at 1-3 with losses to SEC powers Alabama and Mississippi State. They rebounded from a tough start to the season by winning six of their final nine games and the Western Division of the Sun Belt.
Tulane has moved on from their offensive coordinator, hiring Will Hall. Tulane will enter this game with a sub par offense versus a ULL sub par defense. Tulane will have problems on the offensive end against the battle tested Cajuns. ULL will run the ball more effectively than their counterparts which will make this close.
Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. Fresno State -6
The Las Vegas Bowl will be the highlight of the bowl matchups featuring the Mountain West Champion Fresno State Bulldogs versus the Pac-12’s Arizona State Sun Devils.
Perhaps the biggest headline for this game is Sun Devils leading WR N’Keal Harry has chosen to sit out this game. Fresno State has experience defeating a Pac12 team, taking down UCLA, they also have beaten San Diego State. Arizona State lost to the same Aztec team during the season.
The Mountain West doesn’t get the respect that they may deserve. Without Harry, Arizona State doesn’t have much of a chance.