NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns will face the Tulane Green Wave in an all-Louisiana New Orleans Bowl. The contest will be the last of a 4-game set on the opening day of bowl season - Saturday, December 21.
This marks the third straight bowl appearance for UL-L and the school hopes to improve its record to 3-0 in this postseason affair.
Tulane is going bowling for the first time since the 2002 Hawaii Bowl, but will also be looking for its third consecutive victory in a bowl game.
The preseason forecast of the Congrove Computer Rankings projected Louisiana as the Sun Belt conference champions, but was expected to finish much stronger than it did. The computer had UL-L going 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference. The Ragin' Cajuns were cruising along with 8 straight wins until dropping their last 2 games as favorites over rival UL-Monroe 31-28 and FBS upstart South Alabama 30-8.
Tulane was only given a 4-8 forecast, but the Green Wave used a 4-gajme winning streak in the middle of the year to propel them into contention for the CUSA crown. That streak featured wins over UL-Monroe, North Texas, East Carolina and Tulsa. However, Tulane lost 3 of its last 4 games - all on the road - to FAU, UTSA and Rice.
Tulane's offense ranked next-to-last in CUSA during the regular season, gaining a total of just 3,650 yards to rank 118th in the nation. Still, though the squad managed to finish 9th in the 14-team league in scoring offense. Tulane's defense was 3rd overall in the conference and 2nd against the run.
Louisiana's strength is a balanced offensive attack that rushed for 2,504 yards and passed for 2,602, but the defense surrendered only 378 fewer yards than the offensive gained.
The Congrove Computer Rankings give UL-L a 3.66-point advantage in this game at the Louisiana Superdome, which is where Tulane has played its home games since 1975. Next season, Tulane will move into a 30,000-seat on-campus venue called Yulman Stadium.