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New Orleans Bowl

New Orleans Bowl

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four postseason games, which were all appearances in the New Orleans Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns will try to earn a fifth New Orleans Bowl win in their last six seasons with the home crowd behind them against the Southern Miss Eagles.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 17 @ 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Additional Read: Southern Miss vs Louisiana-Lafayette Betting

2016 New Orleans Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Southern Miss-3.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Southern MissC-USA6-63-96-5-1
Louisiana-LafayetteSun Belt6-68-44-7-1

New Orleans Bowl Matchup

Coming off a disappointing 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS campaign in 2015, Louisiana-Lafayette looked like it might fail to reach bowl eligibility for the second straight season after falling to 3-5 SU and 4-4 ATS with a loss as a 4.5-point home favorite to Idaho. Instead, the Ragin' Cajuns caught fire down the stretch with a 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS run that included upset wins over Georgia Southern and Arkansas State.

Louisiana-Lafayette's final win of the season against Louisiana-Monroe on December 3 brought the team's record to 7-2 SU and ATS in the month of December. The Ragin' Cajuns leaned heavily on their defense in the 30-3 win over their rivals, getting two touchdowns via fumble recovery returns on a day in which quarterback Anthony Jennings threw only five passes. One was incomplete, two were caught for no gain and two were intercepted.

After starting the 2016 season off with a 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS record, Southern Miss dropped five of its next six games and went 0-6 ATS over that stretch. The losing streak included a loss to UTSA as a 16.5-point favorite and to Charlotte as a 17.5-point favorite. Remarkably, going off as a 15-point underdog at home in their final game of the regular season against Louisiana Tech, the Eagles snapped out of their slump with a 39-24 win.

These two teams have met six times in the last 20 years, and over that span this series has heavily favored the Eagles. Southern Miss is a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS in its last six games against Louisiana-Lafayette and has won every game over that stretch by at least 25 points. The average margin of victory for the Eagles in their last six games against the Ragin' Cajuns is 38 points.

History favors the Eagles in the New Orleans Bowl, but momentum at the end of the regular season favors Louisiana-Lafayette. The only sure thing heading into this bowl matchup is that the Ragin' Cajuns will have a clear-cut home-field advantage.

New Orleans Bowl Betting Trends
  • Southern Miss is 7-0 SU in its last seven games against Louisiana-Lafayette.
  • Southern Miss is 6-0 ATS in its last six games against Louisiana-Lafayette.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Louisiana-Lafayette's last seven games.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette is 7-2 SU and ATS in its last nine games in December.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games in the postseason.
  • Southern Miss is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games against the Sun Belt.
  • Southern Miss is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games after winning as an underdog.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Southern Miss's last seven games in December.

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New Orleans Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2001New Orleans BowlColorado State45North Texas20-10.5COLOSTCOLOST
2002New Orleans BowlCincinnati19North Texas24+7.5NTEXASNTEXAS
2003New Orleans BowlMemphis27North Texas17+3MEMPHSMEMPHS
2004New Orleans BowlSouthern Miss31North Texas10+6S.MISSS.MISS
2005New Orleans BowlArkansas State19Southern Miss31-15ARK.STS.MISS
2006New Orleans BowlTroy41Rice17-5.5TROYTROY
2007New Orleans BowlFlorida Atlantic44Memphis27+3FLAATLFLAATL
2008New Orleans BowlTroy27Southern Miss30+5S.MISSS.MISS
2009New Orleans BowlMiddle Tennessee42Southern Miss32-4MIDTENMIDTEN
2010New Orleans BowlOhio21Troy48-2TROYTROY
2011New Orleans BowlLouisiana-Lafayette32San Diego State30-6UL.LAFUL.LAF
2012New Orleans BowlEast Carolina34Louisiana-Lafayette43-6.5UL.LAFUL.LAF
2013New Orleans BowlTulane21Louisiana-Lafayette24-2.5UL.LAFUL.LAF
2014New Orleans BowlNevada3Louisiana-Lafayette16+2UL.LAFUL.LAF
2015New Orleans BowlArkansas State28Louisiana Tech47-1Louisiana TechLouisiana Tech
2016New Orleans BowlSouthern Miss-Louisiana-Lafayette-+3.5  
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