New Orleans Bowl Odds
East Carolina is 8-4 on the season and 6-6 against the spread while Louisiana-Lafayette is 8-4 overall and 7-5 against the spread. Both teams have hit the under 5 times during the season. These two teams haven’t met since 1990.
Trends show that East Carolina is 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 games on turf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games at a neutral site. Louisiana-Lafayette is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, but just 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 games against Conference USA opponents.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Lafayette is the slight favorite in this game, as the Cajuns have odds of -4.5 points against East Carolina. The over/under total has been set at 64.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had Lafayette favored by 4.5 points as well. The spread climbed to 6 points before falling back to its opening line. The over/under total opened at 64 points and hit a peak of 65 before closing at 64.5.
Lafayette is coming into this bowl game on a three-game winning streak to end the regular season. The Ragin’s Cajuns finished Sun Belt Conference play 6-2, one game out of first place. Lafayette averaged 34.8 points per game during the regular season while allowing just 27.6 points per game on defense. This season’s team has been led by quarterback Terrance Broadway, who is a dual-threat player. Broadway has thrown for 2,526 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 661 yards and eight touchdowns.
East Carolina ended its season on a three-game winning streak as well. The Pirates finished 7-1 in Conference USA play, but were unable to reach the championship game due to a loss to Central Florida, 40-20. All four of ECU’s losses this season came by at least 20 points. On the season, East Carolina is averaging 31.3 points per game, while the defense is giving up 30.7 points per contest. The team is being led by quarterback Shane Carden, who has thrown for 2,838 yards and 21 touchdowns, while running back Vintavious Cooper has rushed for 1,030 yards and seven scores.
In terms of Injuries, East Carolina center Taylor Hudson is probable to play despite a back injury. East Carolina has no injuries to report for this game.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Lafayette, as the Cajuns are getting 69% of the wagers with odds of -4.5 points against East Carolina on Saturday afternoon.