New Orleans Bowl Betting Preview: Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

The 2020 New Orleans Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will feature the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

The New Orleans Bowl is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN.

New Orleans Bowl History

This will be the 20th year for the New Orleans Bowl and for the 15th year, will be sponsored by R+L Carriers. The New Orleans Bowl has conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt Conference and the Conference USA.

The following are the previous New Orleans Bowl game history:

  • December 18, 2001 Colorado State 45 North Texas 20
  • December 17, 2002 North Texas 24 Cincinnati 19
  • December 16, 2003 Memphis 27 North Texas 17
  • December 14, 2004 Southern Miss 31 North Texas 10
  • December 20, 2005 Southern Miss 31 Arkansas State 19
  • December 22, 2006 Troy 41 Rice 17
  • December 21, 2007 Florida Atlantic 44 Memphis 27
  • December 21, 2008 Southern Miss 30 Troy 27 (OT)
  • December 20, 2009 Middle Tennessee 42 Southern Miss 32
  • December 18, 2010 Troy 48 Ohio 21
  • December 17, 2011 Louisiana 32 San Diego State 30
  • December 22, 2012 Louisiana 43 East Carolina 34
  • December 21, 2013 Louisiana 24 Tulane 21
  • December 20, 2014 Louisiana 16 Nevada 3
  • December 19, 2015 Louisiana Tech 47 Arkansas State 28
  • December 17, 2016 Southern Miss 28 Louisiana 21
  • December 16, 2017 Troy 50 North Texas 30
  • December 15, 2018 Appalachian St 45 Middle Tennessee 13
  • December 19, 2019 Appalachian St 31 UAB 17

This year, the Georgia Southern Eagles will represent the Sun Belt and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will represent the Conference USA.

On Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm EST, the New Orleans Bowl will kick off from the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans. The 7-5 Georgia Southern Eagles will square up against the 5-4 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

While neither the Eagles, nor the Bulldogs have had spectacular seasons, they both remained solid inside and outside of their conferences. Both teams finished at least .500 overall, and in conference play. This should be a quality New Orleans Bowl.

New Orleans Bowl – Sizzling Hot Sun Belt Conference

The Eagles are likely a better team than what their record shows, but the Sun Belt Conference, primarily Group B, was absolutely loaded this season. Coastal Carolina remains undefeated and they were ranked 12th in the latest AP Poll.

GA Southern finished the season .500(4-4) in Sun Belt play. They lost to the winners of both Group A and B in the Sun Belt, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana Lafayette.

The fact that 6 of their 7 wins were at home this season isn’t exactly encouraging heading into their bowl, but Southern will attempt to change that trend in what basically amounts to a home game for LA Tech.

The Eagles were only 1-4 on the road this season. They were 2-3 in those road games against the spread. They finished the season 7-5 against the spread overall.

The Eagles need two things to happen to be successful on Wednesday. Their rushing attack, which averages over 262 yards per game, to keep rolling against a Bulldogs defense that allows nearly 190 per game on the ground.

The second thing, their passing defense has to hold up against a solid Bulldogs passing attack. The Eagles give up 221 passing yards per game on the season, which is neither bad nor good.

New Orleans Bowl – Conference USA; Also Stout

The LA Tech Bulldogs found themselves in an extremely competitive conference as well this season. While neither division in the C-USA had a standout like Coastal Carolina or Louisiana Lafayette, Marshall and UAB, among others, held their own.

The Bulldogs finished the season 5-4, they were 4-2 in conference play. Much like GA Southern, Tech had to match up against the best two teams in their conference this season.

Unlike Southern, Tech was able to come away with a victory in one of those games. A 37-34 showdown with UAB. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they also had to face a 16 ranked BYU team and TCU. Neither game worked out the way they would’ve liked.

It’s been Luke Anthony the Bulldogs’ passing attack leading the way this season for the offense. Anthony has 16 touchdowns to only 5 picks on the season. He’s completing over 62% of his passes.

We will have to see if Anthony and his pack of wideouts can attack Southern in a place where they’re semi-vulnerable, their pass defense.

New Orleans Bowl – Bowl Picking

These teams are fairly evenly matched though in completely different ways. If GA Southern’s run game is working, while Tech’s passing attack is clicking, we could be in for a high scoring affair, and that’s exactly what we believe will happen.

We are sticking with our system here. Line is telling us to jump on Georgia Southern and let their running game dictate the pace of the game. They should be able to keep LA Tech and their banged up roster off the field. LA Tech is on their 3rd string QB and we just don’t see them scoring many points. Take GA Southern here minus the points plus also take the Under here.

Spooky Express Bowl Pick: Georgia Southern -5 (hope you got this in earlier, line is going up)

Spooky Express Bowl Pick #2: Georgia Southern / Louisiana Tech Under 49

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