You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
– Middle Tennessee finally broke its long, ugly bowl streak, and it came against a Sun Belt team. The Blue Raiders spent last year in the Camellia Bowl putting away Arkansas State for the first win since the 2009 New Orleans, losing four straight in between. Under head coach Rick Stockstill, the defense hasn’t been anything special in the seven bowl games.
– Appalachian State came up with one of the best bowl performances of last season with a 34-0 destruction of Toledo. The Rockets didn’t show up, but the Mountaineers were almost perfect. 3-0 in bowls since moving up to the FBS level, this is a big deal to get this done without head coach Scott Satterfield. A win would show that the program is bigger than its head man.
– The New Orleans Bowl had six straight games with a Louisiana team in it, and the attendance was strong in all six. However, over 10,000 fewer fans showed up last year for Troy and North Texas, marking the first time since 2005 that fewer than 25,000 showed up. This non-Louisiana matchup might be a bit of a test for the bowl game that’s usually feisty and brings plenty of early energy.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl?
Appalachian State is too good defensively and is too strong on the lines. Middle Tennessee has a problem with good pass rushing defenses, allowing 36 sacks and 89 tackles for loss on the season – Brent Stockstill is going to be under pressure almost all game long. The Mountaineer defensive front will live behind the line for a team that will be just fine without Satterfield.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Appalachian State 30, Middle Tennessee 20
Line: Appalachian State -7, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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0: Watching ball drop … and then trying to get into the bar
Must See Rating: 3
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