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East Carolina vs Louisiana Lafayette Gambling Prediction & New Orleans Bowl Preview

Pirates vs Ragin’ Cajuns College Football Spread/Handicapping

Conference USA vs the Sun Belt in some exciting bowl action.  Nothing new to be playing this time of year for East Carolina who I think will be in the “Big East” this time next season.  Watch out for the Cajuns who are playing in their own backyard.

2012 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
East Carolina Pirates (8-4) vs Lousiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4)
Saturday December 22
Mercedes Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Moneyline:  Lafayette -230, East Carolina +190 from Bovada
Spread:  Lafayette -6
O/U:  65

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East Carolina

Another solid showing by the East Carolina Pirates this season.

They finished second in Conference USA East losing only to division champ UCF.  Sometimes these Pirates even put a scare into the big guys from the BCS but not so this year, South and North Carolina handled their little brother rather easily…

The Pirates offense remained one of the most prolific in the country this year even though third string QB Shane Carden wound up commanding the troops.


Meanwhile running back Vintavious Cooper was not highly touted as a junior college transfer but wound up leading in rushing with more than 1000 yards to his credit.

This team can score…Its stopping opponents from scoring where they still struggle.

These guys gave up 59 points to teams like Marshall which prevented them from putting up better than a 6-6 ATS record.  Great dog potential though where they just have to win not hold the lead..


Lafayette had a nice season in the Sun Belt this year. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

They finished in three way tie for second in the  league and enter the postseason on a three game winning streak and with the advantage of getting as close to hosting a bowl game as possible.  Remember this team almost beat a very good Florida team at the swamp last month…

QB Terrance Broadway took advantage of the opportunity to return to his home state and become a starter (he was at Houston).

He is a nice run pass threat and for the Cajuns to win they will need him to play a smart game.  Against a porous ECU defense there should be lots of opportunities to put points on the board…

It would have been interesting to see what the number would have been if this game was on a little more neutral stage.  I am not totally comfortable getting on the chalk side of this one unless it comes down some from its current number.

Spread Pick:  East Carolina +6
O/U Pick  Over
Score Prediction:  East Carolina 38 – Lafayette 35  


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