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2020 LendingTree Bowl - Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Miami Ohio Redhawks

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Both the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Miami Ohio Redhawks partook in two of the more entertaining title games of championship Saturday. Chuck Martin’s kids were able to see it all the way through after defeating Central Michigan as touchdown underdogs to win the MAC. While Billy Napier’s kids ultimately fell short of defeating Appalachian State in the Sun Belt title game, his kids battled back late to make a game of it and nearly cover the closing 5-point college football betting odds at online sportsbooks. The Ragin’ Cajuns potent offense squaring off against the locked in defense of the Redhawks will certainly have college football bettors tuning into the inaugural LendingTree Bowl intrigued in hopes of closing out the bowl season by adding to the bankroll. Louisiana is currently installed a hefty 14-point favorite with the total set at 55.5.

2020 LendingTree Bowl at a Glance

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Miami Ohio Redhawks

Odds: Louisiana -14, total 55.5

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Last we saw Louisiana in live betting action, they stormed back in the fourth quarter to outscore the Mountaineers 14-3 and allow those that teased the game to cash in a leg of their exotic bet. Turnovers ultimately prevented Levi Lewis and his mates from winning the game outright after outgaining their opponent 513-416 and having a huge game on special teams with 148 yards tallied. It also didn’t help that App State was able to run circles around their defense to the tune of 267 yards on a whopping 51 overall carries; that’s better than 5.0 yards per carry folks! Miami (OH) has had all sorts of issues offensively this season, and running the pigskin isn’t a strong suit evidenced by ranking No. 102 in that department. With that, ULL is expected to possess an extreme advantage on the offensive side of the ball in this one.

With Lewis at the helm, anything is possible for the Ragin’ Cajuns and linemakers look to be firmly aware of that after installing him and his mates excessive favorites to come out on top of this matchup; regardless of how great a brand of defensive football the Redhawks played to close out the season. Louisiana is currently the owner of the nation’s No. 8 total offense that racks up over 500 yards per game that’s backed by the No. 11 scoring offense that dents scoreboards for nearly 39 points per game. Its overall strength comes on the ground where a trio of excellent runners spearheaded by Elijah Mitchell and his 1,092 yards and 15 TD will look to take advantage of MOH’s weak link on defense that comes in stopping the run (No. 81). If he can’t do it, Raymond Calais or Trey Ragas most definitely will with the duo combining for 1,663 rushing yards and 17 TD!

Miami Ohio got out to an incredibly rough start to the season in dropping four of their first six played games with embarrassing losses incurred against Ohio State, Cincinnati and Iowa. However, losses to those conference powerhouses toughened them up to the point that it paid off dramatically in MAC play. After splitting its first two games against Buffalo and Western Michigan, the Redhawks went on to close the season out with triumphs in six of their final seven played games. By way of defeating the Bulls early on, the Redhawks got the call to run with the Chippewas in the conference title game where they went on to log the 26-21 outright victory as 5.5-point underdogs in a game the defense once again flexed its muscles much like it did most of the season.

Make no bones about it, the success of this team ultimately depends on the stop unit being able to strut its stuff. If not, Miami (OH) doesn’t stand a chance. One only has to look as far as its pathetic offensive outputs for confirmation. Brett Gabbert completed less than 54 percent of his passes for a paltry 2,163 yards and 11:8 TD/INT ratio. Though Jaylon Bester scored a team-high 12 rushing touchdowns, he was only able to tally 689 total yards on 152 carries through 10 games. The end result finds the Redhawks checking in at No. 122 in total offense and No. 95 in scoring offense. Its best shot of winning games is by frustrating opposing offenses, and that’s without a doubt something they did to close out the year in allowing an average of just 20.4 points in its last seven games. Louisiana’s potent offensive attack however represents one of the toughest defensive assignments of the season.

LendingTree Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Troy Buffalo 42-32
2017 Appalachian State Toledo 34-0
2016 Troy Ohio 28-23
2015 Georgia Southern Bowling Green 58-27
2015 Toledo Arkansas State 63-44
2014 Arkansas State Ball State 23-20
2013 Arkansas State Kent State 17-13
2012 Northern Illinois Arkansas State 38-20
2011 Miami (OH) Middle Tennessee 35-21
2010 Central Michigan Troy 44-41 (2OT)
2009 Tulsa Ball State 45-13
2008 Tulsa Bowling Green 63-7
2007 Southern Miss Ohio 28-7
2005 Toledo UTEP 45-13
2004 Bowling Green Memphis 52-35
2003 Miami (OH) Louisville 49-28
2002 Marshall Louisville 38-15
2001 Marshall East Carolina 64-61 (2OT)
2000 Southern Miss TCU 28-21

The LendingTree Bowl was first played on December 22, 1999 with TCU defeating East Carolina 28-14. Only two schools currently in a Power 5 Conference have ever competed in the game, but that doesn’t mean the bowl has lacked excitement.

The 2001 game between Marshall and East Carolina set the record as the highest-scoring bowl game of all time, and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest comeback in bowl history. Behind 576 passing yards from Byron Leftwich, the Thundering Herd battled back from a 38-8 deficit to win 64-61 in double overtime.

The winning team has scored at least 28 points in 18 of the 20 games. In a rematch of the 2016 Camellia Bowl, Appalachian State posted the first shutout in the bowl’s history with a 34-0 blanking of Toledo in 2017.

Most All-Time Wins at LendingTree Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
2 Arkansas State 2012, 2013
2 Marshall 2001, 2002
2 Miami (OH) 2003, 2010
2 Southern Miss 2000, 2006
2 Toledo 2005, 2014
2 Troy 2016, 2018
2 Tulsa 2007, 2008

This game has been played for two decades, and we have seen some wild swings on where it falls in the calendar. Some years, it has been one of the first games of bowl season, and other years it is a post-New Year’s Day game. For the 2019-2020 bowl season, it will be the last bowl game before the CFP National Championship.

The LendingTree Bowl hasn't been shy about bringing the same team back year after year. Arkansas State spent four straight seasons playing in Mobile, winning consecutive editions of what was then known as the GoDaddy Bowl in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Red Wolves were actually the third back-to-back winners of this game. The first was Marshall in 2001 and 2002, while Tulsa pulled off the double in 2007 and 2008.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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