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2019 New Orleans Bowl - Appalachian State Mountaineers vs UAB Blazers

New Orleans Bowl Betting

One of the most underrated bowl games every year is the New Orleans Bowl. The atmosphere in the Big Easy is always festive this time of year, and the fans get rowdy with Bourbon Street only a couple miles away from the Superdome. Appalachian State made its first trip to New Orleans for this bowl last year, and it was such a success they were invited back once again. The Mountaineers will be taking on the UAB Blazers, and they are whopping 17-point favorites per the college football betting odds.

2019 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana


Matchup: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs UAB Blazers

Odds: Appalachian State -17, total 48

New Orleans Bowl Preview

It’s a bit surprising to see Appalachian State favored by so many points considering what is going on in Boone. Scott Satterfield shepherded the Mountaineers from the FCS to the FBS, and he left for Louisville last year. He has done an excellent job turning around the Cardinals, but he left the program in good hands with Eli Drinkwitz assuming the reins. Drinkwitz immediately used this job as a springboard though, taking over at Missouri last week.

Shawn Clark was named the new head coach earlier this week to provide some continuity. Clark was the offensive line coach for Appalachian State the last four seasons, and the Mountaineers are hoping he can continue to build on this program’s success. App State went 11-2 and won the Sun Belt Championship last season, and the Mountaineers went 12-1 while winning the conference again in 2019.

Zac Thomas has been the quarterback of the Mountaineers for the last two years, and he has been excellent in this position. Thomas has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,576 yards this year with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions, and the junior is excellent when he decides to run with it. He has tremendous guts like when he called a naked bootleg on 4th and goal against Louisiana Lafayette late in the fourth quarter to ice the game for App State.

The Mountaineers run the ball more than any non-option team in the country. They have run for nearly 5,000 yards this year, averaging 5.3 YPC. Darrynton Evans has led the way with 1,323 yards and 17 touchdowns, but App State might have a hard time running against UAB. The Blazers are allowing just 3.1 YPC on the season, and the defense is ranked No. 28th in the country per SP+.

The Blazers have one of the worst offenses of any team in bowl season. UAB is 120th in the country in offensive SP+, and Bill Clark’s team has had a difficult time moving the ball all year. The Blazers won games with their defense, getting to the Conference USA Championship Game on the strength of that unit, but they were hammered 49-6 by Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton.

Despite playing in the worst conference in the country, UAB is averaging just 3.9 YPC. Spencer Brown leads the team in rushing with 527 yards, and Tyler Johnston III has had his share of issues at quarterback. Johnston is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,952 yards with 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He has only been sacked nine times, so those interceptions are a major red flag.

UAB does have two explosive receivers in Austin Watkins and Kendall Parham though. Both Watkins and Parham are averaging 20 YPC this season, so the Mountaineers must watch them on deep patterns.

New Orleans Bowl Format

The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl has been played in the New Orleans Superdome since 2001 and has current conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt and Conference USA. R+L Carriers has been the sponsor of this bowl since 2006. In most cases the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ends up as one of the highest scoring bowls each year.

New Orleans Bowl Prediction

Big favorites don’t have a great track record in bowl season. Motivation is always a huge factor this time of year, and teams that are expected to win by large margins generally don’t deliver as they are too busy celebrating the success of their season.

Bill Clark will have UAB ready to play in the New Orleans Bowl, but the changes surrounding Appalachian State have this program’s motivation in question. It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see the Blazers win this game outright, and that would return a serious payout.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Game Results

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

Colorado State and North Texas faced off in the inaugural New Orleans Bowl in 2001, and the Mean Green was a common participant at the beginning with appearances in the first four games. North Texas matched Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Miss by competing in its fifth New Orleans Bowl last year.

Damage to the Superdome from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 forced the bowl to move to Cajun Field on the campus of Louisiana-Lafayette. Southern Miss won its second straight by knocking off Arkansas State in that matchup. The game returned to the Superdome in 2006 and that’s when it picked up title sponsor R+L Carriers. Appalachian State is the defending champion of the New Orleans Bowl after a 45-13 rout of Middle Tennessee in 2018.

Most All-Time Wins at R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

4 Louisiana-Lafayette 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
4 Southern Mississippi 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016
3 Troy 2006, 2010, 2017

Given its close proximity to the Big Easy, Louisiana-Lafayette is a logical choice to compete in the New Orleans Bowl. And the Ragin Cajuns have held up their end of the deal a record-tying five times. They won their first four appearances in consecutive years between 2011 and 2014, though two of those victories were later vacated by the NCAA.

Southern Miss has also been here five times winning it on four occasions. The Golden Eagles knocked off Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2016 game, handing the Cajuns their first New Orleans Bowl loss. The two schools are tied for the most wins with four.

The Trojans of Troy returned last season and hung a New Orleans Bowl record point total on North Texas in a 50-30 win. It was the third trophy for Troy after taking the 2010 and 2006 games. North Texas matched the record for appearances but has just one win.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

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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