2018 Cure Bowl Betting Analysis: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
The Tulane Green Wave are 3.5-point favorites over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, according to a sports betting site MyBookie. Tulane is the AAC’s West Division co-champion with a 6-6 record (5-3 in conference play). The Green Wave also had a 5-7 ATS record. They closed their regular season with a 29-28 win over Navy as six-point home chalk, according to the best online sportsbooks. This will be Tulane’s first bowl appearance since 2013, as well as their first Cure Bowl. Coincidentally, they lost 21-24 to the Cajuns back in ’13. The game was later vacated, though. In yet another coincidence, Tulane’s new offensive coordinator Will Hall was Louisiana’s OC in 2017.
Louisiana was the Sun Belt’s West Division co-champion and championship game participant. They went 7-6 SU (5-3 in conference play) and 9-4 ATS. The Ragin’ Cajuns lost the Sun Belt championship game 19-30 to Appalachian State as 17.5-point road dogs. This will be their first bowl since 2016, and their first Cure Bowl too.
Justin MacMillan has nine TDs and three picks on 1159 yards through the air. And Jonathan ‘Mike Ehrmantraut’ Banks has five TDs and two picks on 1074 passing yards. Both guys’ preferred target is Darnell Mooney, who has 987 yards and eight TDs on 47 receptions. Terren Encalade comes second with 634 yards and four TDs on 39 receptions. Running backs Darius Bradwell and Corey Dauphine have a combined 16 TDs on 1736 yards on the ground.
According to another sports betting site, the Green Wave is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. And 1-4 ATS in their last five games on turf. As well as 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings with the Cajuns.
“This will truly be an outstanding opportunity for our young men to compete in a first-class bowl game,” head coach Willie Fritz said. “Orlando is a fantastic city, has a wonderful stadium and our opponent will provide a tremendous challenge. We look forward to our week in Orlando.”
It would probably behoove the Cajuns that Banks started for Tulane. He’d probably do less damage to a defense that allows 222.3 passing yards per game. Louisiana’s own QB Andre Nunez has 19 TDs and 12 picks on 2136 yards through the air. He connects more often than not with Ja’Marcus Bradley. The receiver has 10 TDs on 557 yards. Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell have a total of 20 TDs on 2092 rushing yards.
The Cajuns are 4-1 ATS in their last five bowl games. And 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The underdog, which Louisiana is, is 5-0 ATS in their last five encounters between these two schools.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Cure Bowl Betting
- Date: December 15
- Time: 12:30 p.m. CT
- Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL (Cure Bowl)
Lines from MyBookie.ag:
- TULANE -3 (-120) 59 (-110) -163
- UL LAFAYETTE +3 (EV) 59 (-110) +143
- Tulane is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Tulane is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tulane’s last 6 games
- Louisiana-Lafayette is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
- Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana-Lafayette’s last 5 games
Our Prediction: The Cajuns have more stability at quarterback. Moreover, they have been better against the point spread. Even when they are a sports betting site’s underdog. Bettor can go ahead and fade the Green Wave on this one. But it’s okay because this is the Cure Bowl and Boys Don’t Cry. All things considered, it’ll be Just Like Heaven.