The beginning of college football bowl season usually brings together teams that barely made the postseason or teams that really shouldn’t be there. A classic case happens Saturday afternoon at noon Eastern Time as the 8-4 East Carolina Pirates face the 8-4 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in the New Orleans Bowl. The good thing about this game though is the fact that both of these teams are very close in their offensive and defensive statistics so it may turn into a game worth watching anyhow.
The difference in offense per game with these two teams is 37 yards and the defensive difference is just 11 yards. The two teams average over 31 points a game while giving up over 27 points per game. This makes figuring out the amount of points in this game a treat.
I do believe that both teams will finish under 30 points for the afternoon. If there is one thing that could turn the game is the fact that Louisiana-Lafayette has a much better running game and if they can control the clock, it may be a long day for the Pirates.
This game boils down to how much these two teams really want to be here. It is a bowl game and that is every team’s goal, but you have to think both of these teams wish they were in a better game or position. I think East Carolina will have just enough offense to squeak out a 24-21 win on a last-second field goal. These two teams are just too close to call though and this game could go either way.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.