New Orleans Bowl Odds And Betting Preview — Louisiana Vs Marshall

College football bowl season has arrived, and the city of New Orleans hosts one of Louisiana’s own this weekend. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in the New Orleans Bowl at the Caesars Superdome on Saturday night (8:15 p.m. CT, ESPN).

The Big Easy has hosted the New Orleans Bowl since 2001, and this will be Louisiana’s sixth appearance. Lafayette is a short drive from New Orleans, so the Cajuns figure to have an excited fan base in attendance.

Adding to the excitement surrounding this bowl matchup is the recent rollout of sports betting in Louisiana. In-person wagering is available at nine brick-and-mortar casinos, and mobile betting is projected to launch in the coming weeks.

One of the properties that is already offering retail sports betting is Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in New Orleans. Located right in the heart of downtown New Orleans near the foot of Canal Street, Harrah’s is the main attraction for visitors as well as New Orleans locals. The addition of sports betting brings another element of excitement to the 115,000 square foot facility.

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New Orleans Bowl Betting Odds

Louisiana (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) finds itself as a 5-point favorite on most notable sportsbooks. Conversely, Marshall (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS) is listed as 5-point underdogs. The best moneyline price on Marshall is +210 on FanDuel.

There are some differences in the total depending on which sportsbook you are using. The total can be found anywhere from 54.5 to 56. The UNDER went 10-3 for the Cajuns during the regular season, and it went 6-6 for the Herd.

DraftKingsLouisiana -5 (-110)
Marshall +5 (-110)
Louisiana -200
Marshall +170
Over 54.5 (-115)
Under 54.5 (-105)
FanDuelLouisiana -5 (-110)
Marshall +5 (-110)
Louisiana -210
Marshall +210
Over 56 (-110)
Under 56 (-110)
PointsBetLouisiana -5 (-110)
Marshall +5 (-110)
Louisiana -216
Marshall +170
Over 55.5 (-105)
Under 55.5 (-115)
CaesarsLouisiana -5 (-110)
Marshall +5 (-110)
Louisiana -210
Marshall +175
Over 55 (-110)
Under 55 (-110)

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Point Spread Analysis And Pick

After taking the head coaching job at Florida, Billy Napier stayed in Lafayette to lead Louisiana to a Sun Belt Championship with a win over Appalachian State. Napier will not be on the sidelines for the New Orleans Bowl, but the Cajuns have a veteran team that should be able to put together a strong performance. Co-offensive coordinator Michael Desormeaux was named as the team’s new head coach, and he will make his head-coaching debut in this game.

The Cajuns enter this game with a ton of momentum, as they have won a school-record 12 games in a row. Senior QB Levi Lewis leads the way, and he has a ton of experience under his belt. Lewis is 34-7 as the starter in Lafayette, and this will be his final game. Needless to say, he will be ready to roll.

Louisiana plays a very structured style of football. It is great defensively and usees the run game to control the clock. The Ragin’ Cajuns are also great when it comes to turnovers. They created 21 turnovers while committing eight this season. Their turnover differential of plus-13 was the second-best in all of college football.

Unlike Louisiana, Marshall is not playing with much momentum. The Thundering Herd lost two of their last three games to close out the regular season. They struggled with consistency all season long, and turnovers were a killer early on. Marshall’s offense can be tough to stop when it is rolling, but with the way Louisiana plays, it could throw the Herd out of rhythm.

Look for the Cajuns to control the tempo of this one and do a good job of getting their defense off the field on third downs. It’s also worth noting that the Cajuns went 7-0 at home this season, and this is basically a home game for them as New Orleans is just a short drive away from Lafayette.

Our pick: Take Louisiana -5

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Over/Under Analysis And Pick

Louisiana has a very stout defensive unit. The Cajuns rank 11th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 18.2 points per game. That is a big reason why they saw plenty of unders this season. The under was 10-3 for the Cajuns in the regular season.

Marshall’s offense has had trouble taking care of the ball. QB Grant Wells threw 12 interceptions in 12 games, and the Herd were minus-5 in the turnover department. Louisiana should be looking to make Wells uncomfortable and force the Marshall offense into mistakes.

Offensively, Louisiana plays at a relatively slow pace and puts an emphasis on the running game. Their somewhat conservative attack allows them to take time off the clock, as well as take care of the ball. The Cajuns have not turned the ball over in any of their last four games and they have committed just a single turnover in their last six games.

Don’t expect a lot of long bombs down the field from the Cajuns. Instead, look for them to establish the run and get Lewis going with short, high-percentage throws. Their goal this season has been to move the ball methodically down the field as opposed to eating up big chunks of yards at a time. That being said, Marshall’s defense does a good job of getting into the backfield, so they could create some negative plays.

Overall, Louisiana’s style of play is more favorable to a lower-scoring game.

Our pick: With the total as high as 56 on FanDuel, look to the UNDER.

All odds used were available at the time of publishing on Thursday, December 16.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a Content Manager and sportswriter covering all things sports betting. Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.