This season in the Sun Belt Conference, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (10-3) recorded seven wins and one loss. That record was good enough for a first-place finish in the SBC West. The Ragin’ Cajuns played the Appalachian State Mountaineers for the SBC title and lost 45-38. Meanwhile, in the MAC East, the Miami (OH) RedHawks (8-5) went 6-2. They finished first in the East and met the top team in the West, the Central Michigan Chippewas, for the Mid-American Conference Championship. Miami (OH) won that title game 26-21 to take the conference crown.
2020 LendingTree Bowl Pick – Regular Season
Our 2020 LendingTree Bowl pick notes that the RedHawks had a challenging start to their season, as after four games they were 1-3. The three losses were to a trio of tough teams. Miami (OH) opened their season against the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes beat the RedHawks 38-14. The next week Miami (OH) easily took down Tennessee Tech 48-17. After that win, the Cincinnati Bearcats hammered the RedHawks 35-13 and the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes humiliated the future MAC champs 75-6. After that, Miami (OH) went 8-2. As noted, the RedHawks won the conference title by beating Central Michigan.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Miami (OH) RedHawks – Stats
On offense, the Cajuns are averaging almost 200 more yards per game than the RedHawks, 501.3 YPG to 305.9 YPG. Louisiana is averaging 236.0 passing YPG and 265.3 rushing YPG. The RedHawks are averaging 172.8 air YPG and 133.1 ground YPG. In terms of defensive yards per game, these teams are close. UL is allowing opponents 373.4 YPG, while Miami (OH) is permitting 380.5 YPG.
Louisiana at Miami (OH) – Players
The Rajin’ Cajuns offense can bring it, especially on the ground. The team also has a fine passing game and tough D. The Miami (OH) offense is less productive and diverse. The RedHawk defense has allowed a lot of points, but they do possess some very fine players who can make big plays.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
The Ragin’ Cajun D brings 30 sacks, 10 INTs, and eight forced and recovered fumbles to this game. They’ve defended 48 passes. LB Joe Dillon has six sacks while LB Jacques Boudreaux tops the team with 39 solo tackles and 91 total tackles. DB Michael Jacquet III comes to this game with two picks and four PD.
Miami (OH) RedHawks
Although the RedHawks have allowed 28.2 PPG, their defense brings some solid, skilled players. The team has logged 38 sacks, 11 INTs, and 11 FF with nine recovered. They have 45 PD. DB Sterling Weatherford tops the club with 58 solo tackles, 93 total tackles, and 10 PD. He’s also forced and recovered two fumbles and grabbed two picks. DB Emmanuel Rugamba and Mike Brown are both solid defenders. Rugamba has eight PD and one pick, while Brown has two PD and three INTs. The Miami (OH) defense has scored three times.
Five Keys to the Game
Our 2020 LendingTree Bowl pick sees the following as being keys to this bowl game:
- Can Miami (OH) stop the Ragin’ Cajun offense?
- RedHawks allow a lot of points
- UL defense is especially stingy
- UL’s QB Lewis vs Miami (OH) QB Gabbert – Lewis has edge
- Depth on offense – Louisiana; depth on D – Miami (OH)
Our 2020 LendingTree Bowl Pick
Our 2020 LendingTree Bowl pick sees UL, with its high-performance offense and penurious defense, as being dominant. We think that the Rajin’ Cajuns will score a lot of points while their defense holds Miami (OH) to under 10. We’re taking UL at -14.0 and under 55.5.