The Ragin' Cajuns are coming into the New Orleans Bowl as a favorite, and their fans will have the Mercedes Dome so packed with fans that it will feel like a home game. The Golden Eagles are ready to lace up on Saturday at 8 p.m. and snap the ball.
New Orleans Bowl will feature College Football Bowl match between Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-6) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (6-6) starting at 9:00 P.M ET on Saturday, 17th December at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. The contest will be televised on ESPN.
"I'm glad we could pull that off", McGuire said. The Louisiana-Lafayette defense is allowing 25.1 points per game with 128.7 rushing yards and 242 passing yards per game on an average.
Southern Miss Outlook: Nick Mullens' senior year didn't exactly go as planned for Southern Miss. He's the all-time record-holder in many single-season and career passing statistics. The team now stand at 6-6 (4-4) after losing 5 of their 7 games but manage to get an entry in the Bowl season.
This will be the Ragin' Cajuns' 5 bowl game in its school history. The Golden Eagles fell to Washington in last year's Heart of Dallas Bowl. Look for Southern Miss to secure a winning season and capture their first bowl victory since 2011. "I expect Mullens to show out in his final collegiate game". "We've had a lot of success here, but I want to hold up a trophy".
This will be Southern Miss' 4th appearance in the New Orleans Bowl.
The game can also be heard statewide on the Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network and worldwide on the Radio Pup app with Jay Walker (pxp), former Ragin' Cajuns letter winner Richie Falgout (color) and Travis Webb (sideline) providing the commentary. Southern Miss' signal caller threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns in the team's win over Louisiana Tech on November 25. "It took him about two or three weeks (to get healthy)".
This will be the 52nd meeting between the two football programs with the Golden Eagles holding a 39-11-1 overall mark in the series. "But when you've got a quarterback like Nick Mullens, you've got a bonus. So that's the game we play", Hopson said.
Louisiana is led by senior quarterback Anthony Jennings, who has completed 185-of-303 passes for 2,083 yards and 11 touchdowns, and senior running back Elijah McGuire, who has rushed for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns.
"He's a hard runner, a hard worker", senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley said. "At the end of the day, we're not going to remember going out there, having fun, doing all this".
"That was a ten out of ten", said Southern Miss senior center Cameron Tom of Whitehead's performance.
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