LendingTree Bowl 2019: Miami (Ohio) Vs. Louisiana Betting Line & Pick

LendingTree Bowl 2019 Betting Preview

The Mid-American Conference champion Miami RedHawks battle the high-scoring University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in the LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 6.

Miami beat Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game 26-21, while Louisiana has had an impressive season even after a seven-point loss to Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Championship Game. 

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Betting Odds

Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana
+425 Moneyline -575
+14 (-110) Spread -14 (-110)
O 55.5 (-110) Total U 55.5 (-110)
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Mybookie.ag has Louisiana as a 14-point favorite, while the total is set at 55.5. This line has stayed pretty steady, as it opened as -14.5 and 56.5. 

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RedHawks Keep Finding Ways To Win

If you look at Miami (Ohio) ‘s stats, you won’t find anything that jumps off the page. The Red Hawks’ offense only averages 24.7 points and 305.9 total yards per game. 

With numbers like that, you would think they have a dominant defense, that isn’t really the case either. They give up 28.2 points and 380.5 yards per game. 

But, the RedHawks have won six of their last seven games. They last went to a bowl game in 2016 in a 17-16 loss to Mississippi State in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Their last bowl win was in 2010 over Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. 

Key Players

Brett Gabbert leads the passing attack with 2,163 yards on 153 of 285 passing with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Jaylon Bester leads the team with 689 yards on 152 carries with 12 touchdowns. 

Jack Sorenson is the top receiver with 34 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns. 

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Offense One Of Best In Nation

Louisiana averages just over 500 yards of total offense a game. The Ragin’ Cajuns also put up 38.8 points per game. 

Two of their losses were to a ranked Appalachian State team, and the other was a season-opening loss to Mississippi State. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns played a MAC opponent earlier this season, defeating Ohio 45-25. The RedHawks beat Ohio as well 24-21. 

Key Players

Levi Lewis has thrown for 2,804 yards on 224 of 352 passing with 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. He leads a balanced attack that runs for 265.3 yards per game and throws for 236. 

Elijah Mitchell has rushed for 1,092 yards on 187 carries with 15 touchdowns. Jamarcus Bradley is Louisiana’s leading receiver with 53 catches for 818 yards with eight touchdowns.

Louisiana may have the better defense as well. The Ragin’ Cajuns give up 373.4 yards and only 19.9 points per game. 

Joe Dillon leads the team with six sacks. Asjlin Washington has three of the team’s 10 interceptions. 

Our Miami (Ohio) Vs. UL Lafayette LendingTree Bowl Betting Prediction

I think Miami’s luck is going to run out. In a season where everything has seemed to break its way, it ends against a more talented Ragin’ Cajuns team. 

Miami’s defense struggles against the run, and Louisiana does it really well. Mitchell has a huge first half, and when the RedHawks adjust and load the box, Lewis will pick them apart. Louisiana wins this one in a laugher. Take the Ragin’ Cajuns -14.

Miami (Ohio) Vs. Louisiana Game Information

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 6, 2020
  • Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
  • Venue: Ladd-Peebles Stadium; Mobile, Ala.
  • TV: ESPN

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