The college football bowl season continues on Wednesday with a couple of bowls expected to be played. We have the New Orleans Bowl between Georgia Southern and Louisiana Tech, while Florida Atlantic and Memphis will clash in the Montgomery Bowl. It’s been a tough season because of Covid-19, and a lot of these bowls have been thrown together with teams that don’t belong, but at least we have games to handicap.
In the New Orleans Bowl, the bowl committee found two teams with winning records to match together. That’s all we can really hope for in these smaller bowls. It was a profitable day on Tuesday at TheSportsGeek for me, as Carson Strong predictably picked on a weak Tulane secondary. Strong passed for 5 touchdowns to lead Nevada to a comfortable 38-27 victory. I wasn’t on Nevada, but the OVER got there by more than a touchdown. Strong played the most important role in getting it there.
We’re two days into the bowl schedule and it has been a perfect 2-0 with a win behind Appalachian State in the Myrtle Beach Bowl as well. Let’s aim to keep things rolling on Wednesday in the New Orleans Bowl. This is the first game that features a triple-option team. Speaking of the triple-option, Army found a game and will play in the Liberty Bowl against the West Virginia Mountaineers. That should be a pretty good matchup against Tennessee withdrew from the contest. I’d rather see Army and West Virginia than the Volunteers. The Black Knights are much more deserving of a bowl.
With Georgia Tech going to a more traditional offense the last two years, Georgia Southern is one of the only non-military schools to operate a triple-option. They had one of the best ground games in the FBS a few years ago. Georgia Southern aren’t quite as dangerous, but Louisiana Tech better have used this layoff to prepare or they’ll run the ball down their throats.
Failing to prepare for a triple-option offense can get ugly. The Eagles enter Wednesday with a record of 7-5 after a hard-fought 34-26 loss against a tough Appalachian State team. Louisiana Tech were torched in their series finale, 52-10, to close out their 5-4 season. Head below for our free Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana Tech pick for December 23, 2020.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs New Orleans Bowl Betting Odds:
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Playing against a triple-option offense in a bowl game can always be tricky. Some teams aren’t motivated to begin with, and no motivation against a triple-option for a defense can be a major headache. If Louisiana Tech aren’t ready to come and hit on defense, despite injuries, Georgia Southern will run all over the Bulldogs.
This is a game of backup quarterbacks. In the case of the Eagles, they’re down to their third-team quarterback, though it could be much worse than Wofford transfer Miller Mosley. Mosley is not a terrific passer, but he can drop back and pass, unlikely many other triple-option quarterbacks.
Most are simply a hybrid running back, but Mosley did play a traditional quarterback role at Wofford. In other words, Louisiana Tech is going to have to prepare for the pass and run. That’s an extra wrench that Georgia Southern can throw into the Bulldogs’ preparations. Mosley passed for 122 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions versus Appalachian State in the season finale.
He also gained 49 yards on 13 carries carrying the ball in the most action Mosley saw this season. That was a nice warm up appearance against a very good Appalachian State defense. The Bulldogs don’t pose as much of a challenge defensively. They allowed 425 yards and 32.9 points per game in 2020. Their issues largely stemmed from attempting to stop the run.
Louisiana Tech conceded an average of 184.6 rushing yards per game. I’m not optimistic that their defense is going to contain the Eagles’ relentless running attack on the ground. They recorded 262.5 rushing yards a game for eighth in the FBS. Even with their backup QB inserted into the offense, expect Mosley and company to find room and yards on Wednesday afternoon. Speaking of backups, Louisiana Tech will be without starter Luke Anthony.
Anthony is out after suffering a serious leg injury against TCU, which resulted in a trip to the hospital. Aaron Allen gets the nod in the New Orleans Bowl for the Bulldogs. Allen passed for 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 64.9% completions this season. He has a tough chore against a solid pass defense on Wednesday. The Eagles gave up 221.4 passing yards per game, ranking in the top half of the FBS in 2020. I will side with Georgia Southern to win and cover in the New Orleans Bowl.