Two teams that haven’t played in nearly 30 years meet in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl on Monday. The Sun Belt West Division champion Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns face the MAC champion Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in the final game on the 2019-20 college football bowl schedule before the National Championship. The Ragin’ Cajuns (10-3) are coming off a 45-38 loss to Appalachian State in the Sun Belt title game, while the RedHawks (8-5) defeated Central Michigan 26-21 in the MAC championship.
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Kickoff from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and Miami (Ohio) is competing in its first bowl game since 2016 and 10th all-time. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 14-point favorites in the latest Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio) odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 54.5. Before making any Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio): LendingTree Bowl time, TV channel
The Ragin’ Cajuns play the RedHawks at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The game is at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and can be watched on ESPN.
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Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio): LendingTree Bowl prediction, preview
Louisiana (10-3 overall, 7-2 Sun Belt) should feel confident coming in, even though it lost the Sun Belt title game and Miami (Ohio) won the MAC.
The big reason: OG Kevin Dotson and the offense.
Dotson is an AP First Team All-America selection — the first Ragin’ Cajun to earn First Team honors from the AP.
Louisiana’s offense has been powerful, averaging 38.8 points and 501.3 yards per game. Three players have rushed for at least 775 yards, with Elijah Mitchell leading with his 1,092 yards and 15 touchdowns. Raymond Calais (867 yards, 7.7 per attempt, 6 TDs) and Trey Raggs (796 yards, 7.3 per attempt, 11 TDs) round out the ground game.
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Miami (Ohio) is 8-5, with five of its wins coming by seven points or fewer. That includs a 26-21 win against Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game. In the Sun Belt, Louisiana trailed then-No. 21 Appalachian State by 25 points in the third quarter before falling by only seven.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are out-gaining foes by 128 yards per game. The RedHawks are about minus-74 in yards per game on average.
Can Miami (Ohio) keep pace? It will need freshman QB Brett Gabbert to find another gear — and avoid turnovers.
LOUISIANA RAGIN’ CAJUNS (10-3) vs MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS (8-5)
When: 4:30 p.m. PT on Monday, Jan. 6
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium | Mobile, Alabama
How to watch live stream: You can stream this game on ESPN.com/watch and the ESPN app using your cable provider login. | Don’t have cable? You can watch the game with Hulu Live (free trial).
Line: UL -14.0
Series history: This is the third meeting between Louisiana and Miami (Ohio), with the RedHawks taking the previous two meetings.