With a 4 game win streak, all against Sun Belt teams, Appalachian State looks to join the Ragin Cajuns atop the Sun Belt standings. Appalachian State and University of Louisiana at Lafayette are both on winning streaks, 4 games and 6 games respectively. Saturday will end one of those runs.
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Appalachian State is on a roll. After losses to powerhouse Michigan and Southern Miss, then falling to Sun Belt leader Georgia Southern, the Mountaineers have won 4 straight conference games. Appalachian State is looking to extend that streak to complete a 7 win season. With 7 wins and a place near the top of the Sun Belt the Mountaineers may find themselves in a bowl game for the first time in almost 60 years. The Mountaineers from Boone, NC face Idaho after Thanksgiving. Sitting at 5-5 the boys from Appalachian State need to win out for a bowl bid.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
The Ragin Cajuns have rallied from a bumpy start. Sitting at 7-3 they are in the first position for a bowl pick in the Sun Belt. Only Georgia Southern has a better record in the Sun Belt. (GSU is ineligible for bowl play until 2015). The Cajuns moved from a 1-3 record, adding 6 straight wins to move to the #2 Sun Belt spot at 7-3.
While most would say that Louisiana Lafayette have the upper hand in this contest the numbers tell a different story.
- Total yards per game (rushing and passing) Appalachian State leads with an average of 460 to Lafayette’s 430
- Points scored per game Appalachian State leads again with 34.8 to ULL’s 30.9
- UL Lafayette’s QB Broadway is completing 59% of his passes and has 12 TDs. (9 int)
- Appalachian State’s QB is completing 62% and has 13 TDs. (7 int)
- Both teams beat UL Monroe and Arkansas State. ULL beat South Alabama while Appalachian State fell to the Jags.
This game is important to both teams. Appalachian State needs the win to be bowl eligible and University of Louisiana at Lafayette needs to the win to lock up the first bowl pick of the Sun Belt.
The Game will be played in Lafayette at Cajun Field. Saturday 2:00 p.m. ET for kick off. You can follow the game on ESPN3 online. Stay up to date with bowl picks and New Orleans Bowl announcements on our Facebook page or by following the hashtag #RLBowl on Twitter. Don’t forget to vote in our fan poll above. Mark your calendars for the 14th Playing of the New Orleans Bowl on December 20, from the Mercedes Benz Super Dome. Kick off for the 2014-2015 College Football Bowl season starts in the Big Easy when the Sun Belt welcomes the Mountain West. The game starts at 11:00 a.m. ET and will be broadcast live by ESPN.