Today Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson and Athletic Director Rick Dickson accepted the bowl invitation from the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl committee. The Tulane Green Wave will face the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns on December 21st, 2013. Tulane will play once more in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they have played home games since 1975.
It was 101 years ago that Tulane played its first game in New Orleans against what is now Louisiana University. Just last October, Tulane traveled to Lafayette for their 26th lifetime match-up. Tulane won that first game 27-0 and it was Louisiana who won the most recent game by 28 points. It was during the 1930 season that Tulane beat Louisiana 84-0 and the rivalry was halted for 44 years.
Tulane is 21-5 in the series, having won 18 times at home in New Orleans, including once in the Dome in 1999.
Tulane finished their season with a record of 7-5, including a 5-3 Conference USA record. Tulane has a 4-7 lifetime bowl record. Their last appearance was in 2002 when they won the Hawaii Bowl against Hawaii. Tulane has played at home in two Sugar Bowls. They won that game in 1935 over Temple and lost that Bowl in 1940 to Texas A&M.
Louisiana is currently 8-3 with a 5-1 Sun Belt Conference Record. They have one game remaining against South Alabama. The Ragin’ Cajuns are the defending R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Champions, having won in both 2011 and 2012. Prior to these two appearances, Louisiana appeared in the 1970 Grantland Rice Bowl, where they lost to Tennessee State, and won the 1944 Oil Bowl when they beat Arkansas-Monticello.