In the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl, UL Lafayette (7-6) is the underdog against Tulane (6-6) at Camping World Stadium on Saturday (December 15, 2018, 13:30ET).
The betting line was first offered at -3.5 points for the Green Wave. They’ve gone 3-2 straight up as favorites this year, and 1-4-0 against the spread. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 2-5 straight up as underdogs, and 5-2-0 against the spread.
UL Lafayette quarterback Andre Nunez completed 64.4% of his passes this season for 2,136 yards and 19 touchdowns. Nunez is an efficient quarterback, with a passer rating of 145.2 this season. Trey Ragas gained 1,355 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 8 touchdowns, averaging a solid 5.8 yards per carry.
All together, the team gained 437.2 yards per game and scored 32.5 points per game. The defense allowed 432.3 yards and 33.7 points per game, while Bennie Higgins led the squad with 5 sacks this season.
The Green Wave offense features quarterback Justin McMillan, who threw for 1,159 yards and 9 TD’s this season. McMillan completed 50.0% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 139.0. Darius Bradwell ran for 1,141 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging a remarkable 6.0 yards per carry.
Altogether, Tulane averaged 394.9 yards per game and 25.7 points. The defense allowed 419.2 yards and 27.8 points per game. Patrick Johnson notched 10 sacks this season.
Neither of these teams is truly elite on either side of the ball, so betting the game total is tough. The over is 7-6 in UL Lafayette games this season. The Tulane over is an enticing 3-9 this season. Betting the over/under(set at 58.5) could be the way to find value in this game.