2018 FBS Bowl Season set
The 2018 FBS Bowl season will be getting underway this coming Saturday and four teams from Louisiana will be represented in those contests.
One of the starting games that will kick-off bowl mania features two teams from the Bayou State. On Saturday, the University of Louisiana- Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will take on the Tulane Green Wave and former Ville Platte High standout Kendall Ardoin in the Auto Nation Cure Bowl held in Orlando.
The Cajuns come into the game with an overall record of 7-5 and was 5-3 in Sunbelt Conference play. ULL participated in the inaugural Sunbelt Conference Championship one week ago, losing to Appalachian State 30-19.
Tulane became bowl eligible for the first time since head coach Willie Fritz took over three years ago. The Green Wave finished the regular season at 6-6 with a comeback win over Navy and completed the American Athletic Conference schedule at 5-3.
The two teams have met on the field of play 26 times with Tulane owning a 22-4 record over ULL. The last time the two teams met was in 2016 where the Green Wave beat the Ragin’ Cajuns 41-39 in four overtimes. However, ULL did beat Tulane in the 2013 New Orleans Bowl 24-21.
Louisiana Tech secured a bid to the Hawaii Bowl scheduled for December 22. Their opponent will definitely have home field advantage, as the Bulldogs face the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
Louisiana Tech comes into the match-up with an overall record of 7-5 and a Conference USA record of 5-3. Hawaii was 8-5 at the conclusion of the regular season and 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The Bulldogs are 2-8 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors.
Louisiana Tech lost the last meeting to Hawaii in 2011.
The LSU Tigers garnered a coveted New Year’s Day bowl game due to their No. 11 ranking in the final BCS poll. The Tigers will now have to face the No. 8 ranked University of Central Florida Knights in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Knights are undefeated for the second year in a row and want to prove to the nation that they belong with the big dogs at the bowl table. LSU finished the season with an overall record of 9-3 in arguably the best conference in the country.
This will be the first meeting between the two teams. LSU lost to Notre Dame 20-17 in the Citrus Bowl last season, while UCF defeated Auburn 34-27 in the Peach Bowl.