Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Miami of Ohio RedHawks
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Preview
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns have won a school-record 10 games and reached the Sun Belt championship game, which helped earn 40-year coach Billy Napier a two-year contract extension through 2025 in the week before the bowl game. Led by quarterback Levi Lewis (2,804 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, four interceptions) and running backs Elijah Mitchell (1,092 yards) and Raymond Calais (895 yards), the Ragin’ Cajuns have a potent attack that averages 501.3 yards per game.
Louisiana is out-gaining its opponents by nearly 128 yards per game, and two of its three losses were to nationally ranked Appalachian State. In a Sun Belt rarity, senior offensive guard Kevin Dotson was selected a first-team AP All-American.
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Preview
The Miami RedHawks rallied to win six of their last seven games — including beating Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference title game — after earning early paydays in losses at Iowa and Ohio State of the Big Ten (and suffering defeat at a Cincinnati team that will finish in the Top 25). Miami plays at a grind-it-out pace that often keep things close, with five conference wins coming by a touchdown or less when the RedHawks didn’t score more than 27 points.
There’s a familiar name at quarterback, with freshman Brett Gabbert — brother of NFL QB Blaine Gabbert — having passed for 2,163 yards, with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.