New Orleans Bowl Odds: South Alabama - Western Kentucky Spread And More

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The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game is held at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-5) from Conference-USA takes on South Alabama Jaguars (10-2) from the Sun Belt in this year’s game. Below, we’ll look at New Orleans Bowl odds and bowl history.

New Orleans Bowl participants will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4, following the reveal of the College Football Playoff.

New Orleans Bowl odds

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What a matchup that landed in the New Orleans Bowl between Western Kentucky and South Alabama. Starting QB Austin Reed hit the transfer portal, but withdrew his name and will return to the school. In response to the initial move, South Alabama jumped from a 2.5-point favorite up to . However, expect that number to come down to some degree.

Reed finished the season with 4,249 passing yards (second most) and 36 passing TDs under Ben Arbuckle– a product of the Zach Kittley system. However, WKU goes against a stiff South Alabama passing defense that’s held opponents to the 14th-lowest success rate and 15th-lowest EPA per pass in the nation. They’re also 23rd in passing efficiency allowed, ahead of Clemson and just behind NC State.

South Alabama surpassed all expectations this season, easily clearing their preseason win total (six). That’s chiefly thanks to an all-around aggressive defense that ranks 14th nationally in points per drive. They’ve forced 1.5 turnovers per game (41st), but also commit the fifth-most penalty yards in the country.

Running back La’Damian Webb is also a prolific player for the Jags, clearing 1,000 yards this season.

Notable Opt Outs

Western Kentucky: WR Daewood Davis, OL Rusty Staats, OL Gunner Britton

South Alabama: None

New Orleans Bowl betting

Last year, Sun Belt Champion Louisiana squared off against future conference opponent Marshall and won 36-21. The Ragin’ Cajuns and Thundering Herd would square off in Huntington the following season, where Louisiana again got the best of Marshall. Louisiana covered the four-point spread and the point total went over 55.5 points.

Marshall back Rasheen Ali rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns in a valiant effort, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Louisiana’s 36 points.

Previous Years

Favorites have covered in this bowl game in six of the last seven games, with UAB (+17) being the lone underdog to cover in 2019. Overs have cleared in four of the last five years, as well. The 2020 New Orleans Bowl between Georgia Southern and Louisiana Tech ended in a 38-3 finish, which fell short of the 48.5-point over/under that year.

In the first 14 editions of the New Orleans Bowl, underdogs covered nine times with six outright wins.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns are no strangers to the bowl game, having won four straight from 2011-14.

History

Below are historical results of the New Orleans Bowl.

The first New Orleans Bowl was played in 2001, where Colorado State beat North Texas 45-20.

ScoreWinnerScoreLoserScore
December 21, 2022Western Kentucky44South Alabama23
December 18, 2021No. 16 Louisiana36Marshall21
December 23, 2020Georgia Southern38Louisiana Tech3
December 21, 2019No. 20 Appalachian State31UAB17
December 15, 2018Appalachian State45Middle Tennessee13
December 16, 2017Troy50North Texas30
December 17, 2016Southern Miss28Louisiana-Lafayette21
December 19, 2015Louisiana Tech47Arkansas State28
December 20, 2014Louisiana-Lafayette16Nevada3
December 21, 2013Louisiana-Lafayette (vacated)24Tulane21
December 22, 2012Louisiana-Lafayette43East Carolina34
December 17, 2011Louisiana-Lafayette (vacated)32San Diego State30
December 18, 2010Troy48Ohio21
December 20, 2009Middle Tennessee42Southern Miss32
December 21, 2008Southern Miss30Troy27 (OT)
December 21, 2007Florida Atlantic44Memphis27
December 22, 2006Troy41Rice17
December 20, 2005Southern Miss31Arkansas State19
December 14, 2004Southern Miss31North Texas10
December 16, 2003Memphis27North Texas17
December 17, 2002North Texas24Cincinnati19
December 18, 2001Colorado State45North Texas20

FAQ

When is the 2022 New Orleans Bowl?

The 2022 New Orleans Bowl will be played on Dec. 21, 2022 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Where is the New Orleans Bowl?

Caesars Superdome in New Orleans hosts the New Orleans Bowl.

Who is playing in the 2022 New Orleans Bowl?

South Alabama takes on Western Kentucky in the 2022 New Orleans Bowl.