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Lendingtree Bowl win by Louisiana moves Pelican State to 4-0 in bowls

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It has been a pretty good bowl season for schools form the state of Louisiana. Louisiana (11-3) knocked off Miami Ohio (8-6) in the 2020 Lendingtree Bowl Monday night, 27-17, for the program’s first bowl victory since 2014. It also improved schools from the state of Louisiana to a clean 4-0 in bowl games this bowl season.

Louisiana quarterback Levi Lewis passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 58 yards in the win. The Ragin’ Cajuns defense clamped down on Miami after halftime to help Louisiana reach the fourth quarter with a 24-10 lead. Miami had a chance to create a one-possession game in the fourth quarter, but the RedHawks imploded with a bad snap shortly after a 63-yard pass from Brett Gabbert to James Maye brought up a 1st & Goal from the Louisiana two-yard line.

Louisiana head coach Billy Napier, who just dismissed the idea he would leave the program to take the vacant job at Mississippi State, now owns his first bowl victory with Louisiana. Napier lost his bowl debut last season in the Cure Bowl, dropping the team to 7-7 on the season. The 11 wins this season is the most by Louisiana in a single season in program history.

Louisiana is the fourth school form the state to play in and win a bowl game this season. Prior to Louisiana’s win Monday night, Louisiana Tech defeated the Miami Hurricanes, Tulane defeated Southern Mississippi, and LSU scored a blowout victory over Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal). LSU will have a chance to put the cherry on top of a perfect 5-0 bowl season for the state next Monday when they face the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game in, appropriately enough, New Orleans.

Louisiana’s 2020 season opens up on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a home game against McNeese State. Miami will begin the next season on the same day with a road game at Pittsburgh.

Late touchdown gives Louisiana halftime lead in Lendingtree Bowl vs. Miami Ohio

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It took a little time to get back in the swing of things after a month off, but Louisiana and Miami put some point son the board in the second quarter of the Lendingtree Bowl on Monday night. A late touchdown in the second quarter gave Louisiana its first lead of the game and the Ragin’ Cajuns lead Miami 10-7 at halftime.

Levi Lewis of Louisiana has completed 12 of 16 passes for 157 yards, and he has rushed for 20 yards on two carries against the RedHawks. Elijah Mitchell (24 yards) has the only touchdown of the game for Louisiana, which gave his team the lead just before halftime.

Miami’s offense has had to fight for yards, with just 132 yards at halftime with a fairly even distribution between run and pass. Jaylon Bester has the only score of the half for the MAC program with a five-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Louisiana scored the final 10 points of the half.

College Football Bowl Preview: Your Jan. 6 Viewer’s Guide

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Your trusty and semi-daily college football bowl preview that today takes a quick-hit look at the Jan. 6 bowl menu, one that features just a single MAC-Sun Belt Conference matchup.

WHO: Louisiana (10-3) vs. Miami of Ohio (8-5)
WHAT: The 21st LendingTree Bowl
WHERE: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: This game features a pair of conference championship game participants, with Miami (OH) winning in the MAC title game and Louisiana losing in the Sun Belt.  Louisiana has played in both SBC championship games contested, losing both to Appalachian State.  Miami (OH) appeared in its first MAC title game since 2010 and fourth overall. … Louisiana won its first four bowl appearances (2011-14), but have lost their last two (2016, 2018). Miami (OH) is appearing in its first bowl game since 2016 and will be looking for its first such win since 2010. … One more win for the RedHawks, incidentally, would be their ninth, which would be the program’s most since that 2010 season.  Louisiana 10 wins are already a school record for a team that won a combined 12 games the previous two seasons. … These two teams have met just twice previously, first in 1991 and most recently in 1993.  The RedHawks won both of those long-ago matchups. … The Ragin’ Cajuns had won six straight games prior to the title game loss.  Two of Louisiana three losses this season came at the hands of App State.  The RedHawks are winners of six of their last seven — after opening the season 2-4 — heading into this matchup. … Louisiana is seventh in the country averaging 265.3 yards per game on the ground.  Their 6.4 yards per carry is tied for the best mark in the nation.  That could prove problematic for Miami (OH) as their 174.1 yards per game allowed on the ground is 80th at the FBS level. … Louisiana has scored 28 or more points in 12 of their 13 games, and 31 or more in 11 of them.  Miami (OH) has gone above 28 points just three times this season. … There have been six other names for this postseason game the past 20 years.  They are: Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl, GoDaddy.com Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl and Dollar General Bowl.
THE LINE: Miami (OH), +14
THE PREDICTION: Louisiana  41, Miami (OH) 24

College football bowl games: Matchups, TV times and dates for 2019-20 schedule

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The games have been played. The wins have been tallied. The touchdowns have been counted. The championship trophies have been hoisted.

Now it’s time for the college football postseason to commence. College football Bowl Games have long been the time-honored holiday tradition of football extending into your holidays and your New Year. And this year is no different.

So where is everybody going bowling? Here’s a look at the full lineup of games and who’s in them. All times ET, games on ESPN unless otherwise indicated.

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl – Dec. 28, 4pm No. 1 LSU No. 4 Oklahoma
Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 28, 8pm No. 2 Ohio State No. 3 Clemson

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Cotton Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon Memphis Penn State
Orange Bowl – Dec. 30, 8pm Florida Virginia
Rose Bowl – Jan. 1, 5pm Wisconsin Oregon
Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1, 8:45pm Baylor Georgia

2019 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
Bahamas Bowl – Dec. 20, 2 pm Buffalo Charlotte
Frisco Bowl – Dec. 20, 7:30pm** Kent State Utah State
New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 21, 2pm San Diego State Central Michigan
Cure Bowl – Dec. 21, 2:30pm^^ Georgia Southern Liberty
Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 21, 3:30pm* SMU FAU
Camellia Bowl – Dec. 21, 5:30pm Arkansas State FIU
Vegas Bowl – Dec. 21, 7:30pm* Washington Boise State
New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 21, 9pm Appalachian State UAB
Gasparilla Bowl – Dec. 23, 2:30pm Marshall UCF
Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 24, 8pm Hawaii BYU
Independence Bowl – Dec. 26, 4pm Miami Louisiana Tech
Quick Lane Bowl – Dec. 26, 8pm Pitt Eastern Michigan
Military Bowl – Dec. 27, Noon UNC Temple
Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 27, 3:30pm Michigan State Wake Forest
Texas Bowl – Dec. 27, 6:45pm Texas A&M Oklahoma State
Holiday Bowl – Dec. 27, 8pm++ USC Iowa
Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 27, 10:15pm Washington State Air Force
Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon* Iowa State Notre Dame
First Responder Bowl – Dec. 30, 12:30pm Western Michigan Western Kentucky
Music City Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm Louisville Mississippi State
RedBox Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm+ Cal Illinois
Belk Bowl – Dec. 31, Noon Virginia Tech Kentucky
Sun Bowl – Dec. 31, 2pm^ Arizona State Florida State
Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31, 3:45pm Navy Kansas State
Arizona Bowl – Dec. 31, 4:30pm^^ Georgia State Wyoming
Alamo Bowl – Dec. 31, 7:30pm Texas Utah
Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm* Alabama Michigan
Outback Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm Minnesota Auburn
Birmingham Bowl – Jan. 2, 3pm Boston College Cincinnati
Gator Bowl – Jan. 2, 7pm Tennessee Indiana
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Jan. 3, 3:30pm Ohio Nevada
Armed Forces Bowl – Jan. 4, 11:30am Tulane Southern Miss
LendingTree Bowl – Jan. 6, 7:30pm Miami (OH) Louisiana

ABC

** ESPN2

Fox

++ FS1

CBS

^^ CBS Sports Network

Miami (OH) captures first title since 2010 after topping Central Michigan in MAC Championship Game

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The best team in the MAC for much of the last two seasons finally has the hardware to go with their record.

Using the same formula that has carried them to success this year, Miami (OH) notched a 26-21 win over Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game to cap off a wild and strange 2019 in the midwestern league in an appropriate manner.

This being the MAC, you would think that would be behind an offense piling up points and yards a plenty. That’s not the RedHawks way however as the program fueled by their defense and special teams came up big again in those areas. That included a game-opening 97 yard kick return to the doorstep, stuffing a fake punt later on and some clutch kicks off the leg of Sam Sloman.

After a lackluster first half offensively, Miami did get things going after the break. Freshman QB Brett Gabbert wound up throwing for 196 yards and a touchdown while tailback Jaylon Bester managed 66 yards and a score rushing. Wideout Jack Sorenson was the real threat with the ball in his hands though as he notched 123 yards and the lone touchdown that came via the pass.

The result denied the Chippewas a chance for a storybook ending to their remarkable turnaround story under new head coach Jim McElwain. They still managed to win the MAC West just a year after notching only one victory but coming up just shy of winning the league has to still sting. Tennessee/Houston transfer Quinten Dormady threw for 232 yards, a TD and a pick in the losing effort while Tommy Lazzaro was a threat with his legs in rushing for two scores.

CMU had the better offense overall, but outside of two sustained drives and a final rally that came within a Hail Mary of happening, it just wasn’t enough in the end.

The victory instead gives the RedHawks their first conference title since 2010 and eight wins since that season as well. Chuck Martin has done a masterful job guiding this group in conference play recently and now can celebrate finally reaching the mountain top and making #MACtion all Miami’s.