Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Prediction: Picks & Start Time – December 16, 2023

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The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will see the Jacksonville State Gamecocks meet the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with bookmakers listing Jacksonville State as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Jacksonville State has -164 odds to pick up the win, while Louisiana is listed at +134 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 58.5 points.

Game Info

How to Watch Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 16, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:15 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Stadium: Caesars Superdome

Betting Preview

Jacksonville State

From an offensive standpoint, Jacksonville State ranks 56th in the FBS with 400.3 yards per game. Meanwhile, its defense ranks 50th in total defense (362.3 yards allowed per contest). From an offensive standpoint, Jacksonville State ranks 52nd in the FBS with 29.8 points per game. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 26th in points allowed (362.3 points allowed per contest). It’s been a tough stretch for Jacksonville State in terms of throwing the football and defending the pass, ranking 13th-worst in passing offense (165.6 passing yards per game) and 25th-worst in passing defense (248.3 passing yards per game allowed) in 2023. Jacksonville State has been making things happen on both sides of the ball in the running game this year, ranking fourth-best in rushing offense (234.7 rushing yards per game) and 24th-best in rushing defense (114.1 rushing yards allowed per game). Jacksonville State ranks 81st in third-down conversion rate this season (37.2%), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 23rd-best in the FBS with a 32.6% third-down percentage allowed. Jacksonville State has the sixth-best turnover margin in college football at +9, forcing 20 turnovers (fifth in the FBS) while turning it over 11 times (40th in the FBS).


From an offensive angle, Louisiana is posting 407.3 total yards per contest (51st-ranked). It ranks 61st in the FBS on defense (374.8 total yards allowed per game). Louisiana ranks 35th in the FBS with 32.3 points per contest on offense, and it ranks 86th with 28.2 points surrendered per game on defense. With 221.8 passing yards per game on offense, Louisiana ranks 72nd in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 48th, allowing 213.3 passing yards per game. From an offensive angle, Louisiana is accumulating 185.4 rushing yards per contest (29th-ranked). It ranks 85th in the FBS defensively (161.5 rushing yards surrendered per game). Louisiana has been struggling on third down, ranking 17th-worst with a 45.2% third-down conversion rate allowed per game. It has been better offensively, putting up a 41.7% third-down rate (49th-ranked). With 11 forced turnovers (85th in the FBS) and 14 turnovers committed (84th in the FBS) this season, Louisiana ranks 90th in the FBS with a turnover margin of -3.

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana Betting Analysis

Jacksonville State Betting Insights

Jacksonville State has put together a record of 8-3-1 against the spread this season. In games they were favored in by 3.5 points or more so far this season, the Jacksonville State has gone 4-0-1 against the spread. Games involving Jacksonville State have hit the over five times this season. The Gamecocks have compiled a 5-1 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 83.3% of those games). The Gamecocks have played five times as a moneyline favorite with odds of -164 or shorter, and earned a victory in each game.

Louisiana Betting Insights

Louisiana is 5-7-0 against the spread this year. Louisiana has an ATS record of 2-1 when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs. This season, Louisiana games have hit the over seven times. The Ragin’ Cajuns have been underdogs in four games this season and won two (50%) of those contests. The Ragin’ Cajuns have entered four games this season as the underdog by +134 or more and are in those contests.

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana Against The Spread & Betting Records

Jacksonville State

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 53.0 55.8 50.1
Implied Total AVG 30.8 32.3 29.2
ATS Record 8-3-1 5-1-0 3-2-1
Over/Under Record 5-7-0 1-5-0 4-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-1 3-0 2-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 3-3 2-1 1-2


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 55.6 57.6 53.7
Implied Total AVG 33.2 35.0 31.3
ATS Record 5-7-0 2-4-0 3-3-0
Over/Under Record 7-5-0 3-3-0 4-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 3-4 3-2 0-2
Moneyline Underdog Record 2-2 0-0 2-2

Players to Watch

Jacksonville State

  • To go along with his 1,281 passing yards and 50.0% completion percentage this year, Zion Webb has connected on five touchdowns against six interceptions.
  • In addition to the numbers he’s posted in the passing game, Webb has also added 638 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games.
  • Malik Jackson has compiled 860 rushing yards (6.5 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns in 11 games for the Gamecocks.
  • Logan Smothers has been an important part of the Gamecocks’ offense this season, compiling 655 passing yards with six passing touchdowns, two interceptions and a 56.1% completion percentage.
  • As a rusher, Smothers has contributed 283 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 11 games.
  • Perry Carter has gotten zero targets in 2023 and has converted them into 34 grabs (3.4 per game) for 618 yards and three TDs in 10 games.
  • With seven sacks to go with seven TFL, 43 tackles, and one interception in 10 games, Chris Hardie has been an important part of the Gamecocks’ defensive unit in 2023.
  • As part of the Gamecocks’ defense, Quae Drake has recorded one sack to go with one TFL, 67 tackles, and one interception in 11 games.
  • Fred Perry has hit the gridiron for 11 games, posting 63 tackles, two TFL, and one interception for the Gamecocks.
  • The Gamecocks’ defense has been aided by the play of Kolbi Fuqua, who has suited up for 11 games, totaling two sacks to go with four TFL, 52 tackles, and one interception.


  • Zeon Chriss has passed for 1,222 yards (152.8 per game), completing 66.7% of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games.
  • On the ground, Chriss has scored six touchdowns and accumulated 492 yards.
  • On the ground, Jacob Kibodi has scored seven touchdowns and accumulated 729 yards (60.8 per game).
  • Kibodi also has nine receptions for 79 yards and one TD.
  • In 11 games, Peter Leblanc has 29 receptions for 449 yards (40.8 per game) and four touchdowns.
  • Chandler Fields has thrown for 914 yards (182.8 per game), completing 70.9% of his passes, with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in five games.
  • Also, Fields has run for 20 yards and one TD.
  • Tyrone Lewis Jr. has collected three interceptions to go with 65 tackles and four passes defended in 11 games for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
  • In 11 games for the Ragin’ Cajuns, K.C. Ossai has amassed 71 tackles, two TFL, and one sack.
  • In 11 games for the Ragin’ Cajuns, Kendre Gant has delivered 58 tackles, four TFL, and five sacks.
  • The Ragin’ Cajuns’ Jasper Williams has posted 60 tackles, one TFL, and one sack in 10 games.

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana Predictions and Pick

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana betting card

  • Pick ATS:

    Jacksonville State (-3.5)

  • Pick OU: Under (58.5)

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Our pick to win this game is Jacksonville State, and we expect that Jacksonville State will cover the spread (Jacksonville State -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 58.5 points.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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