New Orleans Bowl Leads First Night of 2018 Bowl Season
The New Orleans Bowl is also tonight, as Appalachian State faces Middle Tennessee in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Two good quarterbacks in this one, Zac Thomas for Appalachian State, while the Blue Raiders have Conference USA MVP Bent Stockstill.
Here's how CBS Sports looks at the game:
"Bowl games like these are hard to predict when a coach is on the way out. However, the Mountaineers have been consistently one of the best Group of Five teams from start to finish. With a point differential of +21 for the year, App. State boasts the Sun Belt's best scoring offense and scoring defense. Middle Tennessee is certainly capable, but App. State is a complete football team and it would take a letdown for the Blue Raiders to pull the upset. Pick: Appalachian State -7.5"
CBS Sports has a handful of "experts" picking the game too. Nearly all of them pick App State in the game, but almost all of them are picking Middle Tennessee to keep it close.