It’s Bowl Season again. While most eyes are focused on the college football playoffs, locals know that there is another big game in da Dome. Today, organizers announced that Arkansas State University and Louisiana Tech University accepted invitations to the 15th Annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19.
For the last four years, the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) has dominated the game (and won the hearts of bartenders across the Quarter). The local mantle will fall to Skip Holtz’s Tech Bulldogs (8-4) this year. The Bulldogs will be making their inaugural visit to the New Orleans Bowl, but the squad is not deterred.
“Learning about the New Orleans Bowl invitation today brings me great excitement. To represent Louisiana Tech in only its eighth bowl game in school history is certainly something that our players are really excited about. One of the advantages of being in Conference USA is not only the bowl opportunities but also the geographical locations that give our fans an opportunity to see the 2015 team play one more time. We are looking forward to the opportunity to play the Sun Belt Conference champions and are excited to go to New Orleans next week,” said Holtz.
Head Coach Blake Anderson’s Arkansas State Red Wolves finished as Sun Belt Conference champions this season with a 9-3 overall record and an 8-0 conference record.
“This will be the fifth consecutive bowl-game appearance for our program, and our team is again excited about the opportunity to continue our season with another highly respected and well-organized bowl game like the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. This will be my first trip to the New Orleans Bowl as a head coach, but I've been twice before as an assistant and can say from my past involvement that this will be an outstanding experience for our team and fans alike,” commented Anderson.
The game will kick off at 8p.m. and will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.