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Louisiana Lafayette vs. Miami Ohio Odds, Pick, Betting Line: Prediction, Spread for 2020 LendingTree Bowl


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  • Louisiana-Lafayette is a -14 favorite over Miami Ohio in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, with the total at 55.
  • ULL turned itself into one of the best Group of Five teams in the country behind a stellar offensive line and running game.
  • Miami Ohio on the other hand was fortunate to win eight games and the MAC title considering its underlying offensive numbers.
  • See our experts' Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami Ohio picks and predictions below.

Lending Tree Bowl Odds: Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana

  • Spread: ULL -14
  • Over/Under: 56
  • Date: Jan. 6
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Location: Mobile, Ala.

Both teams in the LendingTree Bowl reached their respective conference title games, but took different paths to get there.

Louisiana Lafayette continued its ascension under coach Billy Napier this season, going 10-3 with losses to only Mississippi State and Appalachian State twice. They ranked top 10 among Group of Five teams in our power ratings.

Miami Ohio had 1.7 second order wins (No. 2) meaning they were more like a 6-7 team than an 8-5 one. The RedHawks won five games by less than a touchdown.

That’s why the Ragin’ Cajuns are a two-touchdown favorite over Miami Ohio in Monday’s LendingTree Bowl.

Here’s how I’m betting it:

Odds as of Sunday night and via PointsBet, where Action Network users can access an exclusive promotion to get a 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150). No strings attached. No rollover required.

Miami Ohio vs. Louisiana Line Movement

Bettors are split on this game, with ULL getting a slight majority as of Sunday night. The line has moved from -13.5 to -14 as a result.

The total has moved from 55.5 to 55 with 56% of the money on the under.

Collin Wilson: Defenses Will be the Story

The last time Miami of Ohio played an offense that ranked top 10 in success rate, the Redhawks allowed 8.35 yards per play in a 76-5 loss to Ohio State.

No gambler will mistake the UL Lafayette offense for the Buckeyes, but a rushing success rank of No. 4 in the nation may lead to similar success against Miami of Ohio.

Considering a non-conference schedule that also included Cincinnati and Iowa, the RedHawks outperformed the MAC and their previous seasons on defense.

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