New Orleans Bowl: Tulane has its starting quarterback while Louisiana-Lafayette may not

Nick Bromberg
December 20, 2013

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
New Orleans
Dec. 21, 2013

Yes, there's a Montana at quarterback for Tulane.

If you haven't been paying attention to the Green Wave all season, you may not know that Nick Montana, the son of NFL legend Joe Montana, is at the helm. He's played in 10 games and has thrown for 1,652 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. No, they're not the gaudiest of numbers.

There's a chance -- albeit a small one -- that he won't be the best quarterback on the field. That would be Lousiana-Lafayette's Terrence Broadway. But the chances of Broadway playing are slim, and may be none. He broke his arm against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 30. If the game was in January, you'd likely see Broadway, who threw 50 times in practice earlier in the week. But it's Saturday.

That means you'll probably see Brooks Haack under center for the Ragin' Cajuns. That may be a recipe for disaster. Tulane has one of the better defenses in the country, giving up 354 yards per game and a smidge over 21 points.

Plus, Tulane is playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2002 and at the stadium (The Superdome) where it plays its home games. Louisiana-Lafayette is looking for it's third straight New Orleans Bowl win after beating San Diego State and East Carolina the past two seasons.

Mascot Fight

This one is not even close. A Ragin Cajun' is no match for a Green Wave, no matter how feisty he or she is. And if the wave isn't big, it's green. Who knows what type of funguses and things would envelop the Ragin' Cajun.

Graham: Tulane 35, ULL 34. Like scoring? Well, this game should have a lot of that. I have no real reason to pick Tulane except that ULL quarterback Terrence Broadway probably won't play and Tulane is in the midst of its first good season since 2002.

Nick: ULL 24, Tulane 20. ULL coach Mark Hudspeth has bigger biceps. And when you're trying to pick between two Louisiana teams in the New Orleans Bowl, you go with the guy with the guns, especially if his team has won the game the past two seasons.

Sam: Tulane 21, ULL 20. ULL may be without Broadway and Tulane expects to have Montana back from a shoulder injury. That seems like a good reason to pick Tulane.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!