The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (named after its title sponsor R+L Carriers) is a match-up of a team from the Mountain West Conference (since 2011) against a team from the Sun Belt Conference and is being played at the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December.
As of 2010 this bowl game is one of the two guaranteed bids that the Sun Belt Conference will receive for the post season. This Bowl is one of the newer bowl games in the post-season. It started in 2001 and was previously sponsored by Wyndham until R+L Carriers took over the title sponsorship. Back then the intention was to showcase the champions of the Sun Belt Conference versus an 'at-large opponent'.
In the meantime the match-up has slightly changed. You will now see the champion of the Sun Belt Conference and a team from the Conference-USA. It was in 2006 when the sponsor and therefore title of the bowl changed to R+L Carriers. Except of 2005, when the bowl was moved to Lafayette and played at Cajun Field of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina, the location of the bowl game is the New Orleans Superdome. The Superdome is the largest, fixed dome structure in the world and can hold up to 70,000 enthusiastic fans.
2011 New Orleans Bowl
In the 2011 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl game the Louisiana-Lafayette's Ragin' Cajuns (9-4) faced the San Diego State Aztecs (8-5) on 12/17/2011 at 8pm local time (9pm EST) and won 32-30. Lafayette was in the lead most of the way, but suddenly fell behind 30-29, when the Aztecs' quarterback Ryan Lindley connected with Colin Lockett on a 12-yard touchdown strike with 35 seconds to go in the game. Luckily for Louisiana, the team was able to push the ball to the 38 yard line and eventually win through a field goal.
As most of the college bowl games, ESPN broadcasted this one live as well. Since 1970, this is the first time for the Ragin' Cajuns to participate in a bowl game again. The SDSU's Aztecs participated in their first ever back-to-back bowl game in their Division I history, after beating Navy in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl.
2010 New Orleans Bowl
The 2010 Bowl game was scheduled for December 18, 2010 at 9pm EST (8pm local time) and was televised by ESPN. The match-up: The Troy Trojans vs. the Ohio Bobcats. And what a game it was. The Trojans won with a whopping 48 to 21 over Ohio. The man to talk about: Corey Robinson. He completed 32 of 42 passes for four Trojan touchdowns, one score off Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith’s 2007 Bowl record.
While in New Orleans, try out their newest buzz: The New Orleans MealTicket- Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner for one low price at a number of New Orleans restaurants.. The New Orleans MealTicket™™ is the most exciting new product for New Orleans visitors and the best value available for New Orleans dining! For one low price, you receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any of a number of popular New Orleans and French Quarter restaurants. And better yet, no reservations are required.
2009 New Orleans Bowl
The 2009 bowl game was played on December 20th. It matched up the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, with a clear win for Tennessee.
Share your favorite College Football Bowl Game experience
Write About It Here!
Did your team make it to the bowl games? Did they even win? Share your thoughts and experience! Or just simply ask any bowl related question you have. That can be a question about the closest hotel to the stadium, the best restaurant for before/after the game, or anything else you would like to share or ask.
Here are some topics people always like to hear/read about:
What do you like/don't like about this bowl?
Which bowl do you think is the best?
What do fans have to look out for (bad parking, nice view, fireworks on special nights, secret giveaways, loose stairs on row 45, etc)?
Where do you find the best food, the coldest beer, etc. (in or around the stadium)?