1. Establish the Run
Louisiana-Lafayette boasts the No. 1 rush offense in the Sun Belt Conference, tallying more than 220 yards per game on the ground.
The Ragin' Cajuns are undefeated when they break 200 yards on the ground and will beat Tulane if they can beat that mark.
ULL is led by a strong one-two punch at running back of Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire. The two have combined for 20 rushing touchdowns and 1,686 yards.
Additionally, quarterback Terrance Broadway, who has added 421 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, is in question for the bowl game after breaking his forearm against Louisiana-Monroe. Tim Buckley of The Advertiser reported that Broadway is expected to return in time for the tilt with Tulane.
If he is unable to go, the roles played by Harris and McGuire will be that much more crucial.
2. Force Nick Montana Into Mistakes
Nick Montana has thrown just nine interceptions on the season, but seven of them have come in Tulane losses.
He has had two games with multiple picks and, not coincidentally, those coincided with two of the Green Wave's worst offensive outputs. The junior was picked three times as Tulane mustered just 167 total yards against Florida Atlantic. The next game, he was intercepted twice when his team posted just seven points in a loss to Texas-San Antonio.
Meanwhile, ULL has just one loss this season in games where it had at least one interception. That defeat came against Big 12 foe Kansas State.
If the Cajuns can pressure Montana into throwing an interception or two, they'll be hoisting their third straight New Orleans Bowl trophy.
3. Finish Drives
ULL broke its eight-game winning streak in Week 14 in a 31-28 loss to rival Louisiana-Monroe. The Cajuns outgained the Warhawks by nearly 100 yards, gained 10 more first downs and were excellent on third down.
However, ULL failed to finish drives and lost the turnover battle. The Cajuns missed one field goal and Broadway threw three interceptions, including two in the ULM end zone.
Their production greatly eclipsed that of the Warhawks, but they still lost because of those mistakes. ULL should be able to outproduce Tulane as well, but if it can't avoid mistakes, it'll end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard once again.