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R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: San Diego State Should Run All over UL-Lafayette

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Ronnie Hillman #13 of San Diego State runs for a first down as Jordan Kovacs #32 of the Michigan Wolverines attempts to make the stop runs during the first half of the game at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIDecember 6, 2011

The last game of the opening day of bowl season should be the biggest blowout of the three. Both San Diego State and Louisiana Lafayette come into the game with 8-4 records.

Even with their records being the same these teams are not close in any way. The Aztecs are simply a better football team. Sophomore Ronnie Hillman is the third leading rusher in the FBS. His 1,656 yards and 19 touchdowns paced the Aztecs all year long. San Diego State's loses are to Michigan, TCU, Wyoming and Boise State. 

If for some weird reason the Aztecs can't run the ball, senior QB Ryan Lindley is more than capable of moving the team. Lindley passed for 2,740 yards on the season, throwing 20 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions.

Louisiana-Lafayette is a decent team but lacks that big star. Junior QB Blaine Gautier is the Cajuns' only real threat. Gautier passed for 2,488 yards on the season to go with his 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.

This game will be close during the first half, but I see San Diego State running away with it. Look for Hillman to get close to 200 yards on the ground and Lindley to throw two touchdowns.

Final score for this one will be San Diego State 38-Louisiana-Lafayette 24.

This is the game for you to bid high if you are doing the ranking structure on your fantasy games.

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