The table is set for the 13th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

The (7-5) Tulane Green Wave accepted the invitation on Tuesday to play in the game. The team will match up against the (8-3) University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Tulane's home turf in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 21.

Tulane Head Coach Curtis Johnson says there are certain advantages to not having to get on a plane to go bowling.

'Everybody around here, all the fans, from Uptown, all the way Downtown, 9th Ward, everywhere, can come out, see us one more time, see this tremendous number of seniors play well again for us,' said Johnson.

ULL Rajin' Cajun Head Coach Mark Hudspeth talked about facing Tulane in the 'Dome.

'This is sort of odd, going to play an opponent in their home stadium,' said Hudspeth. 'We sort of like to call the dome our home stadium for the last two years when we played there.'

This will be ULL's third trip to the New Orleans Bowl in as many years. This is Tulane's first bowl bid in more than a decade.

'Both teams have much excitement in the way they play,' said New Orleans Bowl Board Member Paul Valteau. 'They play wide open offenses. I think it will be fun for the fans who come to the game.'

But, will having two Louisiana teams hurt the economic impact of the game?

'Lafayette brought over 20,000 people last year for two or three days. Very strong hotel and hospitality service they provided to us by coming to the New Orleans Bowl,' said New Orleans Sports Foundation President and CEO Jay Cicero. 'Tulane is going to bring probably less hotel rooms, but more people wanting to enjoy and be downtown the weekend and celebrate.'

Organizers say if all goes as expected, the New Orleans Bowl could break attendance records.

The game has continued to grow year over year. Last year, it attracted nearly 49,000 fans.

'I just think with the proximity of the two universities and the history of the two universities, both being from the state of Louisiana, I think it adds to the bowl game, a lot to the excitement,' said Hudspeth.

'It's going to be a fantastic match-up,' said Johnson. 'Everyone will come around, we'll see our differences. I got a little Cajun in me. I got a little Uptown in me also. So, it's just going to be a good game. It's going to be a good night for us.'

The New Orleans Bowl's estimated economic impact is around $15 million.

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