New Orleans Bowl scouting report: In the trenches _lowres

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo celebrates his 41-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas, on Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014.

UL-Lafayette: DL Christian Ringo

By the numbers: 42 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks

The skinny: Ringo was borderline unstoppable for a stretch this season, when he racked up all of his sacks and all but one of his tackles for loss over seven weeks. But he has been held back lately as double teams have sapped some of his play-making abilities.

Nevada: DL Ian Seau

By the numbers: 37 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 7 sacks

The skinny: Like Ringo, the nephew of former NFL great Junior Seau went on a big-play binge in the middle of the season, racking up five of his sacks and six of his tackles for loss in a four-week stretch. Like Ringo, he’s been quiet lately — half a sack in his past three games.

The verdict

Seau put together a nice season, enough to earn himself All-Mountain West second-team honors. But when Ringo is at his best, he has the ability to take the offense out of its game plan entirely. Both need to rebound from a slow finish but, if that happens, it’ll be Ringo having the biggest impact on the game.

Advantage: Cajuns.