Independence Bowl Odds

The Miami Hurricanes will represent the ACC in a matchup against the SEC’s South Carolina Gamecocks in this season’s Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

Miami stumbles into this matchup with an 0-3 record both straight-up and against the spread in its last three games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five outings. South Carolina closed out its season with a 35-17 loss to another ACC team in its annual rivalry against Clemson as a 4.5-point road underdog. The Gamecocks are now 3-6 ATS in their last nine games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six outings.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year’s bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Independence Bowl
Saturday, December 27 @ 3:30pm ET
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Team: Miami Hurricanes
Conference: ACC
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS, 4-8 OU

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Conference: SEC
Records: 6-6 SU, 4-8 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Miami -15 / 59.5

[ Independence Bowl Matchup Stats | Miami vs South Carolina Betting Preview ]

Independence Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are 9-2 ATS past 11 Independence Bowls . . . Miami lost five of past six bowls SU and ATS.

The Hurricanes’ defense has been nowhere to be found in their current three-game slide with Florida State, Virginia, and Pittsburgh all scoring 30 points or more. The highlight of the offense was running back Duke Johnson, who racked up 1,520 rushing yards on 218 carries. Miami went 5-3 ATS this season in eight games as a favorite on the closing betting odds and the total stayed UNDER in eight of its 12 games overall.

South Carolina had visions of competing for the SEC East Division title this season, but instead it posted a losing 3-5 SU record in conference play. Most of head coach Steve Spurrier’s issues were on the defensive side of the ball. This unit ended up ranked 93rd in the nation in points allowed (31.2), and it actually gave up 40 or more points in four games this year. The Gamecocks did manage to cover ATS in three of four games in which they closed as underdogs.

Independence Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

1995 Independence Bowl Michigan State 26 LSU 45 -6 LSU LSU
1996 Independence Bowl Army 29 Auburn 32 -9 ARMY AUBRN
1997 Independence Bowl Notre Dame 9 LSU 27 -7 LSU LSU
1998 Independence Bowl Mississippi 35 Texas Tech 18 -8.5 MISS MISS
1999 Independence Bowl Mississippi 27 Oklahoma 25 -4 MISS MISS
2000 Independence Bowl Mississippi State 43 Texas A&M 41 -1 MIS.ST MIS.ST
2001 Independence Bowl Alabama 14 Iowa State 13 6.5 IOWAST ALAB
2002 Independence Bowl Nebraska 23 Mississippi 27 7 MISS MISS
2003 Independence Bowl Missouri 14 Arkansas 27 -3 ARK ARK
2004 Independence Bowl Miami (Ohio) 13 Iowa State 17 3 IOWAST IOWAST
2005 Independence Bowl Missouri 38 South Carolina 31 -3.5 MIZZOU MIZZOU
2006 Independence Bowl Oklahoma State 34 Alabama 31 2 OKLAST OKLAST
2007 Independence Bowl Colorado 24 Alabama 30 -4.5 ALAB ALAB
2008 Independence Bowl Northern Illinois 10 Louisiana Tech 17 -3 LATECH LATECH
2009 Independence Bowl Texas A&M 20 Georgia 44 -6.5 GEORGI GEORGI
2010 Independence Bowl Georgia Tech 7 Air Force 14 -3 AIRFOR AIRFOR
2011 Independence Bowl North Carolina 24 Missouri 41 -4.5 MIZZOU MIZZOU
2012 Independence Bowl Ohio 45 La-Monroe 14 -6.5 OHIO OHIO
2013 AdvoCare V100 Boston College 19 Arizona 42 -7.5 ARZ ARZ
2014 Independence Bowl Miami   South Carolina        

 

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This year’s AdvoCare V100 Bowl – formerly the Independence Bowl - has the Boston College Eagles, who finished third in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, taking on the Arizona Wildcats, who finished fourth in the Pac-12’s South Division.

It is the first trip to this particular bowl game for both teams.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Tuesday, December 31 @ 12:30pm ET
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Team: Boston College Eagles
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Records: 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 8-4 OU

Team: Arizona Wildcats
Conference: Pacific 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 4-8 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Arizona Wildcats -7.5 / 57 Points

[AdvoCare V100 Bowl Matchup Stats | Boston College vs. Arizona Betting Preview]

AdvoCare V100 Bowl Betting Trends: Boston College is just 1-6 ATS in their last seven bowl game appearances . . . The UNDER is 5-1 in Arizona’s bowl game appearances, dating back to 1997 . . . Favorites are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 Independence Bowl games.

Led by RB Andre Williams, who led the nation this year with 2,102 rushing yards, the Boston College Eagles are 7-5 SU. The Eagles were upset 34-31 in their last outing by Syracuse, who needed the win to secure bowl game eligibility. BC had little difficulty winning in their four previous games, playing OVER in each game. The Eagles have faced three teams currently in the Top 25, losing to No. 1 Florida State, No. 25 USC, and No. 12 Clemson, but covering against the Seminoles and Tigers. The Arizona Wildcats have lost three of their last five SU, including a brutal 58-21 loss to Arizona State last time out. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last five games. They own the 12th best running game in the nation, averaging over 265 yards per game, but sit a dismal 100th in passing, averaging 186.5 yards per game and reaching that number only once in their last four outings.

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It's a battle between an ATS winner and an ATS loser at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport on December 28, as the Ohio Bobcats (4-8 ATS) take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4 ATS) at Independence Stadium.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes, Bovada, and BetOnline today.

Independence Bowl
Friday, December 28 @ 2:00pm ET
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Team: Ohio Bobcats
Conference: Mid-American
Records: 8-4 SU, 4-8 ATS, 5-6 OU

Team: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Conference: Sun Belt
Records: 8-4 SU, 8-4 ATS, 9-3 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Louisiana-Monroe -6.5 / 59 Points

[Independence Bowl Matchup Stats]

Independence Bowl Betting Trends: Past two Independence Bowls played UNDER the total . . . Favorites are 8-1 ATS in past nine games (including six in a row) . . . Louisiana-Monroe has never played in a bowl game.

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The Missouri Tigers are 0-2 SU and ATS in their last two bowl games, losing as a 6-point favorite to Navy in 2009 and as a 3-point favorite last year against Iowa.

For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at 5Dimes today.

Independence Bowl
Monday, December 26 @ 5:00pm ET
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Missouri Tigers
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, 6-5-1 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Missouri -5.0 / 52.5 Points

[Independence Bowl Matchup Stats]

The Missouri Tigers and North Carolina Tar Heels look to cap off the 2011 season with a bowl win in the Independence Bowl. Both programs are 1-2 SU in their last three bowl games.

While both schools finished with a 7-5 record, North Carolina peaked early while Missouri peaked late. The Tar Heels started the season off 5-1 SU (3-3 ATS) but then stumbled to a 2-4 SU (3-3 ATS) finish. The Tigers on the other hand were 4-5 SU (5-3-1 ATS) before winning their final three games (1-2 ATS) to earn bowl eligibility. Missouri was just 2-4 ATS as a favorite this season, but only lost one game outright as the favorite.

Sophomore James Franklin was sensational in his first year as a starter for Missouri, establishing himself as a legitimate dual-threat weapon. Franklin passed for 2,733 yards and 20 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and also rushed for 839 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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It’s the 8-4 and second-best rushing offense of the Air Force Falcons that will be 3-point favorites in college football betting for the Independence Bowl matchup against the top-rushing offense of the 6-6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Independence Bowl
Monday, December 27 @ 5:00pm ET
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Team: Air Force Falcons
Conference: Mountain West Conference
Records: 8-4 SU, 4-7 ATS, 3-8 OU

Team: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-5-1 ATS, 5-6 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Air Force -3 / 56 Points

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[Independence Bowl Matchup Stats]

There certainly won’t be a lot of passes thrown with these two rushing teams playing off in this bowl game. And if Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt (broken arm) is unable to play, that would be a big blow to their chances and could swing bettors to make a play on the Falcons covering the Independence Bowl odds.

Without Nesbitt, who ran for 737 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdowns, Anthony Allen will be asked to pick up any slack. While he held down the fort admirably, the Yellow Jackets dropped four of their last five games.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has had success against Air Force, but with a team that was scoring over 30 points a game and is now averaging just 20.6, it could make snapping that five-game bowl-less drought a difficult challenge.

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Air Force, meanwhile, unlike Georgia Tech, is riding high as they come into the Independence Bowl having won three straight. Junior running back Asher Clark ran for 1,001 yards with five touchdowns to lead the way, while quarterback Tim Jefferson had a team-high 15 rushing TDs while amassing 769 yards on the ground.

If Jared Tew is cleared to play for the Falcons, it could give them another option. He had three touchdowns and 540 yards rushing in seven games, before moving to the injury list.

With both teams expected to display a ground attack in the Independence Bowl, and with the majority of both teams' games paying out to UNDER bettors during the season, there’s no reason to feel this trend will be stopped.