Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl

It took a late surge and an expanded bowl schedule, but Virginia Tech extended its bowl streak to 23 consecutive seasons. Now the Hokies will try to send longtime head coach Frank Beamer off into retirement on a winning note when they battle the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa in the 40th edition of the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 26 @ 5:45pm ET
Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Additional Read: Tulsa vs Virginia Tech Betting

2015 Camping World Independence Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Virginia Tech-14

Odds at 5Dimes

Team Records
Virginia TechACC6-66-65-7

Camping World Independence Bowl Matchup

Virginia Tech began this season as the favorite to win the ACC's Coastal Division, but offensive woes proved costly. The Hokies started 2-1, the defeat coming against defending national champion Ohio State, but then lost four of their next five games to not only fall out of contention in the conference race, but put their hard-earned bowl streak in jeopardy. Virginia Tech then won two straight games, lost in overtime to North Carolina, then secured bowl eligibility with a 23-20 rivalry victory over Virginia in the season finale.

Tulsa, meanwhile, figured to finish somewhere near the bottom of the AAC's West Division, in its first season under new head coach Philip Montgomery. But the Hurricane started 2-0, with a road win at eventual bowl qualifier New Mexico. Tulsa then lost four of its next five games, but three of those defeats came against eventual Big 12 champion Oklahoma, eventual AAC champion Houston and Memphis. The Hurricane then won three of their last five games, earning bowl eligibility with a 45-34 victory over Tulane in the season finale.

The Hurricanes are 3-1 ATS this season as double-digit dogs. They're also 4-0 on the OVER their last four times out, playing some high-scoring games. Virginia Tech is 3-1 ATS over its last four games. It's also 7-1 on the UNDER in its last eight outings, as its defense has held five of eight opponents to 21 points or less.

The Hokies are 10-12 SU and 9-12-1 ATS in 22 bowl games under Coach Beamer. Last year Virginia Tech went into the Military Bowl against Cincinnati as a two-point underdog but upset the Bearcats 33-17.

Tulsa is playing in a bowl for the first time since beating Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl three seasons ago 31-17.

Camping World Independence Bowl Betting Trends
  • The favorite is 7-2 SU and ATS in the last nine Independence Bowls
  • Tulsa is 4-1 ATS in its last five games after a win.
  • Tulsa is 9-21 SU in its last 30 games.
  • The total has gone under in six of Tulsa's last eight games in December.
  • Virginia Tech is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven games after an ATS loss.
  • Virginia Tech is 25-5 SU in its last 30 games against the American Athletic Conference.
  • The total has gone under in Virginia Tech's last four games.

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Independence Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Independence BowlMichigan State26LSU45-6LSULSU
1996Independence BowlArmy29Auburn32-9ARMYAUBRN
1997Independence BowlNotre Dame9LSU27-7LSULSU
1998Independence BowlMississippi35Texas Tech18-8.5MISSMISS
1999Independence BowlMississippi27Oklahoma25-4MISSMISS
2000Independence BowlMississippi State43Texas A&M41-1MIS.STMIS.ST
2001Independence BowlAlabama14Iowa State13+6.5IOWASTALAB
2002Independence BowlNebraska23Mississippi27+7MISSMISS
2003Independence BowlMissouri14Arkansas27-3ARKARK
2004Independence BowlMiami (Ohio)13Iowa State17+3IOWASTIOWAST
2005Independence BowlMissouri38South Carolina31-3.5MIZZOUMIZZOU
2006Independence BowlOklahoma State34Alabama31+2OKLASTOKLAST
2007Independence BowlColorado24Alabama30-4.5ALABALAB
2008Independence BowlNorthern Illinois10Louisiana Tech17-3LATECHLATECH
2009Independence BowlTexas A&M20Georgia44-6.5GEORGIGEORGI
2010Independence BowlGeorgia Tech7Air Force14-3AIRFORAIRFOR
2011Independence BowlNorth Carolina24Missouri41-4.5MIZZOUMIZZOU
2012Independence BowlOhio45La-Monroe14-6.5OHIOOHIO
2013AdvoCare V100Boston College19Arizona42-7.5ARZARZ
2014Independence BowlMiami21South Carolina24+3South CarolinaSouth Carolina
2015Independence BowlTulsa-Virginia Tech--14--
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