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Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl

The Vanderbilt Commodores aim for a third straight bowl game victory as they take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in this year's Independence Bowl. Vanderbilt has covered in three of four postseason outings, while the Wolfpack look to recover from a 51-28 loss to Mississippi as 6-point underdogs in last year's Belk Bowl.

Kickoff: Monday, December 26 @ 5 p.m. ET
Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Additional Read: North Carolina State vs Vanderbilt Betting

2016 Independence Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
North Carolina State-4

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
North Carolina StateACC6-68-44-7-1

Independence Bowl Matchup

The Commodores wrapped up their campaign on a high note, handing Mississippi a 38-17 loss as 9.5-point underdogs, before upsetting Tennessee 45-34 as 7-point home underdogs. That lifted Vanderbilt to 4-2 straight up and against the spread in its past six, with three of those wins coming as an underdog.

Vanderbilt has also covered in six straight overall when pegged as an underdog by four or more points, and is also 11-5 ATS in 16 as an underdog by four or more away from Vanderbilt Stadium. However, the Commodores have posted the SU win in just four of those contests.

The Commodores have employed a stingy defense this season, holding opponents to 20 or fewer points in five of their past eight. The sportsbooks have taken notice, pegging the point total at well below 50 in five of eight, with the UNDER also prevailing on five occasions.

After kicking off the season on a 4-1 SU run, the Wolfpack struggled in conference play, going 2-5 SU in their final seven regular season contests. However, NC State finished strong, stunning archrival North Carolina 28-21 as 9.5-point road chalk on Rivalry Weekend.

The Wolfpack have also been consistently strong performers at the sportsbooks, going 8-4 ATS this season. NC State also sports a strong postseason record, going 7-4 SU and 7-3-1 ATS in its past 11 bowl game appearances, and 4-0 SU and ATS as bowl game betting favorites.

These two squads last met in the 2012 Music City Bowl, where Vanderbilt claimed a 38-24 win as 7.5-point chalk. The Wolfpack are winless SU and ATS in their past five against SEC opponents, while Vanderbilt is 4-1 SU against ACC squads, but winless ATS in its past two.

Independence Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in Vanderbilt's last four games against the ACC.
  • Vanderbilt is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games after a win.
  • Vanderbilt is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games in the postseason.
  • North Carolina State is 2-7 SU in its last nine games after a win.
  • The total has gone UNDER in North Carolina State's last five games.
  • North Carolina State is 0-5 SU and ATS in its last five games against the SEC.

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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 BowlTulsa52Virginia Tech55-13.5TulsaVirginia Tech
2016Independence BowlNC State-Vanderbilt-+4  
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