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Independence Bowl

To cap the nationwide bicentennial celebrations in 1976, Americans were treated to a fitting upset in the inaugural Independence Bowl, as an injury-ravaged McNeese State squad scored late to tip Tulsa in a 20-16 thriller.

The game has been played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, every year since, but it became a regional attraction in 1995 by affiliating with the Southeast Conference. That year, home state Louisiana State University dismantled Michigan State in a 45-26 rout, easily covering a 6-point spread in front of 48,835 fans – the largest Independence Bowl crowd to date at the time.

Between 1998 and 2009, the SEC played a Big 12 team, leading to several memorable showdowns. In 2000, when a freak storm created blizzard conditions, Mississippi State outlasted Texas A&M as 1-point underdogs in a 43-41 shootout known as the “Snow Bowl.” And in 2007, in a sign of things to come, new head coach Nick Saban led Alabama to a 30-24 win over Colorado to cover as 4.5-point favorites.

That game started a streak of five straight covers for favorites, but over the next five-year period (2012-2016), two underdogs managed to win outright. Ohio (+6.5) walloped Louisiana-Monroe 45-14 in 2012, and South Carolina (+3) nipped Miami 24-21 in 2014. Dogs also cashed in on Tulsa (+13.5) in 2015 – when the Golden Hurricane nearly outgunned Virginia Tech in a 55-52 track meet.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will square off with the Florida State Seminoles in this year’s Independence Bowl. Florida State was an atrocious 3-8-1 ATS during the regular season, while the Golden Eagles were a good team to back, as they went 8-4 ATS. Check out our Independence Bowl betting preview here

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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 State41Vanderbilt17+5.5NC StateNC State
2017Independence BowlSouthern Miss-Florida State-   

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