2023 Independence Bowl Lines - California vs. Texas Tech Odds

Independence Bowl Lines - California vs. Texas Tech

2022 Independence Bowl NCAA Football Betting

Justin Wilcox must have been reading his Bible in regard to the inspiring story of Lazarus. In the final game of the regular season, Wilcox took his California Golden Bears to UCLA for what was expected to be a loss. Also, it was projected that Wilcox would face the firing squad as the Golden Bears head coach the following day. Instead, Cal pulled off a shocking upset to gain bowl eligibility and save Wilcox’s job. After rising from the dead, Wilcox and Cal face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Independence Bowl.

2023 Independence Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023

Time (ET) / TV: 9:15 PM / ESPN

Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Matchup: California Golden Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

College Football Betting Lines

California Golden Bears +3

Texas Tech Red Raiders -3

Total: 58.5

Money Line: California +125, Texas Tech -146

Independence Bowl Preview

Last game, the California Golden Bears won 33-7 against the UCLA Bruins as 9-point road dogs. The game went under the total of 51. UCLA has a record of 6-6 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under the total. Cal ranks 58th for total offense, 81st for passing, 34th for rushing and 40th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 109th overall, 130th against the pass, 39th against the rush, and 113th for points allowed. Also, Cal ranks 125th for fewest turnovers lost and 54th for takeaways.

Last game, the Texas Tech Red Raiders lost 57-7 against the Texas Longhorns as 14-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 52.5. Texas Tech has a record of 6-6 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under the total. Texas Tech ranks 65th for total offense, 71st for passing, 59th for rushing, and 71st for scoring. Defensively, they rank 89th overall, 68th against the pass, 97th against the rush, and 74th for points allowed. Also, Texas Tech ranks 29th for fewest turnovers lost and 69th for takeaways.

Independence Bowl Prediction

In this situation, Cal enters the game with momentum and nothing to lose.

Independence Bowl Format

The Independence Bowl is played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Independence Stadium is home to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The current conference tie-ins are rotational, with the Big 12 and Pac-12 this year, Army and the Pac-12 for 2024, and the Big 12 and CUSA for 2025. The payout for the Independence Bowl remains $2.2 million.

The Independence Bowl has had numerous sponsors. Of course, the most famous of the sponsors was Poulan, which held the title of what was known as the “Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl” from 1990-97. To this day, many people think of this game as the Weedeater Bowl. The term is also used derisively for teams that make minor bowl games. Radiance Technologies has been the sponsor since 2020.

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Independence Bowl Game Results (2000)

2022 Houston Louisiana 23-16
2021 UAB BYU 31-28
2020 Cancelled due to COVID
2019 Louisiana Tech Miami (Fla.) 14-0
2018 Duke Temple 56-27
2017 Florida State Southern Miss 42-13
2016 North Carolina State Vanderbilt 41-17
2015 Virginia Tech Tulsa 55-52
2014 South Carolina Miami (Fla.) 24-21
2013 Arizona Boston College 42-19
2012 Ohio Louisiana-Monroe 45-14
2011 Missouri North Carolina 41-24
2010 Air Force Georgia Tech 14-7
2009 Georgia Texas A&M 44-20
2008 Louisiana Tech Northern Illinois 17-10
2007 Alabama Colorado 30-24
2006 Oklahoma State Alabama 34-31
2005 Missouri South Carolina 38-31
2004 Iowa State Miami (Ohio) 17-13
2003 Arkansas Missouri 27-14
2002 Mississippi Nebraska 27-23
2001 Alabama Iowa State 14-13
2000 Mississippi State Texas A&M 43-41 (OT)

Favorites have gone 11-3 straight up and 10-4 against the spread in the last 14 Independence Bowls. But the underdogs have come through in the past two affairs in Shreveport. Duke routed Temple in 2018 in a 56-27 blowout as 3.5-point dogs, followed by Louisiana Tech blanking Miami (FL) 14-0 in 2019 as a near touchdown 'dog. Louisiana Tech recorded the first shutout in Independence Bowl history while snapping a four-game 'over' run in this game.

The 2020 installment was wiped out due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, but the game returned on Dec. 18, 2021, in a battle between independent BYU and Conference USA representative UAB.

In 2022, Houston defeated Louisiana, led by QB Clayton Tune’s 229 passing yards with three TDs. Louisiana committed three turnovers.

2023-24 College Football Bowl Games

Saturday, December 16
Myrtle Beach Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Ohio
Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Florida A&M vs. Howard
New Orleans Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana
Cure Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State
New Mexico Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Fresno State vs. New Mexico State
LA Bowl 7:30 PM / ABC UCLA vs. Boise State
Independence Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. California
Monday, December 18
Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily Famous Toastery Bowl) 2:30 PM / ESPN Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion
Tuesday, December 19
Frisco Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Marshall vs. UTSA
Thursday, December 21
Boca Raton Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN USF vs. Syracuse
Friday, December 22
Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Georgia Tech vs. UCF
Saturday, December 23
Birmingham Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Troy vs. Duke
Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
Armed Forces Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Air Force vs. James Madison
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Georgia State vs. Utah State
68 Ventures Bowl 7:00 PM / ESPN Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama
Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ABC Northwestern vs. Utah
Hawai'i Bowl 10:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina
Tuesday, December 26
Quick Lane Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Bowling Green vs. Minnesota
First Responder Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Texas State vs. Rice
Guaranteed Rate Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Kansas vs. UNLV
Wednesday, December 27
Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Tulane vs. Virginia Tech
Duke's Mayo Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN (15) Louisville vs. Southern Cal
Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN (20) Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Thursday, December 28
Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN (24) SMU vs. Boston College
Pinstripe Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN Rutgers vs. Miami
Pop-Tarts Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN (18) NC State vs. (25) Kansas State
Alamo Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN (12) Oklahoma vs. (14) Arizona
Friday, December 29
Gator Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN (22) Clemson vs. Kentucky
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS (16) Notre Dame vs. (19) Oregon State
Liberty Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Memphis vs. Iowa State
Cotton Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN (7) Ohio State vs. (9) Missouri
Saturday, December 30
Peach Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN (10) Penn State vs. (11) Mississippi
Music City Bowl 2:00 PM / ABC Auburn vs. Maryland
Orange Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN (5) Florida State vs. (6) Georgia 
Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Wyoming vs. Toledo
Monday, Jan. 1, 2024
ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 (13) LSU vs. Wisconsin
Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC (17) Iowa vs. (21) Tennessee
Fiesta Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN (8) Oregon vs. (23) Liberty
Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal) 5:00 PM / ESPN (1) Michigan vs. (4) Alabama
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal) 8:45 PM / ESPN (2) Washington vs. (3) Texas
Monday, Jan. 8, 2024
CFP National Championship Game 7:30 PM / ESPN Semifinals Winners

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