2022 Independence Bowl Odds - Louisiana vs. Houston Betting

Independence Bowl Odds - Louisiana vs. Houston

2022 Independence Bowl NCAA Football Betting

Louisiana will be playing in its 10th bowl game, all of which have come after the 2011 season. They are 7-2 in bowl games and are currently on a three-game win streak. Last year Louisiana defeated Marshall, 36-21, in the New Orleans Bowl. Houston is headed to its 30th bowl game in school history and their third-straight bowl appearance in as many years. Houston will look to notch back-to-back bowl victories after narrowly beating Auburn 17-13 last year in the Birmingham Bowl. The Cougars ranked 16th in yards per play (6.5) versus FBS opponents in 2022.

2022 Independence Bowl at a Glance

Date: Friday, December 23, 2022

Time (ET) / TV: 3:00 PM / ABC

Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Matchup: Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Houston Cougars

College Football Betting Lines

Houston Cougars -6.5

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns +6.5

Total: 61.5

Independence Bowl Preview

Last game, the Houston Cougars lost 37-30 against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane as 13-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 66.5. Houston has a record of 7-5 straight up, 4-8 against the spread, and 10-2 over/under the total. Houston is 21st for total offense, 7th for passing, 78th for rushing and 14th for scoring. Defensively they rank 110th overall, 126th against the pass, 57th against the rush, and 118th for points allowed. Also, Houston ranks 95th for fewest turnovers lost and 105th for takeaways.

Houston has covered the spread four times in 12 games with a set spread. Houston has yet to cover the spread when they are at least 6.5-point favorites. This season, Houston games have hit the over nine times. The Cougars have won 62.5% of the games this season when they were the moneyline favorit. The Cougars are 2-1 (winning 60% of their games) when they have played as a moneyline favorite of -244 or shorter.

Last game, the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns won 41-13 against the Texas State Bobcats as 5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 43.5. Louisiana has a record of 6-6 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. Louisiana ranks 87th for total offense, 75th for passing, 80th for rushing and 77th for scoring.

Defensively they rank 48th overall, 60th against the pass, 50th against the rush, and 37th for points allowed. Also, Louisiana ranks 56th for fewest turnovers lost and 11th for takeaways.

Louisiana is 7-5-0 against the spread this season. Louisiana has a record of 2-1 ATS when playing as at least 6.5-point underdogs. This season, six Louisiana games have gone over the point total. This season, the Ragin’ Cajuns have won one out of the four games in which they’ve been the underdog. The Ragin’ Cajuns have a record of 1-1 in games where oddsmakers have them as underdogs of at least +194 on the moneyline.

Independence Bowl Prediction

In this situation, Houston has superior personnel and firepower.

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 BYU and CUSA taking turns in 2021. Army and the American Conference are on deck for 2022. The payout for the Independence Bowl is $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.

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Independence Bowl Game Results (2000)

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.

Most All-Time Wins

4 Mississippi 1986, 1998, 1999, 2002
3 Air Force 1983, 1984, 2010
2 Louisiana Tech 1977, 2008
2 Alabama 2001, 2007
2 Missouri 2005, 2011
2 Southern Miss 1980, 1988
2 Virginia Tech 1993, 2015
2 Georgia 1991, 2009
2 LSU 1995, 1997

2022-23 College Football Bowl Games

Dec. 16 Bahamas Bowl 11:30 AM / ESPN Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
Dec. 16 Cure Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Troy vs. UTSA
Dec. 17 Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Dec. 17 Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN BYU vs. SMU
Dec. 17 LA Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Fresno State vs. Washington State
Dec. 17 Lendingtree Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Southern Miss vs. Rice
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Florida vs. Oregon State
Dec. 17 Frisco Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Boise State vs. North Texas
Dec. 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN UConn vs. Marshall
Dec. 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Toledo vs. Liberty
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Air Force vs. Baylor
Dec. 23 Independence Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Houston vs. Louisiana
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
Dec. 27 Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Dec. 27 First Responder Bowl 3:15 PM / ESPN Utah State vs. Memphis
Dec. 27 Birmingham Bowl 6:45 PM / ESPN East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl 10:15 PM / ESPN Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 28 Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Duke vs. UCF
Dec. 28 Liberty Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Arkansas vs. Kansas
Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / FOX Oregon vs. North Carolina
Dec. 28 Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Washington vs. Texas
Dec. 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Maryland vs. NC State
Dec. 30 Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS Pitt vs. UCLA
Dec. 30 Gator Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
Dec. 30 Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Ohio vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Clemson vs. Tennessee
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Kentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 31 Sugar Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Alabama vs. Kansas State
Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN No. 1 Georgia vs. No 4. Ohio State
Dec. 31 VRBO Fiesta Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN USC vs. Tulane
Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC LSU vs. Purdue
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl 5:00 PM / ESPN Penn State vs. Utah
Jan. 9 CFP National Championship Game TBD / ESPN CFP Semifinals Winners

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