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2019 Independence Bowl - Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Miami Hurricanes

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs make the short trip from Ruston to Shreveport to play in the Independence Bowl for the first time since 2008, facing the Miami Hurricanes from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Bulldogs will appear in their record-tying fifth Independence Bowl with a 2-1-1 record in the previous three. There’s a lot at stake for the Dogs, who have won five straight bowl games and can reach double figures in wins for the first time as a major college program. It’s been a tough year for ‘The U’, which backed into the postseason after consecutive losses as big favorites to close the season at 6-6. Still, the Hurricanes opened as a 6-point favorite.

2019 Walk-On's Independence Bowl at a Glance

Date: Thursday, December 26, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Miami Hurricanes

Odds: Miami -6.5, total 50.5

Independence Bowl Preview

Louisiana Tech has never beaten the Canes, dropping the last two meetings by a combined score of 96-9. Those games were played in 2003 and 2004 when Miami was vying for national championships. That’s not the case any longer and the Dogs feel they have a good chance to end a four-game slide in the series. La. Tech had one of its best seasons since joining what is now the FBS in 1975 posting nine wins. Following a season-opening loss to Texas, the Bulldogs rattled off eight consecutive victories and were in contention for the Conference USA West title until dropping games to Marshall and UAB. They matched a program record with their ninth win, 41-17, over Texas-San Antonio, though they failed to cover as a 21-point favorite.

They don’t have a rich bowl history, but it’s been successful. The Bulldogs have won their last five postseason games averaging 34 points and 445 yards per game while going 4-1 ATS. They are 7-3-1 all-time in the postseason. Led by dual threat quarterback J’Mar Smith, the Bulldogs boasted C-USA’s second-highest scoring offense and ranked 29th nationally at 34 points per game. Smith completed nearly 66 percent of his throws for 2,814 yards and 17 touchdowns. Justin Henderson contributed on the ground with 967 yards and 15 scores. Amik Robertson is a playmaker on defense returning two of his five interceptions for touchdowns.

The Hurricanes have a solid defense, but the inability to find consistent quarterback play and a run game left them playing a second-tier bowl game. The problems were evident in a number of head scratching losses. They fell 28-21 in overtime to last place Georgia Tech when favored by 18 points. The Canes never led in a 30-24 setback to Florida International as 21-point chalk and they ended the regular season with a 27-17 loss to Duke, who had lost five in a row coming into the contest. The Canes are making their seventh straight appearance in a bowl, but they are just 1-5 SU and ATS in the previous six games.

With an offense that ranks in the bottom third of the ACC in scoring, the Canes will have to rely on their defense. And it’s a pretty good one with Gregory Rousseau as the front man. The freshman has 14 sacks, which is tied for second in the country behind Heisman Trophy finalist and future No. 1 NFL draft pick Chase Young. Shaq Quarterman is also a disruptor with 96 tackles.

Independence Bowl Format

Through the 2019 season the Independence Bowl will have primary agreements with the ACC and the Southeastern Conference. Secondary affiliations are with C-USA and the American Athletic Conference.

For the first five years, the Southland Conference champion was the bowl host. However, looking to gain prominence among the group of bowl games, organizers ended that affiliation and were granted open-ended status on both sides.

Two at-large teams squared off until the 1995 season when an agreement was reached with the SEC. The Mountain West and Big 12 have also been affiliated with the Independence Bowl however the current conference alignment was established in 2012 with an extension reached in 2014.

Walk-On's Independence Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
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)

The McNeese State Cowboys represented the Southland Conference in three of the first five Independence Bowls, winning the inaugural game, 20-16, in a mild upset over Tulsa on December 13, 1976.

Dropping the Southland as host conference in 1981, the bowl hit it big with at-large teams Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, coached by Jimmy Johnson at the time. The Aggies won that matchup 33-16. Attracting a title sponsor for the 1990 game, the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl resulted in the only tie game with Louisiana Tech and Maryland playing to a 34-34 draw.

A record bowl game crowd of 50,459 packed Independence Stadium on December 28, 1997 to watch the LSU Tigers defeat Notre Dame 27-9. The Tigers made their second appearance in three years after besting Michigan State, 45-26, in the 1995 edition.

The ACC has dominated play recently with four straight wins. It is the longest run of success for a conference in this bowl game since the SEC won nine straight between 1995 and 2003.

Most All-Time Wins at Walk-On's Independence Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
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

It’s not surprising to see a number of schools from the state of Louisiana with multiple appearances at the Independence Bowl. La. Tech has played four times with a 2-1-1 record with its last victory coming in 2008. Now a member of the lower-level FCS, McNeese State out of Lake Charles won the maiden Independence Bowl and played in three of the first five contests before the bowl dropped the Southland Conference as its host.

The Tigers of LSU made their only two appearances in a three-year stretch winning both times. Monroe was the last Louisiana school to appear, losing to Ohio in the 2010 edition in its only appearance.

Ole Miss leads the way with five all-time appearances in bowl history while cashing in a record four victories. The Rebels matched Air Force as the only teams to win back-to-back games, turning the trick in 1998 and 1999. Three years later the Rebels won again, knocking off Nebraska for their record win.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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