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Facing Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl is hardly what the Miami Hurricanes planned for at the outset of the season; not with the Manny Diaz regime proclaiming “it would restore the football program to its place among the nation’s elite.” Be that as it may, that’s exactly where his kids will be on December 26 when they look to close the book on what can only be described as a disappointing season after incurring losses to the likes of Georgia Tech, FIU and Duke to close it out. With that the case, it hardly comes as a surprise to see the betting markets fading them in this spot against a Bulldogs outfit that gets the advantage of taking the Coastal Division reps on in their own backyard. Do you foresee many Canes fans making the trip to Shreveport? Didn’t think so!

Independence Bowl Odds

Miami Hurricanes -6

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +6

Total 50.5

While the caliber of opposition played wasn’t the greatest, LA Tech showed it can put points on the board. Sure, it got its doors blown off 45-14 versus Texas to open the season, but that was the team’s fewest points scored until the tail end of the year. Bottom line, the Bulldogs’ offense won’t be intimidated in this matchup. Not with a guy like J’mar Smith running it smoothly to the point that the unit averaged over 445 yards per game (No. 30) and dented scoreboards for an average of 34 points per game (No. 29). Oh yeah, they also dropped 43 points on FIU which is something Miami grossly failed to do! Even so, if Miami enters locked in and determined to close the season out in style, they cruise to the win and cover in this matchup. The offense shouldn’t have many issues doing as it pleases on the ground or through the air, while the “Turnover Chain” defense could dominate with its caliber of athlete on par with what the Bulldogs saw from the Longhorns. But will The U give a you know what about this game?

That’s something the betting markets have tested early on forcing linemakers to lower the Canes from 10.5-point favorites at the open to just 7.5-point favorites once the betting odds were opened to the public. The bowl season hasn’t been kind to the University of Miami going on the last decade with the Hurricanes going a bankroll killing 2-8 SU and ATS in their last 10 postseason appearances. The book on Miami has been pretty easy to read during that stretch. When they win, they cover. When they lose, they don’t. One constant however has been the under. It’s 8-2 dating back to 2006 with an average of 43.1 points hitting the board per game. Having said that, it will be nice to not have to oppose the Wisconsin Badgers in a bowl for once after the Madison natives beat them up in the second season each of the last two years.

Regular Season Recap

Last Saturday was nothing short of n abomination for the Hurricanes. The offense did next to nothing against a much lesser Blue Devils defense in combining for 259 total yards. When that’s been the case in the past, the defense usually rose to the occasion and sparked the offense by forcing turnovers; that didn’t happen in the season finale. The unit only managed one takeaway by way of a fumble recovery. Already without the services of Deejay Dallas due to an elbow injury, his replacement – Cam’ron Harris – was injured in the second quarter and never returned. Without a running game to bank on, both N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams struggled mightily with the former completing just 2 of 9 passes for 19 yards and the latter competing 11 of 26 passes for 142 yards and 1 TD. On top of those terrible outputs, the quarterback duo was sacked a whopping nine times. Yes Ferris Buehler fans; nine times!

“The thing we’ve got to take a long examination of is how can our passing game deteriorate in just a short amount of time from the steps that it had made early in November through Florida State and Louisville,’’ Diaz said. “I think that’s as much as an issue as anything. If there was one reason why, that one reason would be easy to fix. I think that’s something that we have to analyze. That was certainly the story this game.”

The U is rich on pride and championship history, but the first season of the Manny Diaz regime lets it be known the current state of the program is far from competing for national championships. With only a second-tier bowl game to look forward to, the program must make it a point to show well if only to feel better about themselves heading into what will be a make or break season for a coaching staff many had issues with from the onset.  “I think everyone looking at what we’re doing is not about what’s going on this season. It’s about what’s happening going forward,” Diaz said. “And that’s not something that could be understood by anybody other than the people that are in that locker room, which I understand. I get that.”

2019-20 College Bowls 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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