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Published on December 25, 2011 by   ·   4 Comments

independence-bowl-logoThe Independence Bowl is one of the older bowl games around having first been played in 1976. It was called the Independence bowl because of the bicentennial celebration in 1976.

For many years, this bowl game pitted an SEC team against a Big 12 Conference opponent. Now, the Independence Bowl is played between bowl-eligible teams from the Atlantic Coast conference and the Big 12.

For the first five years of its existence, the Independence Bowl was played between the winner of the Southland Conference and another bowl eligible team. They then offered the game to at large bids across the country before settling on the SEC and Big 12 in 1998.

This year’s game features the Missouri Tigers (7-5) against the North Carolina Tar Heals (7-5). Kickoff for this game will be on Monday, December 26 at 4:00PM ET. This game will be aired on ESPN2. The earlier time and different channel are because ESPN will be featuring the Monday Night NFL game starting at 8:30PM and they will be covering this event from 7:00 on.

Missouri and UNC are closely matched up. Missouri comes into this game on a 3 game winning streak, including good wins against Texas and Texas Tech. Most of the games that Missouri lost were very close against some of the best teams in the country.

UNC is on the other side of the fence. They have lost 4 out of their last 6 games. The 2 wins were against mediocre Duke and Wake Forest. They also lost a lot of close games; however, they have done a lot of this recently.

The matchup is going to be the Missouri Tiger’s offense against UNC’s defense. The Tar Heels have at least 2 defensive players that are going to be high-round draft picks in the NFL. The only way that North Carolina wins this game is if the defense shuts Missouri’s offense down.

UNC’s offense can struggle at times and Missouri only let up 23.5 points a game against a high-scoring Big 12 schedule.

Prediction

I have the Missouri Tigers winning this game by a score of 27-20.


2010 Independence Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

The results of the past Independence Bowls really doesn’t matter much in relationship to this contest because of the change in conference affiliation. Last year’s game pitted the Georgia Bulldogs against the Texas A&M Aggies.

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Air Force (7-5) won the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl against Houston (10-3) 47-20. They are 9-10-1 all time in bowl games.

Last year Georgia Tech (11-2) lost the FedEx Orange Bowl to the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2) with the score 24-14. Georgia Tech boasts a record of 22-16 in bowl games all time.

Independence Bowl Breakdown

RecordsGeorgia Tech: 6-6; Air Force: 8-4
All Time Bowl RecordGeorgia Tech: 22-16; Air Force: 9-10-1
Key WinsGeorgia Tech: North Carolina 30-24; Air Force: BYU 35-14, Navy 14-6, Army 42-22
Key LossesGeorgia Tech: NC State 45-28, Miami 35-10, Virginia Tech 28-21 ; Air Force: Oklahoma 27-24, Utah 28-23, TCU 38-7

Like a lot of the bowl games this year, this one looks close on paper. One thing that the Yellow Jackets have going against them this year is a completely ineffective passing game. This has caused them to lose 4 of their last 5 games this year. The only division 1a opponent with a winning record that they have beaten was North Carolina but that was when their program was reeling after the suspensions were handed down.

Meanwhile, Air Force has several impressive wins against good teams. They beat BYU by 3 TDs, came very close to winning against Oklahoma and beat their rivals Army and Navy. They also lost two tough games against Utah and San Diego State and were blown out on the road at TCU.

Points For/GameGeorgia Tech: 27.6; Air Force: 39.7
Points Against/GameGeorgia Tech: 26.2; Air Force: 29.9
Offensive Yards/GameGeorgia Tech: 414.5; Air Force: 503.5

To say that Georgia Tech is a run-first team is a drastic understatement. They are 1st in the country in rushing yards per game with 327 and are second to last in the country in passing yards per game with an 87.5 yard average.

Meanwhile, they get to see what amounts to their mirror image in Air Force. Air Force is currently 2nd in the nation in rushing yards per game with 318 and are forth from last in the country in passing yards per game with a 119.5 average. The two teams have a combined total of 299 passes all season.

Georgia Tech’s offense and defensive overall rates a little lower than Air Force, but not by a whole lot. Two things that Georgia Tech has going for itself is their record in bowl games and the distance of the school from the bowl game, which is in Shreveport Louisiana.

Prediction

Georgia Tech is going to need to dig deep in order to win this game. They can do it, but they haven’t improved enough offensively passing the ball and will have to try to run with Air Force. So far, I don’t think that they have proven that they can beat a good team this year.

That is the advantage that Air Force has in winning several good games this year. They will be prepared and whichever defense gets the most stops on the other team’s rushing game is going to win. That is why I am going to pick Air Force to win the game 35-28.

Bowl Game Review

There was a lot less offense than I thought there was going to be, but the result is by the same margin that I predicted. Air Force won by 7 points and beat Georgia Tech 14-7 in the Independence Bowl.

2010 Bowl Record – 6-3

Highlights from Past Independence Bowls

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