Independence Bowl

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2022 Independence Bowl Odds

The Independence Bowl, another official NCAA College Bowl event, is held in December. The event takes place at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. This year’s edition of the Independence Bowl will be held on December 23rd, at 3 PM ET.

Betting odds for the Independence Bowl are now available, since the teams have already been announced. The brawl between the Houston Cougars and the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns is set out to be a showstopper. Check out the odds above to place your bet.

Last Year's Betting Odds

Last year’s edition of the Independence Bowl featured the BYU Cougars and the UAB Blazers. The Cougars were slightly above the Blazers by nailing a 10-3 season record compared to UAB’s 9-4 record at the end of the college football regular season.

The Cougars were set as favorites for the Independence Bowl at -250 odds. That meant a $250 bet on the Cougars would allow bettors to make a $100 profit. On the other hand, a $100 bet on the Blazers at +220 would have made bettors a $220 profit.

Bettors, who also considered the Blazers at -7.5 and the over of 39.5 points, recorded some solid earnings, especially after the Blazers surpassed the Cougars 31-28.

Independence Bowl Scores (Playoffs)

Given its great history compared to other bowl events, the Independence Bowl has had many memorable games and scores that have marked its history: from teams surpassing the 40-point mark -such as in the 1993 edition when Virginia Tech beat Indiana 45-20-  to scores that had kept a low profile -such as the 1983 edition of the Bowl when the Air Force took a 9-3 win over Ole Miss– these have been kept long and notable in the memory of the Independence Bowl.

Independence Bowl Past Results
SeasonWinning teamLosing teamScore
2020——Cancelled due to COVID 
2019Louisiana TechMiami (Fla.)14-0
2017Florida StateSouthern Miss42-13
2016North Carolina StateVanderbilt41-17
2015Virginia TechTulsa55-52
2014South CarolinaMiami (Fla.)24-21
2013ArizonaBoston College42-19
2011MissouriNorth Carolina41-24
2010Air ForceGeorgia Tech14-7
2009GeorgiaTexas A&M44-20
2008Louisiana TechNorthern Illinois17-10
2006Oklahoma StateAlabama34-31
2005MissouriSouth Carolina38-31
2004Iowa StateMiami (Ohio)17-13
2001AlabamaIowa State14-13
2000Mississippi StateTexas A&M43-41 (OT)

Betting History of the Independence Bowl

The Independence Bowl was first played in 1976 to mark the beginning of an event that would serve as a perfect opportunity to celebrate the United States Bicentennial. The Independence Bowl dates back to 1976, and the United States Bicentennial served as the perfect event to commemorate the date with the official inauguration of the Independence Bowl. That first game featured The McNeese State Cowboys and the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. The Cowboys would nail a 20-16 win.

SEC Schools Most Prominent

In 1993, Virginia Tech became the first team to break the 40-point mark by defeating Indiana with a 45-20 victory. Mississippi State and Texas A&M would also be featured in 2000 when the Bulldogs surpassed the Aggies 43-41 in a game that went into OT.

Since its inauguration, SEC schools have become the most prominent in the history of the Independence Bowl, and are now leading the count with the most appearances and wins. Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Air Force, and Alabama have also become frequent contenders at the Independence Bowl and have marked much of its thrilling history.

Most All-Time Wins
WinsTeamsYears won
4Mississippi1986, 1998, 1999, 2002
3Air Force1983, 1984, 2010
2Louisiana Tech1977, 2008
2Alabama2001, 2007
2Missouri2005, 2011
2Southern Miss1980, 1988
2Virginia Tech1993, 2015
2Georgia1991, 2009
2LSU1995, 1997

Independence Bowl Betting Trends & Tips

When it comes to betting on specific events such as NCAA bowl games, bettors and fans must consider all tips, lines, trends, and data relevant to the game. This will allow bettors to make the most of every dollar wagered. 

Here are some top trends that have marked the course of the Independence Bowl:

  • Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech are the teams with the most appearances at the Independence Bowl, with five.
  • Ole Miss is now the most successful team in the history of the Independence Bowl with a 4-1 record.
  • In terms of conferences, the Southeastern Conference has become the one with the most teams in the Independence Bowl. SEC schools have a total of 18 appearances. 
  • SEC colleges have also nailed the most victories in the history of the Independence Bowl. SEC schools currently stand with 14 wins and 14 defeats.

Independence Bowl FAQs

Which Team Has Scored the Most Points at the Independence Bowl?

Duke was able to beat Temple in the 2018 edition of the Independence Bowl. However, that victory would break history with the largest number of points scored by a single team, as Duke scored 53.

Which Teams Have Had the Most Appearances at the Independence Bowl?

The Ole Miss Rebels and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have become the teams with the most appearances in the history of the Independence Bowl. Both teams currently stand with five appearances each.

Which Conference Has Become the Most Unsuccessful at the Independence Bowl?

The Sun Belt conference has only appeared in one edition of the Independence Bowl. It was back in 2012, when Louisiana-Monroe was surpassed by Ohio, giving the conference an 0-1 record. However, Big 12 schools have the most defeats with eight.
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