Independence Bowl: Preview and Prediction

Independence Bowl Game: Preview and Prediction
Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl logo
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
Operated 1976-present
Conference Tie-ins Big 12, SEC
Sun Belt (alternate)
Previous Conference Tie-ins Southland (1976-1981)
Payout US$1,100,000
AB Electrolux Home Products
Poulan and Weed Eater (1990-1996)
Sanford (1998-2000)
MainStay Investments (2001-2003)
PetroSun (2006-2007)
2007 Matchup
Alabama vs. Colorado
(Alabama 30, Colorado 24)
2008 Matchup
Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois (December 28)

Northern Illinois Huskies vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Independence Bowl Game Preview

In a game that may get little audience viewing the Northern Illinois Huskies will be looking for a winning season while Louisiana Tech Bulldogs plays in its first bowl game since 2001. These teams match up pretty interestingly, the Huskies feature a solid pass defense but an average rush defense. This is just fine with the Bulldogs because they have shown no ability to pass the ball this year and will need to rely on the run to move the ball in this game. The Bulldogs may be hard pressed on offense if superstar DE Larry English has a good game, the MAC MVP and Defensive Player of Year, has had a great year and is likely a first round pick in the NFL draft.

The Huskies are fortunate to have received a bowl bid and you can bet that will give them an extra jump. The Bulldogs finished their season in a fury, winning 4 of its final 5 games, with the lone loss, a 4 point defeat to Nevada. Expect the Bulldogs to receive plenty of fan support due to the location of the bowl game and the fact that this team is playing its first bowl game in 8 years.

Independence Bowl Game Prediction

The team that comes into this match up with a little more confidence and swagger is the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs winners of 4 out of 5 and we look for them to have a little more enthusiasm. The line is set a pk and that’s what we will do.

Independence Bowl Game PickLouisiana Tech Bulldogs (+1)

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