I’ve been studying the ‘total’ for the Independence Bowl odds for quite some time, and I’m ready to make my Independence Bowl picks for the clash between the UL Monroe Warhawks and the Ohio Bobcats. The Ohio vs. UL Monroe kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. ET at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA, and I’m going to show you which way to bet on college football to make your CFB pick on for this great game.
2012 Independence Bowl
Ohio Bobcats (8-4, 4-8 ATS) +7
UL Monroe Warhawks (8-4, 8-4 ATS) -7
Looking only at the average offensive numbers for these two teams this year suggests that this could be a higher scoring bowl game, as these two have combined for right around 66 points per game. Both of these teams did what they were supposed to do this year, beating up on the bad teams and falling short against the better ones in their respective conference. That being said, I do believe that what we are going to see is a game where two teams go at it from start to finish and end up putting up a ton of points on the board.
The Bobcats are going to be a healthier team on the offensive side of the ball here in the Independence Bowl, and it is going to show. The team only averaged 15.7 points per game in its final three games of the season when the offensive line was so banged up, but with a few weeks to get ready for this one and get some healthier bodies back in the mix, I do expect to see this team get back to its ways. Remember that the Bobcats scored at least 24 points in each of their first seven games of the season, and they had averaged 36.4 points per game in that stretch. RB Beau Blankenship did rush for 1,500 yards this year, and QB Tyler Tettleton is a dual threat and accounted for 2,513 yards as a passer and 210 more as a rusher on the campaign with a total of 20 TDs. The potential is definitely there for Ohio to have a big time offensive game.
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I’m a little afraid of the fact that this is the first time that the Warhawks have ever played in a bowl game, as the moment might get the better of them. However, QB Kolton Browning has played in some big time spots in his career. His numbers aren’t the prettiest, but he has figured out how to get the job done. Without a 3,000+ yard quarterback or a 500+ yard rusher, it is easy to dismiss this ULM team. However, when I really look back at it, there is no doubt that this club can put up some points; just look at the 442.7 total yards and 35.5 points per game that the team managed to put up on the season. This is a game that should get past the number, though do keep a close eye on the weather report, as it could be cold, windy, and rainy when this one kicks off.
Ohio vs. UL Monroe Picks & Tips: Over 60.5