The Ohio Bobcats and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are going to square off on the Independence Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Independence Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Friday.
Independence Bowl Picks: Ohio Bobcats vs. Louisiana Monroe Warhawks
Date: Friday, December 28th, 2:00 ET
Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Independence Bowl Betting Odds: Louisiana Monroe -7
Ohio vs. Louisiana Monroe Live TV: ESPN
Louisiana Monroe has everything going for it in this game, and it is probably one of the squarer teams to back on the bowl game betting lines this year. The club is basically playing at home, and it is doing so against a team that lost its final three games of the season and four of its last five. Heck, the Bobcats were probably ultimately one of the last teams in a bowl game this year, knowing that this was the game that the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were probably supposed to play in. It also doesn’t help the Warhawks’ causes that they won their biggest game of the year against the Arkansas Razorbacks (who ultimately didn’t go bowling) and nearly beat the Auburn Tigers (who proved to be one of the worst two teams in the SEC this year).
So then there’s the question that begs to be asked: Is ULM really even a remotely good team? The club was blown out of the water by both the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns down the stretch, and the only win against a bowl eligible team all season long came against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in overtime on the road. This is also the first time that the Cajuns have played in a bowl game, and there has to be a lot of pressure riding on the shoulders of QB Kolton Browning, who not only leads the team in passing with 2,830 yards, but he also leads the team in rushing as well with 441 yards and seven TDs.
Ohio’s season really started to fall apart when its offensive line was crushed. There are a whopping five offensive linemen that are all on the injury report for this game, and that is making QB Tyler Tettleton’s life miserable. What we will say about the Bobcats though, is that they are a well-coached team that has figured out how to win some big games this year. Remember the road win at Penn State way back in Week 1? That win was mocked for a few weeks, but in the end, the victory doesn’t look all that bad. Ohio also played in a significantly better conference in the MAC than UL Monroe did in the Sun Belt, and though there weren’t a ton of fantastic victories to show for their work and some brutal defeats, we still think that the Bobcats have the ability to win this game.
Ohio vs. Louisiana Monroe Pick: Ohio Bobcats +7
Independence Bowl Score Prediction: Ohio 29 – Louisiana Monroe 23