Independence Bowl Preview History
2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl Preview
The 2013 Independence Bowl will be played on Tuesday, December 31st at 11:30 AM between the Arizona Wildcats and the Boston College Eagles. The Boston College Eagles are a team no one expected to be here, but winning four of their last 5 games got them a bowl invite. BC won their first two games of the season against Villanova and Wake Forest before losing the next two against USC and Florida State. The 14-point loss to the Seminoles was actually the closest any team got to Florida State all season. BC won games against Virginia Tech, New Mexico State, NC State and Maryland to get bowl eligible. Andre Williams is the player to keep an eye on, as the tailback rushed for over 2100 yards this season to go along with 17 TDs.
The Wildcats finished fourth in the Pac-12 South, and looked destined for big things after a 6-2 start to the season. They won their first three games of the season, including a 58-13 drubbing of UNLV. Arizona lost its next two games to Washington and USC, before winning the next three over Utah, Colorado and Cal. The Wildcats lost their first game to UCLA at home since 2003, even though they almost mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Ka’Deem Carey is one of the best running backs in the country and ran for over 1700 yards for the Wildcats this season.
2011 Advocare V100 Bowl Game Preview:
The ACC will be taking a newly added SEC foe this bowl season when the 8-5 UNC Tarheels head to Shreveport, Louisiana to take on the 7-5 Missouri Tigers in the Independence Bowl. This is UNC’s fourth straight bowl appearance, while Missouri’s on its sixth straight year bowling. The key for a UNC win will be to stop the run, since the Tigers’ are ranked twelfth in the nation in rushing. While the Tarheels have a good rush game, they also have a great quarterback in Bryn Renner, who will attempt to attack a susceptible Tiger pass-defense.
2010 Independence Bowl Game Preview:
The groundskeepers who work at Independence Stadium in Shreveport should get ready to do some extra work for the Independence Bowl on December 27th. That's because the two teams playing in this year's Independence Bowl—the Mountain West's Air Force Falcons and the ACC's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets—are the two most run-oriented teams in the nation, combining to throw 299 times all season combined.
The Yellow Jackets' ground game is led by ACC first team selection Anthony Allen, who had 1,225 yards on the season. However, his work wasn't able to overcome the many losses the team had from its ACC title-winning team from last year. A new defense and starting quarterback Joshua Nesbitt breaking his arm in the middle of the season didn't help matters, either. Nesbit, a senior who rushed for 737 yards in nine games, is hoping to come back for his last game against an Air Force team who battled MWC foes and top-20 school TCU and Utah to get here.
While the Falcons' running attack is the main focus of the team, the offense is centered around quarterback Tim Jefferson, whose 15 touchdowns on the ground and 10 in the air helped stabilize their offense. Also more stable was their defense, which didn't suffer as many losses as the Tech side did, and therefore a little more cohesive than the Yellow Jacket unit that ranked 60th nationally in points allowed.
2009 Independence Bowl Game Preview:
The 2009 Independence Bowl will matchup two traditional powers in an exciting bowl games. The Texas A&M Aggies will face off against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Ags will be led by star quarterback Jerrod Johnson and Head Coach Mike Sherman. A&M wants to win the Independence bowl game to finish the 2009 season with a winning record. Georgia head coach Mark Richt wants to finish strong to carry momentum into a run at the SEC next season. Expect a lot of fireworks at the 2009 Independence Bowl, it should be a great game.
2008 Independence Bowl Game Preview:
Head out to the 2008 Independence Bowl game for some live-action college football mayhem in Shreveport, Louisiana. This year, the Independence Bowl – aptly named for its inauguration in the 1976 bicentennial year – will pit the Northern Illinois Huskies vs. the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Grab some tickets to the Independence Bowl and watch this truly American college football bowl game!