Independence Bowl Odds

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SHREVEPORT, LA (The Spread) – A tripleheader of bowl games on Friday starts with the 2012 Independence Bowl featuring Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe at 2PM ET from Independence Stadium.

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Ohio comes into this game 8-4 overall and 4-8 against the spread. UL-Monroe is 8-4 overall and 8-4 against the spread. The Warhawks have hit the over in 9 of their 12 games while Ohio has hit the under in 6 of their 11 lined games. These two have no recent meetings.

Trends show that UL-Monroe has failed to cover the spread in its last 4 games against Mid-American Conference opponents. Ohio is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games on Friday’s and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Louisiana-Monroe is favored in this game, as the Warhawks have odds of -7 points against the Bobcats. The over/under total for the game has been set at 60 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had UL-Monroe favored by 6 points. The spread was never lower than that, and it hit a peak of 8 points before closing at 7.

Louisiana-Monroe ended its season with a 23-17 overtime win over Florida International to finish 6-2 in Sun Belt play. The Warhawks won their last two games of the regular season to get to 8 wins. UL-Monroe is averaging 35.5 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing 27.8 points per contest. The team is being led by quarterback Kolton Browning, who has thrown for 2,830 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.

Ohio is coming off a 28-6 loss to Kent State to end the regular season. The Bobcats actually lost their last three games of the regular season to finish a disappointing 4-4 in MAC play. For the season, Ohio is averaging 30.6 points per game on offense while allowing 25.7 points per game on defense. Injuries were a big part of Ohio’s collapse toward the end of the season. They really hurt both sides of the ball, as Ohio was outscored 106-47 in the final three games. Running back Beau Blankenship led Ohio on the season, as he rushed for 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Ohio guard Vince Carlotta is expected to miss this game with a concussion while fellow lineman Ryan McGrath is out with a leg injury. Louisiana-Monroe has no injuries to report.

The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing UL-Monroe. The Warhawks are getting 69% of the wagers with odds of -7 points Ohio on Friday afternoon.

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