2022 Independence Bowl Odds

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The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game is held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., and will be broadcast on ESPN. This season, the Houston Cougars (7-5) play the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6). Below, we’ll look at Independence Bowl odds and bowl history.

2022 Independence Bowl odds: Houston Vs. Louisiana

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Houston is a favorite over Louisiana in the Independence Bowl. The Cougars initially opened as -3.5 favorites, but the market quickly moved the line to -6.5. Houston came well short of their preseason win total as one of the more underwhelming teams of 2022.

Star receiver Nathaniel “Tank” Dell declared for the NFL Draft, but will play in this bowl game. Dell’s 1,354 receiving yards is third nationally– following up a 1,329-yard performance in 2021– and his 15 receiving touchdowns ties the national lead.

On the flip side, Louisiana starting QB Ben Woolridge is out for this game with an injury. Backup Chandler Fields got light work and played well against Texas State. The Ragin’ Cajuns play this game in their home state, but their trek is only an hour closer than that of Houston, who should be well-represented at this game.

Louisiana will be without top pass rusher Andre Jones and a top receiver, Michael Jefferson, who opted out for the NFL Draft.

Early in bowl confidence pool entires, the Cougars are one of the most-picked teams, with representation well over 90%. With a 71.4% win expectancy, Houston may be worth fading in larger pools. The Cougars are 112th in points per drive allowed on the season, which could make things a bit easier for Fields.

Weather forecast project for highs in the 20s in this game– near record-low temperatures for Shreveport.

Notable Opt Outs

Houston: None

Louisiana: WR Michael Jefferson, DE Andre Jones

Independence Bowl betting

Last year, ranked BYU, wrapping up a 10-win season, was a comfortable 6.5-point favorite over UAB. However, the Blazers pulled off the upset, winning 31-28 and causing a lot of chaos to many people’s Bowl Confidence Pools. Regardless of the loss, running back Tyler Allgeier rushed for 192 yards and three scores in rainy Shreveport. With 59 combined points, over 54.5 points cashed.

UAB countered with a strong run game of their own. Dylan Hopkins picked up 183 yards and a touchdowns on the ground, taking full advantage of a weak BYU run defense.

Previous Years

Underdogs have won three straight games outright, dating back to Duke upsetting Temple in 2018 (note: the bowl was not played in 2020). Perhaps most shocking was Louisiana Tech’s 14-0 blanking of Miami (FL) in 2019 behind a very pro-Bulldogs crowd; Tech’s campus sits just an hour east of Shreveport. Eight straight favorites covered the spread in a stretch from 2006-13, but underdogs took five of the next seven games including last season.

Underdogs and favorites have split the series evenly 12-12 since betting lines have been recorded starting in 1997.

Two straight unders have hit in the Independence Bowl, but before then overs cashed in three straight seasons. Like favorites and underdogs, overs and unders have a fairly even split, with unders having a 12-11-1 edge.

History

Below are historical results of the Independence Bowl.

The first Independence Bowl was played in 1976, making it one of the older non-New Year’s Six bowl games. It’s also one of the few to have featured representatives from the modern-day FCS, with McNeese State winning the first chapter over Tulsa, 20-16.

DateWinning TeamScoreLosing TeamScore
December 23, 2022Houston23Louisiana16
December 18, 2021UAB31No. 12 BYU28
December 26, 2019Louisiana Tech14Miami (FL)0
December 27, 2018Duke56Temple27
December 27, 2017Florida State42Southern Miss13
December 26, 2016NC State41Vanderbilt17
December 26, 2015Virginia Tech55Tulsa52
December 27, 2014South Carolina24Miami (FL)21
December 31, 2013Arizona42Boston College19
December 28, 2012Ohio45Louisiana–Monroe14
December 26, 2011Missouri41North Carolina24
December 27, 2010Air Force14Georgia Tech7
December 28, 2009Georgia44Texas A&M20
December 28, 2008Louisiana Tech17Northern Illinois10
December 30, 2007Alabama30Colorado24
December 28, 2006Oklahoma State34Alabama31
December 30, 2005Missouri38South Carolina31
December 28, 2004Iowa State17Miami (Ohio)13
December 31, 2003Arkansas27Missouri14
December 27, 2002Ole Miss27Nebraska23
December 27, 2001Alabama14Iowa State13
December 31, 2000Mississippi State43Texas A&M41 (OT)
December 31, 1999Ole Miss27Oklahoma25
December 31, 1998Ole Miss35Texas Tech18
December 28, 1997No. 15 LSU27Notre Dame9
December 31, 1996Auburn32No. 24 Army29
December 29, 1995LSU45Michigan State26
December 28, 1994No. 18 Virginia20TCU10
December 31, 1993No. 22 Virginia Tech45No. 21 Indiana20
December 31, 1992Wake Forest39Oregon35
December 29, 1991No. 24 Georgia24Arkansas15
December 15, 1990Louisiana Tech34Maryland34
December 16, 1989Oregon27Tulsa24
December 23, 1988Southern Miss38UTEP18
December 19, 1987Washington24Tulane12
December 20, 1986Ole Miss20Texas Tech17
December 21, 1985Minnesota20Clemson13
December 15, 1984Air Force23Virginia Tech7
December 10, 1983No. 16 Air Force9Ole Miss3
December 11, 1982Wisconsin14Kansas State3
December 12, 1981Texas A&M33Oklahoma State16
December 13, 1980Southern Miss16McNeese State14
December 15, 1979Syracuse31McNeese State7
December 16, 1978East Carolina35Louisiana Tech13
December 17, 1977Louisiana Tech24Louisville14
December 13, 1976McNeese State20Tulsa16

FAQ

When is the 2022 Independence Bowl?

The 2022 Independence Bowl will be played on Dec. 23, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Where is the Independence Bowl?

Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, hosts the Independence Bowl. It’s one of just a handful of remaining stadiums to be primarily used for a bowl game, along with Legion Field (Birmingham, AL), Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, AL) and Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL).

Who is playing in the 2022 Independence Bowl?

Houston plays Louisiana in the 2022 Independence Bowl.