Venue: Camping World Independence Bowl
When: December 27, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Where: Shreveport, La. - Independence Stadium
Who: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles
Florida State's 2017 season isn't going to be one for the record books. The team started off the campaign as the No. 3 team in the country, and it needed until September 30 to win its first game and November 4 to lead by double-digits for the first time.
The Seminoles have been in a bowl game an FBS-best 36 years in a row now, though, and that's thanks to three wins over Delaware State, Florida and Louisiana Monroe to end the campaign.
FSU's fortunes might be turning around, though. The Seminoles lost Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M this offseason, but Willie Taggart is coming to save the day in Tallahassee after bolting South Florida for Oregon just last year.
Southern Miss probably would have hoped for better than an 8-4 season this year. The Golden Eagles nearly upset Kentucky to start the season, but hopes of a Conference USA title went by the wayside with losses to North Texas and UAB.
SMS was only beaten once more all year, that coming at Rocky Top against Tennessee, but it also only beat
two teams playing in bowl games all season long.
Jay Hopson has now guided the Golden Eagles to consecutive bowl appearances, and he's hoping to finish off a 9-4 season, a mark that would by the best for Southern Miss since winning 11 games in Larry Fedora's last season in 2011.
Opening Line: Florida State -14
Preview: The Florida State Seminoles will not have their best player or their longtime coach, but they are still double-digit favorites against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday, December 27 on ESPN. The Seminoles star defensive back Derwin James has decided to skip this game to prepare for the NFL Draft and longtime coach Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M. You would think bettors would be taking Southern Miss in this contest, but so far that has not been the case. Continue...
The Camping World Independence Bowl will be played in Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., where it was first played to honor America’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. This years Camping World Independence Bowl will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 27, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
This years Camping World Independence Bowl will pair teams from the SEC against a top tem from the ACC. These two conferences are so dominant that there really isn't even any other conference in the discussion and this should ensure one of the most competitive Independence Bowl betting match ups ever.
The Independence Bowl game is ideally situated on the calendar as well as it seems to fall between Christmas and the biggest college football bowl day of the year, New Years.
Betting on the Independence Bowl game, is one of the few bowls in the postseason that has a substantial history and this no doubt helps to make the Independence Bowl odds such a hot commodity.
In fact, the Independence Bowl betting has been around since the United States of America's bicentennial in 1976, hence the clever name.
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The nation’s 11th oldest bowl game, will be known as the Camping World Independence Bowl and will be played in Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., where it was first played to honor America’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. This years Camping World Independence Bowl will kick off at 5:45 p.m. ET on Dec. 26th, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
The Independence Bowl has been sponsored by AdvoCare, Poulan Weedeater, Sanford, MainStay Investments, PetroSun, Advocare, and now the Camping World will become the 39-year-old bowl game's seventh title sponsor, replacing the 2014 sponsor, "Duck Commander".
The Independence Bowl can trace its History back to 1975 when the board of directors of the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Foundation conceived the idea of bringing a postseason football game to northwest Louisiana. Applying to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for certification, the group's efforts were rewarded with the approval of a December 13, 1976 game.
That first Independence Bowl game hosted Texas A&M vs. Cowboys of Oklahoma State. This team rivalry between the Southwest Conference and Big-Eight Conference drew huge national attention to the Shreveport-Bossier City area.
This game originally matched the Southland Conference champion against an at-large opponent. During the first five years of the Bowl's existence, it enjoyed a good working relationship with the Southland Conference (SLC) which provided the host team for the annual event.
In 1980, the Shreveport Bossier City Sports Foundation took over operations of the Independence Bowl.
In 1981, though, the Independence Bowl began inviting major college teams. The Directors of the bowl ended their agreement with the SLC, which provided them the opportunity to scour the country for the best teams available in the NCAA Division I-A ranks. Since 1995, the bowl has featured an SEC team against an at-large team.
It was Arizona facing off with Boston College in the 2013 Duck Commander Independence Bowl and it ended up being a long day for Boston College fans.
The Arizona Wildcats controlled the game on both sides of the ball putting up 21 points by halftime including a 69 yard touchdown via the defense on a William Parks interception.
The second half would paint a similar picture as the Arizona Wildcats cruise on to a 42-19 win over Boston College. Check back later for a preview of the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl between the Pac 12 and the ACC.
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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