Independence Bowl Picks and Odds: Miami vs. Louisiana Tech

Miami Hurricanes vs. La Tech Bulldogs Predictions

Miami’s upperclassmen have played in Orlando against a top-15 West Virginia team, a New Years Six Orange Bowl, and a Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. This year? They get a trip to Shreveport, Louisiana. What kind of effort are we going to get from this Hurricanes’ team? Tune in as the WagerTalk TV crew offers their Miami vs. Louisiana Tech predictions.

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Event: (223) Miami Hurricanes -6 vs. (224) La Tech Bulldogs (o/u 50)
Date/Time: Thursday, December 26 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Miami is 1-8 in their last nine bowl games, while Louisiana Tech has won each of their last five bowl games. Shreveport is an hour away from the Bulldogs’ campus, so this is a glorified home game for them. The Hurricanes lost outright as a favorite five times this season. Miami ended the season by losing outright as a 21-point favorite to Florida International and losing outright as a 10-point favorite to Duke. La Tech enjoyed an eight-game winning streak during the middle of the regular season, but that was snapped when the Bulldogs suspended a slew of starting players.

A few trends, courtesy of The Gold Sheet:

  • Miami went 2-6 against the spread as a favorite this year.
  • Underdogs went 10-2 against the spread in Miami’s games this season.
  • Skip Holtz is 18-8-1 against the spread as an underdog since 2014.

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