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OHIO vs. LOUISIANA MONROE
Friday, Dec. 28, 2:00 pm
Two teams with successful seasons will meet and two quality teams getting after it in this game here. The Independence Bowl always seems to have one of the better matchups during the bowl seasons. We have an Ohio team that was favored to win the Mid-American Conference this year but finished with four losses, which came in the team's final five games. Each of their four losses were to other MAC teams that are playing in a bowl game as well. UL-Monroe is clearly popular this season, having knocked off Arkansas way back in September that sent the Hogs in a complete tailspin for the rest of the season. The Warhawks also went to overtime with Auburn and nearly won, then followed that up by falling by just five points against Baylor in the third week of the season. This team really has no fear after playing three major schools in the opening part of the year. Monroe lost only two games in the Sun Belt conference this season, dropping games to Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State.
Monroe throws the ball well, but also can get the work done on the ground as well. Defensively, they give up 28 points per game on average. Ohio defensively gives up only 25.7 points per game. They average 30.6 points per game this year, but the four losses in the last five games certainly will have an impact. They are a balanced team, throwing for more than 233 yards per game and running for 202 per game.
Forgot to update this individual game thread but posted on the bowl thread previously. Louisiana Monroe has never been to a bowl game before, and it is going to be interesting to see if it can top an Ohio team that has been on a tailspin over the course of the last month or so. The Bobcats are going to be happy to have some time off, and they have the talent to be a great team led by QB Tyler Tettleton. However, the Warhawks aren’t going to be intimidated, knowing that they were able to put Arkansas and almost beat Auburn this year. If QB Kolton Browning keeps his head on straight and the moment isn’t too big for ULM, this game could be interesting but I have this game as almost a pick em and truly the public is all over ULM. But when they zig I zag. I lean towards Ohio plus the points and as long as you can grab a touchdown or more this seems like a no brainer to me. Game should be very close. Sorry for the late update but we have had Ohio winning this game outright and was posted as such weeks, so its almost considered a money line dog if you want to push it. Bowl season always seems streaky and this year its turning out no different. Lets roll with the dogs and look for a good chance to cash the Over if you are playing.