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AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Ohio Bobcats vs. UL-Monroe Warhawks: Odds, Start Time

Two teams with successful seasons will meet in the AdvoCare 100 Independence Bowl as the Ohio Bobcats take on the UL-Monroe Warhawks. The game will be played on Friday with a start time of 2 p.m. Currently the odds for the game have UL-Monroe favored by a touchdown.

Two quality team 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 game 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 ranks 25th in the country, scoring 35 points per game this season. They throw the ball well for more than 296 yards per game, but also can get the work done on the ground as well, rolling up 146 yards per game. 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.

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