If there is an interesting college football bowl matchup on December 28, it would come right away in the day as the 8-4 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks face the 8-4 Ohio Bobcats in the Independence Bowl at 2 p.m. Eastern time in Shreveport, LA. This obviously allows to a bit of home field advantage with the Warhawks not having to leave the state for this game. With two very evenly-matched teams as well, this game will come down to the final minutes.
Each team is averaging over 435 yards per game along with more than 30 points per game. Neither of these teams is really great on defense either so I wouldn’t be surprised if each team got above the 30-point mark in this game. Ohio has a great rushing game and will need that to continue being successful in this bowl game as the Bobcats are looking to end a three-game losing streak. The Bobcats started 7-0 this season before going 1-4 down the stretch so their confidence may be a bit shaken. The Warhawks have won two straight and average about 300 yards a game through the air–that will be challenged by an Ohio defense that is very good at defending the pass.
This game boils down to whoever can keep their offense going at top speed even after a month off. I’ve always thought that after a long layoff that a running game is better than more timing with the pass. It will be high-scoring and a tight game but I’m going to take Ohio 34-31. I just believe the Bobcats will be able to run the well enough to come away with the victory.
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