The 2014 Independence Bowl kicks off December 27th with a pair of disappointing teams playing to save face with the Miami Hurricanes facing the South Carolina Gamecocks. Miami vs South Carolina Betting Odds spread have Miami -4 with even 50/50 Independence Bowl predictions on both teams. ACC representative Miami (6-6 SU 5-7 ATS) played a vicious schedule and never recovered from their heartbreaking 20-24 loss at home to Florida State in their 10th game. SEC rep South Carolina (6-6 SU 4-8 ATS) has been a disaster with a preseason top-10 touting proving to be fools gold and a defense that was invisible most of the year. Which one of these underachieving power conference reps can finish over the .500 mark? Our handicappers broke down the sides and give away our expert 2014 Independence Bowl Predictions plays. Miami vs South Carolina Betting Odds have the Gamecocks as +155 moneyline underdogs to win straight up (Bet $100 to win $155) at BOVADA.LV
2014 Independence Bowl Predictions Analysis: Both offenses have some pop but the ‘Canes slightly more talented defense should be the difference in a shootout. Miami’s defense boasts a secondary that ranked #28 in pass-efficiency defense compared to a vulnerable Gamecocks secondary that ranks #81. Our handicappers expect UM running back Duke Johnson (4.30 40-speed) to bust out of his slump against an S.C. run stop unit that allows 5.4 yards per carry. Johnson was a Heisman Trophy candidate before the season and should retain that form under the bowl lights where NFL scouts will be watching with an eagle eye. Also looking to line their pockets with NFL cash is 245 Lb. Miami middle linebacker Denzel Perryman (450 Lb bench-press) who leads a run-stop unit that allows a respectable 3.7 yards per carry. Miami vs South Carolina Betting Odds Total is at 61.0 points
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Miami ranks #36 in overall special teams compared to a weak South Carolina group that ranks #79. In a game that should be closely contested, that advantage can be huge for Miami. Bright Hurricanes head coach Al Golden will be trying to keep his job while “The Ol’ Ball Coach” Steve Spurrier is plenty comfortable in South Carolina, no matter how his team performs. The status of All-ACC Miami TE Clive Wolford should me monitored closely with his value worth at about +1.5 points on the spread. Bet Miami’s sturdier defense and more desperate coach to cover the short spread as the favorites.
Expert 2014 Bowl Picks: Miami -4 spread
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