College football bowl season has arrived as teams across the country are preparing to face their opponents with the hope of ending the year on a high note. The 2022 Independence Bowl will pit the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (6-6) against the Houston Cougars (7-5) in what will surely be an intense game.
Here's everything you need to know about the Independence Bowl on Friday, Dec. 23.
Where is Independence Bowl 2022?
The 2022 edition of the Independence Bowl will be played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA. Independence Stadium serves as the home of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs college football team and is known for its south end zone that borders Interstate 20. The stadium opened in 1924, seats 63,000 and is hosting this game for the 46th time.
When is Louisiana vs Houston Independence Bowl?
The Independence Bowl is scheduled during college football's bowl season. The game will be played on Friday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. ET and airs live on ESPN.
Independence Bowl Louisiana vs Houston Prediction and Odds 2022
Our Independent Bowl prediction is from The Duel's official Louisiana vs Houston betting preview.
Houston enters this matchup with one of the best offenses in the country at a 37.2 PPG rate (No. 13). The majority of the Cougars' offense stems from an aerial attack that averages 321.1 passing yards, which increases to a 343.7-yard average whenever they're away from home.
Though Louisiana's offense is solid (27.3 PPG), the Ragin' Cajuns average nearly eight fewer points on the road. Louisiana's opponents have also averaged a 45.6% third-down conversion rate over the last three games, indicating that the defense just isn't stepping up.
The Cougars' D is among the worst in the country, but at least it's stopped opponents on 39.6% of third downs over that same span. Assuming that trend continues in a positive direction, it's going to be tough for the Ragin' Cajuns to keep up, especially if Houston's offense is clicking.
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: UL: (+220) | HOU: (-275)
Spread: UL: +6.5 (-104) | HOU: -6.5 (-118)
Total: 58.5 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
Final Score Prediction: Houston: 43 | Louisiana: 35
Louisiana vs Houston History
Louisiana and Houston have met head-to-head on the football field six previous times. Though the Cougars won five of those games, it was the Ragin' Cajuns that picked up the 31-28 victory in their last meeting in 2006.
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