Independence Bowl North Carolina Tar Heels versus Missouri Tigers Betting Preview

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Two 7-5 college football teams will hook up in the Independence Bowl on Monday December 26th 2011 as the North Carolina Tar Heels from the ACC conference will battle the Missouri Tigers from the Big 12 conference.

The sportsbook of choice for bettors looking to get down on the Independence Bowl is Oddsmaker, the home of the best player bonuses in the industry.

The current betting odds available right now at Oddsmakers lists the Missouri Tigers as -5 ½ point betting favorites with a total of 53 points.

A money line bet on the favored Missouri Tigers will return -225 odds.

Those who think that North Carolina can win the Independence bowl straight up can take back +185 odds at Oddsmaker sportsbook.

The underdog Tar Heels struggled down the stretch losing four of their past six games.

They were 1-4 away from their home field with their only victory coming against East Carolina by the score of 35-20 in early October.

Under center for North Carolina is sophomore Bryn Renner who completed on nearly 69% of his passes for 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

On the Missouri side in the post Blaine Gabbert era it was sophomore James Franklin at quarterback. Franklin hit on 63% of his passes for 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

It should be interesting to see how the Missouri Tigers behind a running attack that nets 5.2 yards per rush can gain rushing yards on a Tar Heel defense giving up 3.1 yards a carry and notorious for good defensive lines.

Missouri was just 2-4 away from their home field this season. They have been competitive on the road with a three point loss at Baylor, losing by 7 at Kansas St and by 10 at Oklahoma.

The team sports a 38-31 road victory at Texas A&M in overtime back in late October.

The Tigers finished with three straight victories. They have faced a tougher schedule than North Carolina but failed in their biggest tests in losses to Oklahoma, Kansas St and Oklahoma St.

If you are going to lay the chalk with Missouri in the Independence Bowl you have to be concerned by the fact the team could only push across 17 points against a stout defensive team in Texas.

North Carolina is a quality defense allowing just 23 points a game and 14th in the nation against the run.

The Missouri Tigers are trending to three straight unders in their past three games.

North Carolina and Missouri will kick off the Independence Bowl from Shreveport Louisiana at 5PM Eastern Time. National television coverage will be provided by ESPN2 television.

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