Before the influx of bowl games in recent years, college football revolved around a handful of season-ending contests.One of these games started 35 years ago in Shreveport, Louisiana as the Independence Bowl. The sportsbook has
this at Missouri -5 with the over/under at 52 ½.
Missouri comes into the game with a 7-5 overall record and a 5-4 record in the Big 12. The Tigers are headed by 10th year head coach Gary Pinkel who has amassed an 84-54 record on his watch. Special mention must be made to the rushing offense of the Tigers as they have averaged 236.3 yards per game that is ranked 11th in the nation. Coming off of a three-game winning streak, Missouri has done favorably against ranked teams this year with an astounding five games against them. Leading the Tigers behind center is sophomore scrambling QB James Franklin. Check the College Football Odds for Tigers versus North Carolina Tar Heels game
The Tar Heels enter the fray with an identical 7-5 overall record and a poor 3-5 record in the ACC Coastal division. North Carolina is in a state of transition in the head coaching department. Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora has been announced as the new head coach to take effect after Fedora’s bowl game with the Golden Eagles against Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on December 24th. Interim head coach Everett Withers has done a decent job in switching from his defensive coordinator post to head the Tar Heels this season. With UNC announcing Fedora’s hiring, Withers is rumored to be joining Urban Meyer’s coaching staff in Columbus after the Independence Bowl. Withers lead the Tar Heels on an interim basis after UNC fired Butch Davis back in July. The Tar Heels have averaged 28.3 points per game on offense and 23.5 points per game on defense. UNC is led by steady sophomore QB Bryn Renner. Renner’s 68.8 completion percentage ranks 13th best in the nation and his 161.2 rating is currently ninth among the nation’s top quarterbacks.
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