2021 Independence Bowl Betting

2021 Independence Bowl Betting
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The name of college football bowl games often has to do with a sponsor or a location, but the Independence Bowl comes with two additional connotations.

The Independence Bowl was first established in 1976 and named after the United States’ Bicentennial. This college football bowl game has been played every year, with the exception of 2020 because of a lack of teams in a pandemic shortened season.

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Today, this bowl features an independent team (a college football team not belonging to a major conference) and revolving opponents based on a conference for that year.

This year, BYU was the chosen planned team and was set to go up against a Conference USA team.

That team this year was announced on December 5th and is the UAB Blazers, meaning we will have a top team in the nation in BYU vs. UAB.

Here, we will go over this matchup in great detail including how to wager it from multiple angles and from the perspective of Louisiana sportsbooks.

2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

📅 Date:Saturday, December 18, 2021
⏲️Time:3:30 p.m. ET
🏟️Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
📺 Watch:ABC
🏈 Teams:No. 13 BYU vs UAB

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Betting on BYU at the Independence Bowl

Suffering two losses this season, the BYU Cougars are slated to move to the Big 12 in 2023, but could do so as early as next season.

The two losses in the regular season came against an excellent Baylor Bears team, but the other was more shocking, losing to Boise State which was the nail in the coffin for an even a possible College Football Playoff bid.

BYU had some solid wins this season, including two against Utah-based teams in the Utah State Aggies and another nationally ranked team in the Utah Utes.

Tied for the third-best offense in the FBS, BYU possesses a touchdown scoring machine in running back Tyler Allgier with 20 on the season. The NFL Draft eligible star averaged nearly six per tote, carrying the ball 249 times for 1,417 yards.

He is going to be a massive problem for the UAB defense.

Beyond Allgier, BYU may not have Zach Wilson behind center anymore, but Jaren Hall has played well, throwing just five interceptions, though he has less than 296 attempts. Even in their loss against Baylor, Hall played well, throwing for nearly 350 yards against a quality Baylor defense.

Continuing on the offensive side of the ball, the receivers may not have much in the targets department. Yet, two of the three leading target-getters, wide receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney, are excellent deep threats averaging 18.5 and 17.4 yards per reception, respectively. To further illustrate their knack for the deep ball, their average depth of target is at least 16 for both of them. This indicates that their numbers are more than just yards after the catch, but rather showing that Hall is not afraid to throw it down the field.

This is because of an offensive line that is fantastic in both the pass and run game.

The defense for BYU is not all that intimidating, though they do have two excellent coverage players in linebacker Payton Wilgar and safety Malik Moore.

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Betting on UAB at the Independence Bowl

We’ve sung the praises of BYU and rightly so as they are not a nationally ranked team for no reason.

However, UAB, the 8-4 team that did suffer a loss to Rice this season, has some players to watch for in this one.

The main core is comprised of five players, with four of which come on the defensive side of the ball.

On offense, the team’s leading receiver is a tight end, Gerrit Prince, who may have just 32 catches on the season, but has more than 650 yards and eight touchdowns.

The offense doesn’t have much juice overall, but the defense makes up for that.

Alex Wright stands out and is actually a Day 2 competent NFL Draft prospect. Wright leads a UAB defense that ranks fifth in the country per PFF’s grading. He has a massive 51 total pressures. On the other side of the defensive line, UAB has a pass rusher to watch for in Nikia Eason. He’s played just 104 total snaps this season but has played well when he’s gotten the chance.

Since Eason, the team has seen great strides from slot cornerback Keondre Swoopes and safety Grayson Cash has allowed just 81 receiving yards all year long.

Still, though, as the betting lines indicate, UAB is a rightful underdog in this one.

2021 Independence Bowl Odds

Most sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel have advance odds for the 2021 Independence Bowl, which as we mention favor BYU at +7. Beyond that, the total is set at 54.5 with BYU and UAB being -280 and +225, respectively.

  • Spread: BYU -7
  • Total: 54.5
  • BYU Moneyline: -280
  • UAB Moneyline: +225

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Independence Bowl Moneyline Odds

The Dec. 18 game has moneyline odds for both teams of course, but with more value on the underdog Blazers than the favored Cougars. DraftKings shows a line of -280 for the Cougars and an overall lack of faith in the Blazers to win, it may be best to just avoid the moneyline here unless you want to sprinkle a bit of cash on the Blazers for fun.

Independence Bowl Point Spread Odds

I’d much rather prefer six and the hook here than a full seven, but still, UAB is going to have a tough time against the BYU offense. The defense may have ranked well this season, but they have lost to some bad teams such as Rice. Even at -7, this is setting up to be a massive win for the Cougars.

Independence Bowl Over/Under Odds

At 54.5, The main portion of covering this spread will come from the Cougars, but UAB, even with a lacking offense should be able to put together enough points to elevate this to the over.

The Cougars win big here, 40-17.

Independence Bowl Prop Bets

Prop bets are hard to come by in this game, but DraftKings has some first-quarter props to take a look at.

Right now, the total is set at 12.5 for the first quarter. This is basically two touchdowns. This is definitely a feat that the Cougars can accomplish on their own between the chance of the deep passing game clicking and Allgier just having his way on offense.

Independence Bowl Past Results

YearWinner (score)Runner Up (score)
2010:Air Force 14Georgia Tech 7
2011:Missouri 41North Carolina 24
2012:Ohio 45Louisiana-Monroe 14
2013:Arizona 42Boston College 19
2014:South Carolina 25Miami (FL) 21
2015:Virginia Tech 55Tulsa 52
2016:NC State 41Vanderbilt 17
2017:Florida State 42Southern Miss 13
2018:Duke 56Temple 27
2019:Louisiana Tech 14Miami (FL) 0

Who won the most Independence Bowls?

Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech have both appeared in the game five times, but the Ole Miss Rebels lead the way with four wins in five tries.

  • Ole Miss: 4 wins; 1986, 1998, 1999, 2002 (4-1 overall)

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Independence Bowl Betting Tips

  • Moneyline: Avoid BYU due to the large line, but feel free to sprinkle a bit on the underdogs for value sake.
  • Spread: BYU will win big. Take the -7 now.
  • Total: BYU will account for most of this, but UAB will do enough on offense to propel the total to the over
  • First Quarter Prop: It’s wholly possible Allgier scores two touchdowns quickly. Take the over at -12.5.

Minus the moneyline, go all-in on the Cougars here. The Blazers did well on defense this year, but it was not against competition even close to this BYU offense. Wright is a great EDGE, but UAB will have trouble against the Allgier ground game and two receivers running deep down the field.


The 2021 Independence Bowl will take place at the Independence Stadium, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The 2021 Independence Bowl will take place on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at 3:30 pm eastern time.

The BYU Cougars and UAB Blazers will face off at the 2021 Independence Bowl.

The Ole Miss Rebels have the most Independence Bowl game wins with four.

Yes! If you're not partaking in sports betting in Louisiana, that is OK. You can still bet on this game if you are located in a legal sports betting state.

Wherever you’re located, you should be able to bet on the 2021 Independence Bowl. Find your local sportsbook or an online sportsbook available in your state, and if you’re heading to the game yourself, Louisiana sports betting platforms will see a lot of action on this game.

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