Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Florida State Seminoles, 2017 Independence Bowl, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA College Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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Southern Mississippi vs Florida State, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 1:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
TV: 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Florida State -15.5
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
235-Southern Miss Golden Eagles +15 -112 +475 Ov 49 -110
236-Florida State Seminoles -15 -108 -600 Un 49 -110
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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Florida State Seminoles will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Independence Stadium (Shreveport).

ABOUT SOUTHERN MISS (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA): Junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs (15 touchdowns, two interceptions) matched a career high with three TD passes versus Marshall. Griggs’ favorite target is junior wide receiver Korey Robertson, whose 1,070 yards and 11 touchdowns lead C-USA. Smith accounted for 58.2 percent of the Golden Eagles rushing yards and 72.2 percent of their ground TDs.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (6-6, 3-5 ACC): The Seminoles’ winning streak coincides with the improved play of freshman quarterback James Blackman (57.2 percent completion rate, 15 touchdowns, 11 interceptions), who has thrown six TDs and three INTs while completing 60.3 percent of his passes during that span. Running back Cam Akers (930 yards, seven TDs) needs 79 yards to break the school record for rushing yards by a true freshman set by Dalvin Cook in 2014. Junior running back Jacques Patrick (687 yards, six TDs), who rushed for a season-high 155 yards and two touchdowns versus ULM, is another strong threat out of the backfield.

Oddsmakers opened the Seminoles as -14-point favorites versus the Golden Eagles, while the game’s total opened at 50.5.

INDEPENDENCE BOWL STORYLINES

1. Odell Haggins will continue to serve as interim head coach, keeping the seat warm for the newly hired Willie Taggart, when Florida State meets Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl at Shreveport, La., on Dec. 27. Haggins and Taggart are the first two African-American coaches in Seminoles football history, and Taggart – a Bradenton, Fla., native and lifelong Florida State fan – aspires to be the first African-American coach to win a national championship. “When we looked at a number of candidates, we knew Willie would rise to the top because of his passion about Florida State, and (having) the same vision that I have about the athletics department that he runs within his football program,” Seminoles athletic director Stan Wilcox, also an African-American, told the Orlando Sentinel. “The fact he happens to be an African-American is just icing on the cake. … It really is heartwarming to know over my career in fighting to open the doors for more minority head coaches in football and basketball, I finally got an opportunity to do that.”

2. Florida State needed to win its last three games, including a 38-22 victory at Florida on Nov. 25, to become bowl-eligible for the 36th straight season. The Seminoles erupted for 157 points during that span with wins over Delaware State 77-6 on Nov. 18 and Louisiana Monroe 42-10 on Dec. 2 after scoring 163 in their first nine games. Haggins ran the team against ULM after Jimbo Fisher resigned Dec. 1 to take the job at Texas A&M and the $75 million for 10 years that came with it, while Taggart will continue to evaluate the coaching staff since leaving his post as Oregon coach.

3. Southern Miss, which defeated ULM 28-17 on Sept. 16, is riding a three-game winning streak after a 28-27 victory over Marshall on Nov. 25. The Golden Eagles are led by senior running back Ito Smith, who has rushed for 453 of his 1,321 yards and six of his 13 touchdowns this season during the winning streak. Southern Miss will play in a bowl game for the third straight season, defeating Louisiana 28-21 in the 2016 New Orleans Bowl and losing to Washington 44-31 in the 2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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In their last action, Florida State was a 42-10 winner at home against Warhawks. They covered the -25.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Southern Miss, they were a 28-27 winner as they battled Thundering Herd on the road. Southern Miss covered in the match as a +0-point underdog, while 55 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Southern Miss:
Team record: 8-4 SU,8-4 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.

Florida State:
Team record: 6-6 SU,3-8-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.

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