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Southern Miss vs. Florida State - Independence Bowl - 12/27/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (8-4) at Florida State Seminoles (6-6)

College Football: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm (Independence Stadium (Shreveport))

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -17 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

On Wednesday in the Walk On’s Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Florida State Seminoles will be meeting up in college football action. 

Southern Mississippi enters this game with an 8-4 record overall. The Eagles started out pretty solid at 5-2 following a 2OT win over LA Tech. Southern Mississippi then lost their next two games before finishing up the season on a 3-0 run. 

Southern Miss vs. Florida State - Independence Bowl - 12/27/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way in passing for the Golden Eagles this year is Kwadra Griggs, with 1793 yards, 15 TDs and two picks, while Ito Smith heads up the rush on 1321 yards and 13 TDs. Tops in receiving for Southern Mississippi is Korey Robertson with 1070 yards and 11 scores. 

Over on the Florida State side, they’re coming in at 6-6 on the season. The Seminoles started out sketchy at 1-3, then lost two of their next three games to slip to 2-5. Florida State finished on a strong run, however, winning four of their final five games. 

Leading the Seminoles in passing this year is James Blackman’s 1997 yards, 15 TDs and 11 INTs. Cam Akers is the top Florida State rusher with 930 yards and seven scores, while Nyqwan Murray is sitting on 604 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in the last five games following a straight-up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Southern Miss is also 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. 

Meanwhile, the Seminoles are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and 7-1 ATS in their last eight non-conference games. Florida State is also 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 bowl games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games in December. 

After a two-game stretch where they only scored 22 points, Southern Mississippi finished strong with at least 28 points in each of their last three games (and 66 points against Charlotte). As for Florida State, they finished up the year strong with 157 combined points in their final three games, but they looked very shaky every time they went up against quality competition this season. If the line were much thinner I’d probably be on Florida State here but as it stands now I’m taking Southern Miss.

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