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South Carolina vs. Miami - 12/27/14 Independence Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Hurricanes (6-6) at South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
Date & Time Saturday December 27, 2014, 3:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 61
TV Channel
ABC
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CFB | Miami Hurricanes (6-6) at South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
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The Miami Hurricanes and South Carolina Gamecocks play in the Independence Bowl Saturday at Independence Stadium.

The Miami Hurricanes have lost three straight games and play in their second straight bowl. Brad Kaaya is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kaaya has five touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and Miami has 34 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Phillip Dorsett and Clive Walford have combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Duke Johnson has eight receptions in his last two games. Miami’s ground game is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, as Johnson leads the way with 1,520 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, the Miami Hurricanes are allowing 24.3 points, 327.6 yards, and they’ve forced 25 sacks and 23 turnovers. Denzel Perryman leads Miami with 102 tackles and Thurston Armbrister has eight tackles for loss.

The South Carolina Gamecocks have split their last six games and are playing in their seventh straight bowl. Dylan Thompson is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Thompson has two touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and South Carolina has 32 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Pharoh Cooper and Nick Jones have combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Rory Anderson has four receptions in his last three games. South Carolina’s ground game is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, as Mike Davis leads the way with 927 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 31.2 points, 433.6 yards, and they’ve forced 12 sacks and 17 turnovers. Skai Moore has 82 tackles and Sharrod Golightly has 5.5 tackles for loss.

The Hurricanes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 bowl games and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Gamecocks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC. 

Miami is playing for Al Golden's job, as the Canes cant end the season with four straight losses. When you add in the fact Miami has more talent than the Gamecocks, I have to take the Hurricanes and the chalk. 

Pick:
Miami Hurricanes -3.5

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