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Nick’s Pick for the Independence Bowl

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Ohio (8-4, 4-4 MAC) vs. Louisiana Monroe (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt)

December 28, 2012 • Independence Stadium, SHREVEPORT, LA - ESPN


Ohio vs UL-Monroe Game Notes:

Both teams are 8-4, the Bobcats average 30 points per game and give up 25, ULM averages 35 and give up 28.

OU has given up 80 points and nearly 1,000 yards of offense over their past two games.

The Bobcats will try to close 2012 with a victory behind second-team all-MAC pick Beau Blankenship, 10th in the nation with 125.0 rushing yards per game.

Louisiana-Monroe charged onto the scene with its shocking upset of No. 8 Arkansas to start the season and is now playing in its first bowl game in program history. Ohio was also an early-season darling with its 7-0 start, but then dropped four of its last five games, including its final three.

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Nick’s Pick: Louisiana Monroe 33 - Ohio 29

Comment: The Bobcats have the talent and coaching to win but certainly have a difficult draw against a quality team from the Sub Belt Conference. Look for a close game that goes down the wire but give the nod to the "home" team in this bowl


























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