The Miami Hurricanes play in the ACC and the South Carolina Gamecocks play in the SEC, but as you watch Independence Bowl live today you’ll see a battle of offenses that could change the SEC’s perception as a defensive league. The Miami Hurricanes have a slew of individual stars, while the South Carolina Gamecocks have one of the SEC’s best receivers. There could be plenty of fireworks as both 6-6 teams look for a winning record. You can watch the Independence Bowl on TV or you can watch Independence Bowl live online free Miami vs South Carolina streaming as well.
Kickoff for today’s Independence Bowl live is 3:30 EST / 12:30 PST from Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Though both the Hurricanes and Gamecocks are 6-6, Miami ended the seasons with three losses and will face a South Carolina Gamecocks team that lost three of their last five.
The winner of today’s Independence Bowl may come down to which of the two teams is more motivated. One would think we’d watch Miami Hurricanes football and see a team wanting to avoid their first losing record since 2007. The same thing holds true as we watch South Carolina football online or on TV, as the Gamecocks were ranked ninth overall to start the 2014 season.
The Miami Hurricanes are loaded with individual stars. Freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya passed for 2,962 yards and led the ACC with 25 touchdowns, while running back Duke Johnson rushed for 1,520 yards and All-ACC honors. Yet after losing 30-26 to Florida State, a team they led for all but three minutes of the game, Miami spiraled into two more losses, a 30-13 stinker against Virginia and a 35-23 loss to Pittsburgh in Miami. Can the ‘Canes turn it around as we watch Independence Bowl live online free or on TV today?
The South Carolina Gamecocks certainly hope not. After opening the season ranked ninth in the nation, South Carolina football suffered a devastating 52-28 loss to Texas A&M to start the season. Though they won their next three games, including a 38-35 upset over the then-No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs, South Carolina never regained their top-10 swagger. In fact, their .500 record barely made them eligible for today’s Independence Bowl.
One key reason to watch Independence Bowl live for South Carolina football fans is wideout Pharoh Cooper. Cooper was one of the best receivers in the SEC this year, grabbing 60 receptions for 966 yards and eight TDs. He also came out of the backfield on several occasions, rushing for 198 yards and two additional touchdowns.
Gamecocks running back Mike Davis is one to watch as well. Davis announced earlier this week that he will leave South Carolina early and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
Miami’s junior running back Johnson may also be playing his final game in college. After having six 100-yard games, averaging seven yards per carry and setting Miami’s record for 3,387 career yards, Johnson may enter the NFL draft after today’s Independence Bowl. Look for him to have a big game against the South Carolina football team as he makes his case to scouts in attendance or watching Independence Bowl live online free.
The Hurricanes and Gamecocks are both playing for pride. The trick will be which team can stay motivated after sliding into the Independence Bowl. It’ll also be a test to see who can turn individual performances into a team win. You can watch Independence Bowl live online free Miami vs South Carolina streaming on the ABC Live website. You can also watch Independence Bowl live broadcast on ABC Sports if you’re near your TV.