Watch the 2014 Independence Bowl: South Carolina vs. Miami game time, TV schedule, live online streaming
Which team will cap a disappointing 2014 with a bowl win?
Two of the Southeast’s best football programs suffered terribly disappointing seasons in 2014. South Carolina and Miami both finished the year 6-6, and only one will emerge from the Duck Commander Independence Bowl with a winning season.
Miami opened the year with a debilitating loss to Louisville, but managed to work their way back into the Coastal discussion with a 6-3 start. The Hurricanes ended the season with three straight losses — Florida State, at Virginia, and Pittsburgh — leaving them with their worst record under Al Golden.
South Carolina knows a little about that — this season’s 6-6 mark ties their worst year under Spurrier, and a loss would give them their first losing season under the Head Ball Coach. The Gamecocks’ 38-36 win over Georgia is the one saving grace from the year, which included losses to Kentucky and Tennessee.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 3:30 p.m. ET.
Online streaming: WatchESPN.
Rankings and records: Neither team is ranked. Both are 6-6 this season. The Hurricanes hold an 8-5-2 lead in the all-time series, and have won the last six meetings between the two schools.
Vegas: The line opened even, but the Hurricanes are now 3-point favorites. The over/under is set at 61 points.
Weather forecast: High of 49, mostly cloudy.
Two things at stake
A win for South Carolina would prevent their first losing season under Steve Spurrier.
Miami is looking for their first bowl win since 2006.
One big matchup
Duke Johnson vs. South Carolina front seven. The Hurricanes’ junior running back returned from injury in a frightful way for ACC schools, rushing for 1,520 yards and 10 touchdowns on 218 carries. He surpassed the 100-yard mark in six straight games from late-September through mid-November, including a 249-yard performance against Virginia Tech. The Gamecocks have allowed 5.4 yards per carry this season, allowing at least 100 yards on the ground in every game this year, giving up more than 200 seven times and more than 300 twice.