Independent Team Bowl Grades
Independent Bowl Grade: A-
Independents Straight Up: 2-1
Independents Against The Spread: 3-0
It certainly helped to not have Notre Dame as a part of the independent world this time around. The three that did get a shot in the bowl games were terrific. Liberty handed Coastal Carolina its only loss of the year, BYU was amazing against UCF, and Army fought the great fight against West Virginia.
Army Bowl Grade: B
Line: West Virginia -7, o/u: 41
Prediction: West Virginia 30, Army 14
Final Score: West Virginia 24, Army 21
The team got a bowl after its tie-in with the Independence Bowl fell through when the game got canceled, and it played great. The offense didn’t do what it was supposed to, and there’s no such thing as a moral victory with this bunch, but West Virginia is a Big 12 team with Big 12 talent, and it needed a late score a rally from down 21-10 to survive.
BYU Bowl Grade: A
Line: BYU -6.5, o/u: 75.5
Prediction: UCF 37, BYU 34
Final Score: BYU 49, UCF 23
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Unfortunately, this bowl game was totally awful – thanks, BYU. It was supposed to be a wild shootout, it was supposed to be a lot of fun, and … it was 49-10 Cougars midway through the third quarter. It was a dominant performance with 655 yards, no giveaways, and a great finish for an outstanding team.
Liberty Bowl Grade: A-
Line: Coastal Carolina -7, o/u: 59.5
Prediction: Coastal Carolina 34, Liberty 30
Final Score: Liberty 37, Coastal Carolina 34 OT
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Liberty was the only team this year to beat Coastal Carolina, and it found a way to come up with the win, but is also almost came up with an all-time royal screw up at the end when it got cute trying not to score a TD, and then trying, and then fumbling the ball away. The Flames survived and won on a blocked kick in overtime, but they turned it over too much, were outgained, and … they won.