The Independence Bowl dates back to December 13, 1976 when the Shreveport area was rewarded with a post season bowl game. The name "Independence Bowl" was chosen as a tribute to the men and women that were or had served the country due to a strong military presence located in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is currently the 11th oldest bowl game in the Country.
Missouri and North Carolina enter the 36th Independence Bowl game as programs in transition. For the Tigers, it will be their final game as a part of the Big 12 conference before joining the SEC next season. That is something that coach Gary Pinkel is well aware of.
"It's the last game we're going to play in the Big 12 and that's kind of on my shoulders and on our players' shoulders. This game is important for many reasons, but this game will be remembered specifically for that."
For North Carolina, it will be the final game under interim head coach Everitt Withers who stepped in for the fired Butch Davis prior to the season. The Tar Heels recently hired Southern Miss Larry Fedora as their new head coach. Withers has agreed to join Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State next season.
Time: Monday, December 26, 4:00 p.m. CT
Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana