Altemus 2008 Independence Bowl Picks

Don’t take a chance with the bowl game lines this year, sign up for a long term package of bowl picks from champion handicapper Evan Altemus.  This is an expert who studies the game and knows which games the book shave made a mistake on.  Take a look at why he took La Tech in the 2008 Independence Bowl to see what I mean:

Louisiana Tech has some two strong advantages in this game.  First, this game is being played in Shreveport, Louisiana, just an hour away from the Bulldogs campus.  Almost all of the fans in attendance will be on their site, giving them a huge home field advantage.  Teams playing this close to home have been almost unbeatable over the last few years.  In addition, Northern Illinois’ strength on offense is running the ball.  They must be able to move the ball on the ground in order to put points on the board.  However, Louisiana Tech’s strength is stopping the run.  They have one of the better rush defenses in college football, giving up just 100 yards on the season.  Meanwhile, Northern Illinois’ rush defense has struggled all season.  They are ranked 58th nationally against the run, giving up over 4 yards per rush attempt.  In addition, the Huskies only have 13 sacks on the season, while allowing teams to convert 3rd downs at a 40% rate.  The Bulldogs have an excellent running back by the name of Daniel Porter.  He is relatively unknown but has power and speed.  Louisiana Tech’s offense has improved since making a quarterback change to Ross Jenkins.  He has thrown 7 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions and 1011 yards passing with a 54% completion rate.  Louisiana Tech has several advantages in this game which will allow them to get an easy win.