Both teams head into the game at 6-6. For Spurrier, a loss would mean his first losing season as a head coach since his first season, at Duke in 1987. The Gamecocks won two of their last three regular season games to become bowl eligible and qualify for the trip to Shreveport.
The Hurricanes of Miami lost their last three regular season games. But both coaches said they were looking forward to ending this season on a high note.
“Obviously we lost some close ones this year, and we won some close ones, too,” Spurrier said. “That’s where we are. We’re 6-6, and Miami is 6-6. Should be a heck of a game.”
Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Independence Stadium. The teams will participate in a parade and pep rally at 6 p.m. today at the Outlets at the Louisiana Boardwalk. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Independence Bowl Cook Off at the State Fairgrounds. Fan Fest at Hirsch Coliseum starts at 10 a.m., and a fireworks show will follow the game.