The USC and Miami football teams have completed the heavy lifting in Shreveport, LA for Saturday’s Independence Bowl. The last of the hard work was finished Thursday. Today the teams are resting up. Each will have a walk thru at Independence Stadium Friday afternoon though the rain threat could shorten the time on the field.
There’s not much riding on this one outside of a winning season for the victor and the pride of winning a bowl game. Both teams have suffered thru up and down 6-6 seasons, but at the final press conference Friday, head coaches Steve Spurrier and Al Golden pronounced their teams focused and ready to play.
Spurrier did add that defensive tackle JT Surratt may not be available Saturday because of a stomach illness that put him in the hospital Thursday night. A team spokesman said Friday night it would be a game time decision on Surratt depending on how he’s feeling.
Here’s the opening of USC’s press conference:
(Steve Spurrier, Sharrod Golightly, Dylan Thompson)
(Al Golden, Denzel Perryman, Duke Johnson)
USC, which is in its 20th bowl game, will be going for its fourth straight bowl win, a first for the school. Miami, which is making its 38th bowl appearance, has lost its last four bowl games and will be seeking its first bowl win since 2006.
The Hurricanes own a four game winning streak over the Gamecocks. They last played in 1987. USC’s last win over Miami was in 1947.
Miami is a 3.5 point favorite for Saturday’s 3:30 PM kickoff on ABC.