Watch Independence Bowl 2016: NC State Wolfpack vs Vanderbilt Commodores TV channel & live stream info. NC State vs Vanderbilt Live On Date: Monday, Dec. 26 Time: 5 p.m. ET Location: Independence Stadium — Shreveport, Louisiana TV: ESPN2 Live streams: WatchESPN Free Trial Now
Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
Now they’re here, and the matchup is actually fairly interesting. This could turn out to be a perfectly nice bowl game, even though it’s on the literal worst day of three bowl games in the history of the sport.
Don’t bank on seeing a great deal of offense. Vanderbilt’s O is downright atrocious, and NC State’s is mediocre. But the defenses are both legitimate. Vanderbilt has SB Nation All-American linebacker Zach Cunningham, who’s a really wonderful player. The Commodores play elite red zone defense and are hard to finish off. NC State has a few athletes of its own, and the Wolfpack do a nice job limiting the run.
Bowl season features many games with high score totals. This will not be one of those games. But if you’re cool with a competently played game between two evenly matched teams sporting strong defenses, then, hey. This might work for you.
Series history: The Commodores have won both meetings between the two teams, including a 38-24 victory in 2021.
AP preview: Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi and Tennessee in the final two weeks to gain bowl eligibility. Until those 38-17 and 45-34 outcomes, the Commodores had failed to reach the 20-point mark in any of their Southeastern Conference games. “I think there are definitely building blocks for this offense,” Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur said. N.C. State had to win at North Carolina in the regular-season finale to reach six victories following a rough midseason stretch. “North Carolina State is pretty much a mirror image of us,”
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