SHREVEPORT - Formerly called the Independence Bowl, Boston College and Arizona will be the participants in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Boston College, (7-5, 4-4) is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s representative as the Eagles make their first trip to Shreveport. Boston College will look to shake a 3-bowl losing streak in its first postseason appearance since 2010.
The Eagles are led by senior running back Andre Williams, who leads the nation in rushing yards with 2,102 and 175.2 yards per game. He is just the 16th player in college football history to post a 2,000-yard season, joining some of college football’s most revered names, such as Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, LaDainian Tomlinson and Ricky Williams. He ranks 9th on the all-time list for yards in a season, but needs just 84 yards to move past Troy Davis of Iowa State for 4th all-time. The Doak Walker Award winner is also a CollegeFootballPoll.com All-American selection and was the 4th-place finisher in voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Senior quarterback Chase Rettig runs the B.C. offense for Steve Addazio who is in his first year as head coach of the Eagles. Rettig has passed for 1,804 yards with 17 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. His top target is wide receiver Alex Amidon with 67 catches for 895 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Eagles are known for producing top talent at linebacker and are led defensively by seniors Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto. Divitto leads the team in tackles with 107, including 5 for loss and 2 sacks. He also has an interception and 5 passes broken up.
Pierre-Louis is second on the team with 104 tackles, including 10.5 for loss and 6 sacks. Defensive end Kasim Edabali leads the team in tackles for loss (15) and sacks (9.5).
Arizona (7-5, 4-5) was an at-large representative and is also making it's first trip to Shreveport as the Wildcats become just the third PAC-12 team to play in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl/Independence Bowl in its 38-year history, joining Washington (1987) and Oregon (1989, 1992).
Arizona features a top-tier running back of its own in junior Ka’Deem Carey, the other CollegeFootballPoll.com at the running back position. The PAC-12 offensive player of the year finished 9th in Heisman voting and comes into the game ranked 5th in the country in rushing yards at 1,716, and second nationally in rush yards per game at 156. Like Boston College's Williams, he has scored 17 touchdowns. He is also 4th on the team in receptions with 26 (173 yards,1 TD).
Arizona’s dual-threat quarterback, senior B.J. Denker, has thrown for 2,241 yards and 14 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He also has 898 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. His top target is freshman receiver Nate Phillips, who leads the team with 503 yards on 42 receptions and a team-high 7 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Wildcats are led by linebacker Marquis Flowers with 86 tackles that include 8.5 for loss. Senior defensive lineman Sione Tuihalamaka leads the team in tackles for loss (11) and sacks (5). Junior safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant tops the squad in interceptions with 4.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has led the team to a bowl game in each of his first two years, and it is the 5th time in the last 6 years the Wildcats have made it to the postseason.
This will be the first meeting between Arizona and Boston College. It is also the second-consecutive year that both participants are making their first appearance in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl/Independence Bowl.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com give Arizona a 12.27-point edge in this year's contest.