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AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Preview: Missouri, North Carolina and the Possibility of Curtains

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, December 26, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2

What it is: A reason for people to go to Shreveport.

The Sponsor: A multivitamin. Really.

The Teams: Missouri and North Carolina

How Missouri got here: In a season with plenty of off-field drama (some of which you might have heard a little bit about), the Tigers also had an interesting time between the sidelines. They lost to Arizona State and most of the Big 12 heavyweights, but edged Texas A&M in overtime and beat Texas in a final message as they leave the incredible shrinking conference. James Franklin had a solid debut season as starter keying an offense that racked up 472 yards of total offense a game, though that was only good enough for fifth in the yard-giddy Big 12. Franklin also got a healthy assist from Henry Josey, who churned out 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the last two games of the year.

How North Carolina got here: By making a run at Butch Davis Equilibrium even with Butch Davis gone. The Tar Heels actually started out relatively strong, with wins against what turned out to be surprising Rutgers and Virginia teams following the season opener against the FCS' James Madison. But UNC never seemed to be able to beat any of the "names" on its schedule after that, and they lost four of their last six games. Bryn Renner was eye-poppingly efficient under center, but aside from that the Heels just don't do anything particularly well. Their pass defense was dead last in the ACC, which I'm sure is not at all something to be concerned about when playing a Big 12 offense.

College football fans care because: It might be your last chance to see North Carolina in a bowl game for a while.

SEC fans care because: Missouri is joining the SEC next season. It's understandable if you somehow missed it; it really hasn't gotten a lot of attention in the sports world.

Watch this game if...: You love America.

The result: Missouri 32, North Carolina 12