Temple: QB Anthony Russo led the team to a 7-2 record after taking over as the starter as the Owls averaged 36 points and 435.7 yards per game with him under center.
Duke: The Blue Devils finished a dismal sixth behind ACC Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh but posted seven wins against teams that are playing in the postseason.
Temple: This is the fourth straight season the Owls have qualified for a bowl game, but they’ve never won two straight in the postseason. Temple beat Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl last year, so the chance for a breakthrough is there.
It will be the first meeting between the teams.
Duke: Blue Devils are 5-8 in bowl games. This is their sixth postseason appearance in seven years and first in the Independence Bowl.
Temple: The Owls are just 3-4 in bowl games and have never played in the Independence Bowl.
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