The 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. CT.

The game will be televised on ESPN, marking the 27th-consecutive year an ESPN network will televise the event. ESPN first televised the 1992 Independence Bowl between Oregon and Wake Forest.

The 43rd-edition of Shreveport-Bossier City’s postseason college football game features a primary matchup with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference, and secondary agreements with the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA.

The game date and time are the same as the 2017 matchup between Southern Miss and Florida State, which featured a total live audience of nearly 2.5 million people; a 76 percent increase from 2016. The 2017 game also saw an increase in attendance of more than 4,600 tickets sold.

Tickets for the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl start at $30 for end zone seats, $45 for sideline bench seats, and group ticket packages are available. To purchase tickets, call (318) 221-0712 or toll free at (888) 414-BOWL. Tickets will be available to purchase online via Ticketmaster in the coming months.

— Stefan Nolet, Public and Media Relations Director, Walk-On’s Independence Bowl