Southern Miss at Liberty: 10/24/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Southern Miss at Liberty: 10/24/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Liberty Flames (5-0) vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Williams Stadium)

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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will travel to Williams Stadium (VA) to take on the Liberty Flames this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles had their 2nd consecutive game cancelled last weekend due to COVID-19 and come into this game with a 1-3 (1-1 C-USA) overall record after defeating the North Texas Mean Green, 41-31, on October 3rd.  In their match-up agianst North Texas, the Golden Eagles were outstanding offensively against the Mean Green defense and was able to hold on late after a 4-yard TD run by Darius Maberry gave the Golden Eagles a 34-17 lead early in the 4th quarter. Southern Mississippi was outgained by North Texas by a 483-437 margin, however, did win the turnover margin by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was RB Frank Gore Jr. who had 130 yards and a TD on 23 carries.

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On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 29.0 ppg on 402.0 total yards per game (278.0 passing yds/g; 124.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Southern Mississippi has been led by QB Jack Abraham who has completed 64.4% of his passes for 1,112 yards, 7 TD, and 3 INT. The top receivers for Abraham and the Golden Eagles have been Jason Brownlee (17 rec, 301 yards, 3 TD), Tim Jones (14 rec, 299 yards, 2 TD), and Demarcus Jones (19 rec, 183 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Golden Eagles backfield has been Frank Gore Jr. (46 att, 208 yards, TD), Kevin Perkins (21 att, 82 yards, 2 TD), and Don Ragsdale (24 att, 81 yards, TD).

Defensively, Southern Mississippi is allowing their opponents to average 40.0 ppg on 490.5 total yards per game (265.5 passing yds/g; 225.0 rushing yds/g).

The Liberty Flames improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Syracuse Orange, 38-21, this past Saturday. Liberty’s offense had no trouble finding the endzone agianst the Syracuse defense and easily cruised to victory after a 16-yard TD run by Peytton Pickett gave the Flames a 35-14 lead with 2:58 left in the 3rd quarter. Liberty outgained Syracuse by a 520-308 margin and held the Orange to just 19 first downs in the victory. Leading the way for the Flames was RB Shedro Lewis who had 170 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on just 10 carries.

On the season, Liberty is averaging 34.4 ppg on 458.2 total yards per game (190.0 passing yds/g; 268.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Liberty has been led by QB Malik Willis who has completed 64.0% of his passes for 777 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT. Willis is a duel-threat QB who is also leading the Flames in rushing as he rushed for 398 yards & 5 TD’s on 59 carries. The top receivers for the Flames and Willis have been DJ Stubbs (21 rec, 304 yards, 3 TD), CJ Yarbrough (6 rec, 135 yards), Kevin Shaa (12 rec, 135 yards), and Demario Douglas (11 rec, 68 yards, TD). The Liberty backfield has been led by Joshua Mack (59 att, 359 yards, TD), Shedro Louis (33 att, 310 yards, 3 TD), and Peytton Pickett (59 att, 293 yards, 3 TD).

Defensively, Liberty is holding their opponents to an average of 18.6 ppg on 269.6 total yards per game (166.4 passing yds/g; 103.2 rushing yds/g).

The Golden Eagles are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games, however, are 3-2 ATS in their las 5 road games. The Flames are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and 2-2 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Southern Mississippi has not played in the last two weeks due to COVID which cannot help a team that despite picking up a victory agianst North Texas, has not look that impressive this season. Liberty is a team that is starting to get some of the recognition that they deserve and as I think their running game should have no issues putting up points on the board against a Southern Mississippi defense that is allowing 225.0 yds/g on the ground, I’m taking the Flames to stay undefeated and cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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