LendingTree Bowl: Eastern Michigan at Liberty 12/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

LendingTree Bowl: Eastern Michigan at Liberty 12/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Liberty Flames (7-5) vs Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5)

Game Info: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 5:45 pm (Hancock Whitney Stadium)

Betting Odds: Liberty Flames -7 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will take on the Liberty Flames in the LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Alabama Saturday afternoon. Both of these teams saw losses as they ended their seasons. 

Th Eastern Michigan Eagles are coming off of a loss to CMU in their last game, 31-10. Ben Bryant did not have a good outing in that one as he was sacked 7 times. He completed 24 of 35 passing attempts but had zero touchdowns and no interceptions. 

This offense is led by QB Ben Bryant. Ben Bryant is 256 of 372 passing for 2,921 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions while adding two rushing touchdowns.

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Eastern Michigan is 46th in the FBS in scoring offense as they put up an average of 31 points per game and 381.6 yards per game. They are 82nd in scoring defense as they are allowing 27.8 points per contest. Defensively, the Eagles have struggled as they allow 430.3 yards a game. 

Liberty dropped their final three games after a 7-2 start as they were beaten at home by Army in their regular season finale. Malik Wallis completed 24 of 46 passing attempts as he had 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the loss. He had a QBR of 33.8

Malik Willis has been the leader for this team and looks like a possible 1st round pick. He has completed 61.6% of his passes for 2,626 yards with 24 TDs and 12 INTs. Willis is one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and showed it again this season as he rushed for 820 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Liberty averages just under 430 yards per game. Liberty is 41st in the FBS in scoring offense by averaging 31.8 points per game and are 30th in scoring defense by allowing 21.7 points a contest.

Although the Flames are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, this is a chance for them to turn things around and win big to finish out the season. Liberty has all the weapons to get it done and cover this spread. The Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Independent Programs. I’m not rushing to bet on this one, but I’ll lay the points with Liberty as they should want to end the season on a positive note with a big win in the LendingTree Bowl.

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Clayton’s Pick Liberty -7

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