Buffalo at Liberty College Football Betting Tips 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Williams Stadium is the venue where Stephen Calvert and the Liberty Flames will take on the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Buffalo as 4.5-point favorites. The total is set at 58.5. The Bulls are 0-2-0 ATS and 1-1-0 when betting on the total. The Flames are 0-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-2-0 against the spread.
Key Buffalo Bulls Injuries
09/09/19 P Evan Finegan Leg is out for season
08/27/19 WR Jovany Ruiz Knee is out for season
Key Liberty Flames Injuries
No key injuries to report
The last time they played, the Buffalo Bulls took on the Penn State Nittany Lions and added a loss to their record by a score of 45-13. Jaret Patterson led the team in rushing during the game. He had a long run of 14 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He rushed for a total of 71 yards by way of 23 carries which gave him an average of 3.1 yards per tote. Antonio Nunn led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 113 yards on 5 catches. He had an average of 22.6 yards per reception during the game. Running the show from under center for the Bulls was Matt Myers who went 16/31 with 245 yards passing and threw 1 TD. He threw 1 interception on the day. The Buffalo Bulls ended up running the ball 58 times and racked up 184 yards which gave them an average of 3.2 yards per rush. Overall, the Bulls earned a total of 22 1st downs and they totaled 8 penalties for 78 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. In all, they finished with a total of 90 plays which gave them a total of 429 yards. When discussing the defense, Buffalo gave up 16 completions on 22 tries for a total of 279 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.7%. On the day, they allowed a total of 357 yards and earned 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Bulls gave up 78 yards on 24 carries giving the other team an average of 3.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Bulls head into this matchup 1-1 this season. For total yards, they are currently ranked 3rd in the Mid-American Conference and 68th in Division 1 with 783 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country averaging 25.5 points per game, putting them 79th in Division 1. As a team, they have an average of 234.5 rushing yards per game which is 1st in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, giving up 27.5 points per contest ranking them 5th in the MAC. When it comes to yards through the air, the Bulls have allowed 314 yards. Teams are completing 74.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 12.0 yards per try. In regard to yards rushing, Buffalo is giving up 113 yards per game which has them at 1st in the conference and 44th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.3 yards per rush putting them 1st in the Mid-American Conference and 44th in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 226 yards rushing through 2 games.
In their last outing, the Liberty Flames took on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 35-14. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Flames was Stephen Calvert who went 21/37 with 212 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He threw 1 interception on the day. Frankie Hickson led the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 66 yards and he tallied 1 TD in the game. He rushed for a total of 133 yards via 18 carries which meant he was running for 7.4 yards per tote. Antonio Gandy-Golden was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 70 yards on 6 catches. He averaged 11.7 yards per catch in the game. The Liberty Flames ran the football 28 times and totaled 142 yards which gave them an average of 5.1 yards per run. In all, they ran 67 plays which gave them a total of 361 yards. For the contest, the Flames earned a total of 20 1st downs and they had a total of 9 penalties for 42 yards which is telling in terms of discipline. In terms of defense, Liberty allowed 16 catches on 25 tries for a total of 186 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.0%. In the game, they allowed a total of 593 yards and earned 2 turnovers. On the ground, the Flames allowed 407 yards on 46 attempts which means they allowed 8.8 yards per attempt allowed.
The Flames step onto the field holding a record of 0-2. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Flames have one of the worst offenses in the country. Liberty needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 69 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 125th in the nation. As a team, they have a total of 138 rushing yards through 2 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Flames average 297.5 yards per game overall which has them at 116th in the nation and 4th among D-1 Independent teams. The Flames are giving up 29.5 points per game which puts them at 4th among Independent teams and 96th in Division 1. Their pass defense is one of the best groups in the country. They are allowing 181 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Flames are currently ranked 4th among Independent teams. When talking about points given up, they have allowed 59 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they are allowing 299.5 yards per contest ranking them 131st in the country and 6th among Independent teams. For this year, they have conceded a total of 599 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Flames college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Flames +4.5
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