Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Liberty Flames Prediction, 12/18/2021 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Liberty Flames
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-7)
The Liberty Flames (7-5) welcome the Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5) at Hancock Whitney Stadium on Saturday in the Lending Tree Bowl. Eastern Michigan opens this matchup as 7-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 57.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles head into this game 7-5 this season. The last time they took the field, the Eagles took on the Central Michigan Chippewas and ended up losing by a score of 31-10. Bryson Moss was the best rusher for the Eagles with 5 carries for 26 yds (5.2 yards per attempt). Ben Bryant connected on 24/35 with 221 yds passing. He had a quarterback rate of 121.6 and finished the game with no interceptions. On the ground, the Eagles gave up 236 yards on 52 attempts, which calculates to 4.5 yards per rush surrendered. Eastern Michigan relinquished 12 completions on 24 tries for 130 yards, and a completion rate of 50.0%. On the day, they ran 62 plays for 226 yards. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ran the ball a total of 27 times and accrued 5 yards, which is an average of 0.2 yards per tote.
Regarding putting points on the board, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging 31.0 PPG. As a team they average 117.3 yards on the ground which is 112th in Division 1. The Eagles have earned 4,571 yards in total over the course of this year. With reference to getting in the endzone, Eastern Michigan has earned 19 touchdowns through the air and 25 touchdowns via the ground. Eastern Michigan has tallied 266 first downs as a team, and they have committed 40 penalties for 362 yards. They have surrendered the ball 13 times.
In terms of passing yardage, the Eagles have conceded 2,801 yds which has them sitting in 70th in the country. They have conceded 233.4 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 58.8%. Over the course of this year, they are granting 430.3 yards per outing which has them sitting 102nd in the nation. They have yielded 16 touchdowns by air and 24 touchdowns on the ground. They are allowing an average of 5.0 yards per rushing attempt and 196.9 rushing yards per game on the year. For the year, they have given up 2,363 yards via the running game in 12 games. The Eagles are sitting in 82nd in Division 1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 27.8 points per game.
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The Flames head into this game 7-5 this season. The last time they took the field, the Flames took a loss by a final score of 31-16 when they faced the Army Black Knights. Malik Willis (1 touchdown) walked away from the game with 305 yards on 24/46 through the air while his quarterback rate was 110.7. He had 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 6.6. Malik Willis carried the football 16 times for 37 yards, finishing the contest with 2.3 yards per attempt for Liberty. Liberty ran the ball for 3.2 yds per carry, finishing with 79 yards on 25 attempts. The Flames finished the contest with a total of 384 yards and they ran 72 plays (5.3 yards per play). The Flames secondary allowed a completion rate of 75.0%, relinquishing 102 yds on 3 out of 4 through the air. Liberty conceded 62 rushing attempts for 220 yards (3.5 yds per rush).
The Liberty Flames hold an average of 428.1 yards per outing, ranking them 46th in Division 1. The Liberty offense has accrued 817 penalty yards on 86 violations, which ranks 29th in the nation in terms of making mistakes. For the season so far, the Flames have thrown for a total of 3,020 passing yards in addition to an average of 251.7 passing yards per contest, ranking them 49th in the country. Concerning their scoring prowess, the Flames currently rank 42nd in the country with an average of 31.8 PPG.
Liberty has given up a total of 1,694 yards rushing (141.2 yards/game) as well as 18 touchdowns by way of the ground game this season. They have allowed 14 touchdowns through the air and 174.2 yards per game, which has them ranked 5th in D-1. The Flames defense has taken the field for 791 plays, which is good for 30th in the nation. The Flames are relinquishing 21.7 points per contest, ranking them 30th in the nation. This year, they have allowed 260 pts.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Flames college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eagles +7
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