Liberty Flames (1-0) vs Army Black Knights (0-1)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Michie Stadium, West Point, New York,
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Liberty Flames vs Army Black Knights
The Liberty Flames will take on the Black Knights of Army on 9-8-2018 at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York, in week 2 college football action beginning at noon. This will be the first ever meeting amongst these two teams, however, the Knights will be looking for a better showing than in week 1 when they were blown out by Duke by a 34-14 score as they would not cover (+14) while the over was the play with the total being set at 46 points. The Flames would get their first win of the season in beating Old Dominion by a 52-10 score in their opener as they would cash in on the spread as 5-point dogs while the over was the play with the total being set at 58.5 points.
Liberty Flames's Latest Performance :
After going up at the half by only a 14-10 score, the Liberty Flames would outscore Fort Valley State 38-0 in the second half as they would cruise to their first victory of 2018. The offense would have 353 yards passing as Stephen Calbert would go 25 of 36 with 345 yards and 4 scores while the rushing game would rack up 238 yards total as Kentory Matthews would have 101 yards rushing on 17 attempts with a TD. Peyton Pickett would also step up for the rushing attack as he would have 2 TD’s on 87 yards rushing on 10 carries. DJ Stubbs would lead the receiving corps with 155 yards on 7 catches for a TD while Antonio Gandy Golden would have 3 scores along with 53 yards on 6 catches in the win. Jeremy Peters would have 6 tackles for the Flames while Isaac Steele and Elijah Benton would have 3 tackles apiece. Austin Lewis would have a sack for Liberty also, for a defense that allowed 172 passing yards along with 129 yards on the ground with 18 first downs.
Army Black Knights's Latest Performance :
The Black Knights would have 197 passing yards along with 168 rushing yards versus the Blue Devils in week 1 and 18 first downs, total. Kelvin Hopkins Jr would go 10 of 21 for 197 yards and a TD while he would also run for a TD as he collected 37 yards on 16 carries. Calen Holt also paced the rushing attack with 54 yards on 7 attempts while Camden Harrison would have 3 catches for 92 yards and a score for Army in the loss. The defense would allow the Devils 197 yards passing along with 184 yards on the ground with 21 first downs. Dylan Singleton would have 7 tackles and 4 assists to lead the team while Koby Quanash would have 4 tackles along with 5 assists. Victor Dimulefe would have 3 tackles, 3 assists, and a sack as well.
How Liberty Flames & Army Black Knights Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Army is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
Liberty is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Army will be back in their friendly confines and will seek to wipe away the memory of week 1 when they would fall hard to Duke on the road. The Flames, on the other hand, will look to continue their offensive success fueled by their QB play in hopes to steal at win at Michie Stadium on Saturday. As stated, the Knights certainly gave up some yards on defense to Duke last week and the Flames will certainly come in hoping to duplicate that success, to a large extent, on an Army defense that looks very young and inexperienced. Nonetheless, this will certainly be an exciting game as I feel as though the Flames may indeed have the potential to pull an upset.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Liberty Flames +9.5
My reason for the pick :
While Army will have much incentive to playing a more focused game against the Flames, Liberty had a great outing, albeit against Fort Valley Sate. Nonetheless, a win is a win and I am sure that they will be excited for the opportunity of playing Army while anxious to try out their quick strike offense on the Black Knights. In all, I will back the Flames as they are playing very well offensively which, in my view, can keep teams in any game if they are consistently executing, as they were in week 1.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 58.5
My reason for the prediction :
While I happen to think that the Flames will have their fair share of troubles in figuring out the Army offense, I also feel as if the Knights will have troubles figuring out this high-octane offense for the Flames as well. It is for this reason that I will pick the over in this instance as both teams will certainly be able to move the ball on each other throughout this matchup. In all, expect an up and down game between these two teams as the 58.5 total will certainly be surpassed early in the second half.
Betting trends for Liberty Flames:
- Under is 4-0 in Flames last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game
- Under is 4-0 in Flames last 4 games following a straight up win
- Flames are 13-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Betting trends for Army Black Knights:
- Under is 16-2 in Black Knights last 18 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Over is 5-1 in Black Knights last 6 games on fieldturf
- Under is 14-3 in Black Knights last 17 conference games