Liberty Bowl Prediction
Will Kansas State find a way to slow down the momentum of No. 23 Navy when the two meet up in the Autozone Liberty Bowl today at 3:45PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Autozone Liberty Bowl
257 Kansas State vs. 258 Navy
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
3:45PM ET – Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Navy is the favorite in this game, as the Midshipmen are getting odds of -3 points against Kansas State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 53 points. The public betting currently has 51 percent going on Kansas State as the underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Kansas State treading water
Kansas State is coming off back-to-back wins over Texas Tech and Iowa State to end its season. The Wildcats have had five of their last seven games decided by seven points or less. Kansas State is 8-4 on the season, 9-3 against the spread and 8-3-1 with the under.
The Wildcats are a solid defensive team, allowing just 21.5 points and 364.2 yards per game. Their offense is averaging 30.7 points and 376.2 yards per game. Skylar Thompson is leading the team this season with 2,191 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 402 yards and 10 scores. James Gilbert is the leading rusher with 698 yards and six touchdowns. Dalton Schoen is adding 35 receptions for 567 yards and four scores.
Navy having strong year
Navy ended its regular season on a three-game win streak, including a big 31-7 win over Army in their annual clash. The Midshipmen are 10-2 on the season, 9-3 against the spread and 7-5 with the over.
Navy has been led this season by its powerful run game and potent defense. The Midshipmen are allowing just 22.8 points and 326.3 yards per game defensively, while the offense averages 38.6 points and 458.8 yards per contest. Their run game leads the nation with 363.8 yards per contest. Malcolm Perry is leading Navy with 1,804 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,027 yards and six touchdowns. Jamale Carothers added 712 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Kevin Brennan is leading the defense with 65 tackles and eight sacks.
College Football Betting Trends
The Wildcats have covered the spread in four straight against winning teams and in six of their last seven games on fieldturf.
The Midshipmen have covered the spread in five straight bowl games and in eight of their last 11 games on fieldturf.
Navy is having a great season and a win over Kansas State would be a great exclamation point to the year. The problem is, is that Kansas State has been tight with nearly every opponents. However, I think motivation will be a factor in this game. I think the Midshipmen will come in at 100 percent and excited to be in this game. I don’t expect the same for Kansas State. The Wildcats won’t have much to celebrate in this game and they have to face a team that is going to beat them up along the front lines. Look for Navy to be able to control the game with its run game, leading it to a cover.
Liberty Bowl Prediction: Navy -3