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College Football Betting Preview: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Liberty Flames
October 17, 2023
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on the Liberty Flames in a Conference USA Matchup at Williams Stadium that will air at 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday on the CBS Sports Network.
Middle Tennessee State enters this game with a record of 2-5 following a 31-23 win at home against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs while covering the 3-point spread as a home favorite in week 7 of the college football season. The Blue Raiders scored 31 points while compiling a total of 353 yards offensively which included 248 passing yards and 105 rushing yards while allowing 23 points and 419 total yards defensively which included 340 passing yards and 79 rushing yards. Nicholas Vattiato led the team in passing, completing 23 of 29 attempts for 248 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 15 yards and a touchdown. Jaiden Credle led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 13 yards. Holden Willis led the team in receiving, catching four of six targets for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The Liberty Flames enter this game with a record of 6-0 following a 31-13 win on the road against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks while covering the 7-point spread as a road favorite in week 7 of the college football season. The Flames scored 31 points while compiling a total of 422 total yards offensively which included 177 passing yards and 245 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 324 total yards defensively which included 184 passing yards and 140 rushing yards. Logan Smothers led the team in passing, completing 8 of 18 attempts for 115 yards and an interception while rushing for 13 yards and a touchdown. Anwar Lewis led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 81 yards while adding a reception for 19 yards. Perry Carter led the team in receiving, catching five of six targets for 83 yards.
BookMaker has the Liberty Flames listed as 13.5-point favorites at home against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Tuesday in week 8 of the college football season. These teams have only played each other one other time resulting in a 41-13 win for the Liberty Flames while Liberty covered the 20-point spread in the matchup. Middle Tennessee State is 2-5 ATS overall, 1-2 ATS on the road, 1-2 ATS as an underdog, and 1-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Liberty Flames are 5-1 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS at home, 5-1 ATS as a favorite, and 3-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
The Liberty Flames are the best team in Conference USA this season and although Middle Tennessee State won last week, they still aren’t having a remarkable season as they enter this game with a record of 2-5. Liberty has also been the best team in the conference at covering the spread going 5-1 ATS overall and covered the spread the last time these teams met on the field which is what I think will happen on Tuesday which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Liberty Flames -13 at home when they host the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
Spooky Express Pick: Liberty Flames -13
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