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Fiesta Bowl Betting Preview: Liberty Flames vs. Oregon Ducks

January 1, 2024


The 2024 Fiesta Bowl will take place on Monday, January 1st, and will feature the 23rd-ranked Liberty Flames and the 8th-ranked Oregon Ducks in Glendale, Arizona at State Farm Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1:00 PM ET and will air on ESPN.

 

The Liberty Flames enter this game ranked 23rd in the College Football Playoff rankings and as the highest-ranked non-Power 5 team earned a spot in a New Year's 6 Bowl. The Flames ended the season with a record of 13-0 and won the Conference USA Championship game against the New Mexico State Aggies by a score of 49-35.

 

The Liberty Flames were the best rushing team in college football and the running game played a major role in the Flames being one of the highest-scoring teams in college football as they enter this game averaging 40.77 points per game which ranks 5th in college football while averaging 302.92 rushing yards per game. 

 

Kaidon Salter played a pivotal role in the success of the offense for Liberty as he led the team in passing and was 2nd on the team in rushing as he enters this game having completed 162 of 266 attempts for 2,750 yards with 31 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 1,064 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Liberty Flames will look to remain undefeated and finish with the most wins in school history when they face the Oregon Ducks.

 

The Oregon Ducks were one of the best teams in college football this season as they finished the season with a record of 11-2 with both losses coming against the Washington Huskies including a 31-34 loss in the Pac-12 Championship game which also ended their six-game winning streak. Bo Nix was one of the best players in college football this season and was one of the main catalysts for the success the Ducks had this year. 

 

Nix enters this game having completed 336 of 435 attempts for 4,145 yards with 40 touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for 228 yards and six touchdowns which led Oregon to be the 2nd highest-scoring team in college football with an average of 44.15 points per game while also having the best passing offense with an average of 341.69 passing yards per game. The Oregon Ducks will look to bounce back following the loss in the Pac-12 Championship when they play the Liberty Flames in the Fiesta Bowl.

 

BookMaker has the Oregon Ducks listed as 17-point favorites against the Liberty Flames in the 2024 Fiesta Bowl on Monday afternoon. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. The Liberty Flames are 9-4 ATS overall this season while the Oregon Ducks are 9-3-1 ATS overall and 9-3 ATS as a favorite on the year.

 

This matchup features two of the best offenses in college football this season and two of the Top 5 scoring teams as Liberty enters this game ranked 5 with an average of 40.77 points per game while Oregon is averaging the 2nd most with an average of 44.15 points per game.

 

Surprisingly Bo Nix will play for Oregon and there is no chance Liberty will be able to keep this game close if that is the case.  Of course it is too early to make that determination but for now Liberty gives up quite a few points, Oregon has a solid rush defense and this game could get ugly if Nix does play.

 

Spooky Express Pick: Oregon Ducks -16

Spooky Express Pick: Over 67 Points