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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#165 Buffalo
Bulls -6
#166 Liberty
Flames 58.5

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6:00pm

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Game Stats

Buffalo Bulls

1 - 1

0-2
ATS
1-1
O/U
25
PPG
27
OPPG

Liberty Flames

0 - 2

0-2
ATS
0-2
O/U
6
PPG
29
OPPG

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The Buffalo Bulls make the trip to Williams Stadium in Lynchburg to face the struggling Liberty Flames in week three of college football. Both teams were beaten convincingly in their previous games, the Bulls by Penn state and the Flames by the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Buffalo thrashed by Penn State after dominating first half

Form
The Bulls began the season with a confident 38-10 win over RMU. Things quickly unraveled when they met a superior opponent in the No. 15 Penn State Nittany Lions. The Bulls went down 45-13 after a strong first half, in which they led 10-7.

Last game
“They played really hard, competed really well for the first 30 minutes,” Buffalo coach Lance Leipold said. “Came out in the second half and, obviously, a big switch in momentum.”

Bad injury
Evan Finegan was forced off the field after suffering a serious right leg injury. Reserve QB Kyle Vantrease was given punting duties for the rest of the game.

Efficiency
The Bulls still have a lot to take away from the game. Against a much better opposition, they controlled the first half, managing 46 plays and restricting Penn State to just 20 plays.

QB Matt Myers had one touchdown pass late in the second quarter, taking his season stats to 314 yards and three touchdowns. Alex McNulty kicked a couple of field goals for the Bulls.

Flames blown away by Louisiana-Lafayette

Form
The Liberty Flames just haven’t had any defensive answers so far this season. Yes, it has been just two games, but the signs are not very promising. In two losses to date, they have conceded 59 points and scored 14. In their previous game, the Flames were comfortably handled, 35-14, by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.

Last game
Stephen Calvert began the game with a 12-yard TD pass that put Liberty on their way, but they weren’t able to sustain any kind of defensive pressure thereafter. Calvert finished with 21 of 37 for 212 yards. Frankie Hickson had 133 yards on 18 carries.

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Outlook
Not great. The Flames need to pick up their defense to stand any chance in their next few games. They managed two touchdowns in their previous game, one a TD pass by Calvert, the other a TD run by Hickson. But they might need a lot more than that.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Bulls will take a lot away from their previous game against Penn State. They had a lead at halftime, and even though the second half was a blowout, there are still promising signs offensively. The Flames, on the other hand, even with coach Freeze present, had no answers. The Bulls will start fast offensively against a weak defensive unit, and breeze through.

Prediction: Buffalo Bulls -4.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

While the offense for Liberty is starting to find their fluency, the defense is a dire story. The Bulls pass game, led by QB Myers, is strong. Their running game against the Liberty defense shouldn’t face too many hurdles. Expect several touchdowns in this game for Bulls. The Flames will try to keep in touch with their offense, led by Calvert and Hickson, and that should be enough to take the total over 58 points.

Prediction: Over 58

Nikhil Kalro

Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.

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