LIberty vs Middle Tennessee Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/17
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- Oct 16, 2023, 6:08:29 PM
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Liberty Set to Dominate Middle Tennessee in Conference-USA Clash
In an upcoming Conference-USA showdown on Tuesday, October 17, the struggling Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-5, 1-2 conference) will face off against the dominant Liberty Flames (6-0, 4-0 conference) at 7 P.M. EST. The game takes place at Liberty's home ground, and all signs point to an exciting matchup.
Middle Tennessee's Recent Form
Middle Tennessee has had its fair share of challenges this season, with a 2-5 overall record and a 1-2 conference record. However, they managed to snap a three-game losing streak with a convincing 31-23 win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, October 10.
During that game, Middle Tennessee showed resilience and determination. Quarterback Nicholas Vattiato was instrumental, throwing for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The balanced offense also saw Jaiden Credle rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown.
While their defense has struggled this season, they managed to find their footing against Louisiana Tech. Sam Brumfield leads the team in tackles with 54 and 2.5 sacks, while Tra Fluellen has two interceptions. Middle Tennessee's offense averages 22.1 points per game, ranking 108th, with 267 passing yards per game (40th) and 123 rushing yards per game (104th). Their defense allows 32 points per game (114th), 135.6 rushing yards per game (65th), and 163 passing yards per game (111st).
Middle Tennessee has a mixed record against the spread this season, going 2-5 overall, 1-1 as double-digit underdogs, and 1-2 as underdogs. The total is 3-3-1 this season, with the under going 2-1 in road games and the over going 3-2 in games with totals set at 53.5 points or less.
Liberty's Unstoppable Momentum
Liberty enters the game as a dominant force in the Conference-USA, boasting a flawless 6-0 record and a perfect 4-0 conference record. They are one of just 11 undefeated teams in college football and one of three from the Group of Five.
In their latest outing on Tuesday, October 10, Liberty faced Jacksonville State and secured a 31-13 victory. Despite a slow start, the Flames rallied in the second half, outscoring their opponents 21-3. The running game was particularly impressive, with 245 rushing yards. Running back Quinton Cooley rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, averaging six yards per carry and just under 100 yards per game. Quarterback Kaidon Salter showcased his dual-threat abilities, averaging 225 passing yards per game and rushing for 5 yards per carry. Salter has contributed to 20 total touchdowns this season.
Liberty's defense is formidable, led by Tyren Dupree with 53 total tackles and CJ Bazile Jr. with 2.5 sacks. The standout feature of their defense is their knack for creating turnovers, with safety Brylan Green leading the team with four interceptions.
Offensively, Liberty averages 35.3 points per game (25th) and is the second-best rushing team in the nation with 253.5 yards per contest. They also pass for 225 yards per game (78th). Defensively, the Flames allow just 17.2 points per game (19th) and lead the nation in takeaways with 13 turnovers. They give up 121 rushing yards (37th) and 195 passing yards (28th) per game.
Liberty has excelled against the spread this season, going 5-1 overall and 2-1 as double-digit favorites. The under is 4-2 in their games, including 2-1 in home games, and 2-1 when the total is set at 53.5 points.
As the two teams prepare to clash, it's evident that Liberty holds a significant advantage. With their impressive offensive and defensive performance this season, Liberty is poised to dominate Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee's struggles on both sides of the ball and their weak road record make them vulnerable to Liberty's relentless attack.
The prediction is clear: Liberty will secure a convincing victory and cover the -14.5 points spread. With their overall superior performance and impeccable form, the Flames are the team to watch in this Conference-USA matchup.
Pick: Liberty -14.5