After not playing in a bowl game last year, the Kansas State Wildcats are going to be in one this 2019, as they will face the Navy Midshipmen at the Liberty Bowl. Navy also didn’t play in a bowl in 2018, but it has won four of the last five bowl games it was part of. Who wins this year’s Liberty Bowl?
Betting Preview for the Navy Midshipmen vs Kansas State Wildcats Autozone Liberty Bowl Game on December 31 2019
Where: Liberty Bowl Stadium, Memphis
When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 3:45 PM ET
Line: Navy Midshipmen (-2.5) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (+2.5) – view all 2019 NCAAF lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Navy Midshipmen (10-2 Overall/7-1 Conference)
With Navy, you have a strong idea of what you are going to see from the Midshipmen: a ton of ground attack. But even knowing that beforehand hasn’t helped much of their past opponents to slow the Midshipmen’s offense. Navy is 10th in the nation in scoring with 38.0 points per game and 21st in total offense with 452.3 total yards per contest. Whereas the NFL has Lamar Jackson, the college football domain has quarterback Malcolm Perry, who could easily be mistaken as a running back. For one, Perry is second in the FBS in rushing yards per game with 150.33 average and fourth in total rushing yards on the season with 1,804 to go along with 21 rushing touchdowns. Perry is the heart and soul of the Midshipmen and will live and die with him at the helm of their offense that was too much for the Army Black Knights in a 31-7 win on Dec. 14.
Navy is 3-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last three games.
Betting on the Kansas State Wildcats (8-4 Overall / 5-4 Conference)
After back-to-back losses to the Texas Longhorns and the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Wildcats regained their footing by scoring two consecutive victories over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones to close out the regular season. Like the Midshipmen, Kansas State relies heavily on its ability to gut opposing defense with a rushing attack that ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 189.0 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Skylar Thompson is a dual-threat quarterback, who is second on the team with 402 rushing yards on the season to go with a team-leading 10 rushing scores. Even with his ability to run, Thompson draws more from his passing prowess than Navy’s Perry. Thompson has 2,191 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, albeit, against five interceptions. The Wildcats has terrific ball security, as they have only turned the ball over 13 times this year, which includes just eight fumbles despite their propensity to run.
The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games.
The Wildcats win, 31-27.
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