Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-4) at Liberty Flames (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Williams Stadium)
The Line: Liberty Flames -21 -- Over/Under: 60 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and Liberty Flames meet Saturday in week 6 college football action at Williams Stadium.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks need a victory here to prevent their first 0-5 start to the season since 2003. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks have lost four straight road games. Colby Suits is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,043 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Suits has six touchdown passes on his last 172 pass attempts. Josh Pederson and Jahquan Bloomfield have combined for 347 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jevin Frett has 10 receptions. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks ground game is averaging 50.7 yards per contest, and Josh Johnson leads the way with 148 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is allowing 35.3 points and 436.8 yards per game. Traveion Webster leads the Warhawks with 33 tackles, Kenderick Marbles has one sack and Keilos Swinney has three pass deflections.
The Liberty Flames look for a win and their first 4-0 start to a season since 2008. The Liberty Flames have won seven straight home games. Malik Willis is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 418 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Willis and Chris Ferguson have combined for five touchdown passes this season. DJ Stubbs and Kevin Shaa have combined for 290 receiving yards and two touchdowns while CJ Yarbrough has four receptions. The Liberty Flames ground game is averaging 274.3 yards per contest, and Joshua Mack leads the way with 337 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Liberty is allowing 21.7 points and 280.7 yards per game. Anthony Butler leads the Liberty Flames with 21 tackles, Durrell Johnson has four sacks and Emanuel Dabney has two pass deflections.
The Warhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Flames are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. S-Belt, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Warhawks last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Flames last 5 games overall.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks may be winless on the season, but they've gotten good quarterback play this season and are coming off their best showing of the year where they took Georgia Southern down to the wire. Louisiana Monroe feels like a team that's slowly turning toward the right direction. The Liberty Flames are undefeated, but two of their three wins were decided by one possession and this will be just the fifth time they've been favored of 17 or more points. It's just weird seeing Liberty get all this love from oddsmakers, and I'm not sure I'm ready to lay these monster numbers just yet.
Louisiana Monroe is showing progress from game to game. I'll take the three touchdowns if forced to pick this contest.