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Liberty vs. Buffalo - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Bulls at Liberty
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Williams Stadium
Lynchburg, VA
The Line
Buffalo -4
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Liberty Flames meet in a week 3 college football matchup from Williams Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Buffalo Bulls will look to rebound from their first loss of the season, falling to Penn State by a final score of 45-13 in their last outing. Matt Myers has thrown for 314 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 21 of 41 passing, god for a 51.2% completion percentage. Jaret Patterson leads the Bulls in rushing with 161 yards and a touchdown while Kevin Marks has 139 rushing yards. Antonio Nunn leads Buffalo with 5 receptions for 113 yards while Zac Lefebvre has 76 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, Joey Banks leads the Bulls with 13 tackles and a pair of sacks. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 391.5 yards of total offense and 25.5 points per game this season.

The Liberty Flames will be on the hunt for their first win of the season after dropping to 0-2 with a 35-14 to Louisiana in their last outing. Stephen Calvert has thrown for 446 yards, a touchdown and 3 interceptions on 41 of 76 passing, good for a 53.9% completion percentage. Frankie Hickson leads Liberty in rushing with 162 rushing yards while Antonio Gandy-Golden leads Liberty with 12 catches for 189 yards this season. Defensively, Jessie Lemonier leads Liberty with 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks this season. As a team, Liberty is averaging 297.5 yards of total offense and 14 points per game this season.

Buffalo is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 road games. Liberty is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 17-6 ATS in their last 23 non-conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.

Points with Liberty at home are tempting, but this just doesn’t feel like the same Liberty team from last season that hung around offensively with some of the better teams in the country. Buffalo’s had their issues, but they’re going from a tough road environment like Penn State to a much more forgiving one at Liberty and I just think that Buffalo is capable of winning this one by a touchdown, so I’ll lay the points with the Bulls in this one.

Pick:
Buffalo -4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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