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#158 BYU -17
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:30pm EST
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Liberty Flames vs. BYU Cougars

Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT

When: Saturday, November 9, 7:30 PM. ET.

The BYU Cougars will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Liberty Flames on Saturday night.

Flames Going For Seventh Win In Eight Games

The Flames managed to bounce back from their loss to Rutgers with a win over UMass in their last game, giving them their sixth win in their last seven games. They will be trying to pick up their second win in a row and seventh win in their last eight games when they play the Cougars on Saturday.

Liberty has played well offensively, averaging 38 points per game. They are one of the top passing teams in the country and are putting up 300.1 passing yards per game. They will be able to move the ball through the air when they face the Cougars, but they will need to avoid making costly mistakes if they want to get the win.

The Flames are led by Stephen Calvert, who has thrown for 2,638 yards, 20 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He threw for 474 yards and three touchdowns in their last game and will need another big game to lead his team to a win over the Cougars.

Liberty’s defense has been solid for most of the season with the team holding opponents to 26.1 points per game. However, they have given up 36.3 points per game in their last three games and won’t be able to beat BYU if they do not play better on the defensive end.

Cougars Going For Fifth Win In Eight Games

The Cougars have won two consecutive games after snapping their three-game losing streak and are now two wins away from becoming bowl eligible this season. They will be trying to pick up their third win in a row and fifth win in their last eight games when they face the Flames.

BYU hasn’t played well on the defensive end for most of the season, with the team holding opponents to 27.8 points per game. They played better in their last two games, giving up 19.5 points per game and will need to keep playing with the same intensity if they want to pick up another win on Saturday.

Offensively, the Cougars are averaging 25.8 points per game. They have done a good job throwing the ball and are averaging 278.8 passing yards per game.

Zach Wilson leads the team with 1,312 passing yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions. He has missed the team’s last three games with an injury but is expected to be their starter on Saturday night.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Flames have played well this season, but they haven’t beaten any major programs failed to pick up wins over Syracuse and Rutgers, two struggling Power 5 teams. They will struggle once again against the Cougars because they do not defend well against the pass and will not be able to keep the Cougars, who are averaging 278.8 passing yards per game, from picking apart their secondary. Even though the Flames have put up solid numbers across the board offensively, and are averaging 38 points per game, their numbers are largely inflated by the weak teams they have faced so far and they won’t be able to put up those types of numbers against the Cougars, which is why BYU is the best bet here.

Prediction: BYU Cougars -17

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Cougars are averaging 25.8 points per game and will score at least 30 points against the Flames, who have given up over 40 points in two of their last three games. The Flames are averaging 38 points per game and they will score close to 30 points on the Cougars, which will take the score over the game total on Saturday.

Prediction: Over 58.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Flames will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have played well in the first half of their last three games and will keep the score close. Liberty is averaging 26.7 points per game in the first half of its last three games while BYU is averaging 14.7 points per game.

Prediction: Liberty Flames +9.5

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The Flames and Cougars are averaging 41.4 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 30
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.