Where: Williams Stadium, Lynchburg, VA
When: Saturday, September 14, 6:00 PM. ET.
The Liberty Lames will be trying to pick up their first win of the season when they host the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday night.
Bulls Trying To Rebound From First Loss Of The Year
The Bulls were unable to match last season’s 4-0 start after losing to the Penn State Nittany Lions in their last game. Despite the loss, the Bulls will be confident going into this game against a Liberty team that is still looking for its first win of the season.
— UB Football (@UBFootball) September 8, 2019
Buffalo will keep things on the ground in this game because they are playing a team that has struggled to slow down the run and gave up 407 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last week. The Bulls, who have the 29th ranked rushing attack in the country will keep the ball in Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks hands for most of this game.
Buffalo’s defense played well against Penn State in the first half, holding the Nittany Lions to seven points. However, they were unable to sustain their solid play and gave up 28 points in the third quarter. They will need to avoid another second-half letdown in this game if they do not want to be Liberty’s first victim this year.
Flames Need To Play Better Against The Run
The Flames have had some problems in their first two games of the season, but the biggest one they have is their inability to stop the run. The team struggled in its first game against Syracuse, giving up 192 rushing yards to the Orange. Things got worse in their last game with the team giving up 407 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. With the Bulls averaging 234.5 rushing yards per game, the Flames will have to figure out a way to slow them down if they do not want to be run out of their own stadium.
— Liberty Football (@LibertyFootball) September 9, 2019
Other than their struggles against the run, Liberty played better on the offensive end than they did in their previous game. Quarterback Stephen Calvert completed 21 of 37 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while Frankie Hickson added 133 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
If Liberty’s offense plays well against the Bulls, they should be able to put up some points on a team that is giving up 27.5 points per game.
- 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in September.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on Fieldturf.