NCAAF LendingTree Bowl Betting Preview: Eastern Michigan vs Liberty Analysis

NCAAF LendingTree Bowl Betting Preview: Eastern Michigan vs Liberty Analysis

On Saturday, two of the more successful college football teams this season clash in the 2021 Lending Tree Bowl. The Eastern Michigan Eagles will try to contain quarterback Malik Willis and Liberty’s high-flying offense. Will the Eagles get it done? Or will Willis end his Liberty career leading the Flames to a bowl victory? Check out College Football Bowl odds, analysis, and a free pick for Eastern Michigan versus Liberty. 

NCAAF Betting Analysis for Eastern Michigan Eagles Vs Liberty Flames

LendingTree Bowl Odds | Eastern Michigan Eagles Vs Liberty Flames

Why bet on Eastern Michigan versus Liberty?

The MAC is one of the deepest conferences in college football. Eastern Michigan more than held their own in the Midwestern Athletic Conference, going 7-5 straight up and beating Western Michigan, Toledo, and Miami-Ohio. The Eagles also have a decent rushing attack, which means there’s a chance they keep the ball from Willis and the Flames’ offense. 

Eastern Michigan Eagles Offensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 381.6
  • Passing Yards: 263.6
  • Rushing Yards: 118.0
  • Points Scored: 31.0
  • Turnovers: 5

Eastern Michigan Eagles Defensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 430.3
  • Passing Yards: 233.4
  • Rushing Yards: 196.9
  • Points Scored: 27.8
  • Takeaways: 7

Why bet on Liberty versus Eastern Michigan?

Malik Willis is one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in college football. Most believe he goes in the first round of next April’s NFL Draft. Willis has rushed for 820 yards and thrown for 2,626. Eastern Michigan’s defense is going to have a tough time containing the talented quarterback. Unless they manage to keep Willis under wraps, Malik will ensure Liberty wins and covers. 

Liberty Flames Offensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 428.1
  • Passing Yards: 251.7
  • Rushing Yards: 176.4
  • Points Scored: 31.8
  • Turnovers: 7

Liberty Flames Defensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 315.3
  • Passing Yards: 174.2
  • Rushing Yards: 141.2
  • Points Scored: 21.7
  • Takeaways: 8

Relevant Trends for Eastern Michigan Eagles versus Liberty Flames

  • Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass
  • Eastern Michigan is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in December
  • Under is 5-1 in the Eagles’ last 6 games on grass
  • Flames are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games 
  • Liberty is 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record
  • Under is 5-1 in the Flames’ lats 6 versus a team with a winning record

LendingTree Bowl Final Betting Prediction

Eastern Michigan plays hard, and some trends are in their favor, but the Eagles are going to have a heck of a time containing Willis and the Flames’ offense. 

Eastern Michigan’s defense simply isn’t good enough. Willis is one of those rare dual-threat quarterbacks who is a true dual-threat. He runs and passes the ball equally well. 

The Eagles’ allow about 197 rushing yards on average. Willis can go for 200 rushing yards in this. If Eastern Michigan cheats up to stop the QB run, the RPO quarterback will throw it at will. 

Any way we look at this game, Liberty has the edge. The Flames are the better team overall, heads to the gridiron with the much better quarterback, and should have no trouble winning the LendingTree Bowl and covering the spread.  

LendingTree Bowl Pick: Liberty Flames


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