The Liberty Flames will travel to the Carrier Dome on Friday night to take on the Syracuse Orange in a non-conference game. The Flames are a perfect 3-0 and are coming off a 45-17 win over the Old Dominion Monarchs where junior quarterback Malik Willis went 21-of-28 for 242 yards and four touchdowns. The Orange are 2-1 this year and are coming off a 62-24 win over the Albany Great Danes. Junior quarterback Tommy DeVito was just 6-of-9 for 147 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
These programs have been very similar as they score the ball well and defend as they are currently both winning teams. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be placing our bets.
Freshman Wide Out Carries the LoadThe Liberty Flames have been doing pretty well offensively and freshman wide receiver Demario Douglas has been doing great. He has 16 catches for 185 yards (11.6 yards per catch) with a pair of touchdowns this season. Looking at their last game against Old Dominion, he had six catches for 60 yards (10 yards per reception). If he can be more involved in the offense, it will really get the ball moving.
The Liberty Flames have been defensively doing well this season as they have given up 12.3 points per game. Going against the Old Dominion Monarchs last week, they allowed 17 points on 201 yards of offense (134 passing, 67 rushing). They dominated on third down defensively as the Monarchs went just 3-of-14 during it. They also were solid against the rush as the Flames allowed 1.9 yards per carry throughout the game. If they can figure out how to take this and apply it here, it will be great here.
Young Blood Carrying the OffenseFreshman running back Sean Tucker has been leading the offensive charge for the Syracuse Orange this season as he has 51 carries for 367 yards (7.2 yards per carry) with six touchdowns on the ground while adding seven catches for 148 yards and a receiving touchdown up to this point. Looking at the last game against FCS Albany, Tucker finished with 13 carries for 132 yards (10.2 yards per rush) with four touchdowns while also catching three passes for 121 yards (40.3 yards per catch) and an additional touchdown. If he can get his touches in this game, it will be hard to stop him.
The Syracuse Orange have been one of the better defensive teams in the nation as they are allowing just 16.7 points per game. Looking at their last game against the Albany Great Danes, they gave up 24 points on 135 total yards of offense (128 passing, 7 rushing). They were able to hold the Great Danes to just 4-of-14 on third down. However, they shined by giving up just 32 rushing attempts for seven yards or 0.2 yards per rushing attempt. If they can continue to dominate defensively, they will be in a great spot.
- Syracuse: 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Syracuse: 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss