Liberty Bowl Odds

After a brief one-year exodus the West Virginia Mountaineers will return to a bowl game on December 29 when they take on the Texas A&M Aggies in the Liberty Bowl.

The Mountaineers didn’t qualify for a bowl game last season, and last appeared in the postseason in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl. They lost that game 38-14 to Syracuse as a 4-point favorite and own a 1-4 ATS record in their last five bowl games.

The Aggies suited up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season and topped Duke 52-48 as 14-point chalk at the sportsbooks. That was the Aggies' third straight bowl victory, but they’re a money-losing 2-6 ATS in their last eight bowl games.

Liberty Bowl
Monday, December 29 @ 2:00pm ET
Liberty Bowl Memorial, Memphis, Tennessee

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Conference: SEC
Records: 8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS, 9-3 OU

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Conference: Big 12
Records:  7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 3-9 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
West Virginia -3.5 / 64 Points

[ Liberty Bowl Matchup Stats | West Virginia vs. Texas A&M Betting Preview ]

Liberty Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites have covered seven of the past 10 Liberty Bowls . . . West Virginia is 3-8 ATS past 11 bowl games . . . Texas A&M is 3-8 ATS past 11 bowl games . . . All seven times the Mountaineers were favored this season, the game went UNDER the total.

The Mountaineers snapped a three-game losing streak in their regular season finale with a 37-24 win over Iowa State as a 10-point favorite. West Virginia was a trendy bet for totals bettors, falling UNDER the posted total in their last eight games.

Texas A&M lost two in a row to end the regular season, falling to LSU and Missouri. The Aggies started the season strong at 5-0, but stumbled badly down the stretch with a 2-5 mark in their next seven games. They were also awful ATS with a 1-7 ATS mark in their final eight games. The Aggies were an underdog only five times this season, going 2-3 both SU and ATS.

Liberty Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

1995 Liberty Bowl Stanford 13 East Carolina 19 3 E.CAR E.CAR
1996 Liberty Bowl Syracuse 30 Houston 17 16 HOUSTO SYRACU
1997 Liberty Bowl Pittsburgh 7 Southern Miss 41 -10 S.MISS S.MISS
1998 Liberty Bowl BYU 27 Tulane 41 -7 TULANE TULANE
1999 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 17 Southern Miss 23 -6.5 COLOST S.MISS
2000 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 22 Louisville 17 1.5 COLOST COLOST
2001 Liberty Bowl BYU 10 Louisville 28 -2.5 LOUISV LOUISV
2002 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 3 TCU 17 3 TCU TCU
2003 Liberty Bowl Utah 17 Southern Miss 0 2 UTAH UTAH
2004 Liberty Bowl Boise State 40 Louisville 44 -9.5 BOISE LOUISV
2005 Liberty Bowl Tulsa 31 Fresno State 24 -7.5 TULSA TULSA
2006 Liberty Bowl Houston 36 South Carolina 44 -5 S.CARO S.CARO
2007 Liberty Bowl Central Florida 3 Mississippi State 10 3 MIS.ST MIS.ST
2008 Liberty Bowl East Carolina 19 Kentucky 25 3 KENTUC KENTUC
2009 Liberty Bowl Arkansas 20 East Carolina 17 7.5 E.CAR ARK
2010 Liberty Bowl Central Florida 10 Georgia 6 -6 UCF UCF
2011 Liberty Bowl Cincinnati 31 Vanderbilt 24 -2 CINCIN CINCIN
2012 Liberty Bowl Tulsa 31 Iowa State 17 +2.5 TULSA TULSA
2013 Liberty Bowl Mississippi State 44 Rice 7 +7 MISS ST MISS ST
2014 Liberty Bowl Texas A&M   West Virginia        

 

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On December 31 the Conference USA champion Rice Owls will be making their first appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, where they will be taking on a Mississippi State Bulldogs team that is making its fourth Liberty Bowl appearance and first since 2007 when they defeated Central Florida.

The Bulldogs are 2-1 SU in the Liberty Bowl.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Tuesday, December 31 @ 2:00pm ET
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 OU

Team: Rice Owls
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes )
Mississippi State Bulldogs -7 / 50.5 Points

[Liberty Bowl Matchup Stats | Mississippi State vs. Rice Betting Preview]

Liberty Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are just 2-7 ATS in the last nine Liberty Bowls . . . Rice has won and covered in their last two bowl game appearances . . . Mississippi State is 5-1 SU in six bowl game appearances dating back to 1999.

The 10-3 Rice Owls capped a stellar regular season with a convincing 41-24 win over Marshall to claim the Conference USA title. The Owls have won their last four SU and nine of their last 10 games. Rice posted an 8-5 record ATS, but have failed to cover in three of their last five. Since giving up 52 points to Texas A&M in their first game of the season, the Owls have allowed only 30 points in a game twice, allowing an average of just 18.7 points in each of their 10 victories this year. The 6-6 Mississippi State Bulldogs have SU wins in only two of their last five games, but are 4-0 ATS in their last four games, getting listed as underdogs in three of those games. The UNDER has been the play in six of the Bulldogs’ last seven games, with the team posting a 4-8 OU record overall. However, it is interesting to note that the Bulldogs have covered in three of their four games that played OVER.

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After going 10-3 and a lucrative 8-5 ATS during the regular season the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have been listed as favorites against the Iowa State Cyclones for their matchup in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on December 31.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes, Bovada, and BetOnline today.

Liberty Bowl
Monday, December 31 @ 3:30pm ET
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee

Team: Iowa State Cyclones
Conference: Big 12
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS, 4-7OU

Team: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 5-7 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Tulsa -2.5 / 52.5 Points

[Liberty Bowl Matchup Stats]

Liberty Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are just 1-7 ATS in past eight Liberty Bowls.

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Vanderbilt’s trip to the Liberty Bowl this season will be just the fifth bowl game in the school’s history and just the second since 1982.

For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at BetOnline today. And be mindful of the tremnd favoring the underdogs in recent Liberty Bowls (favorites just 1-6 ATS past 7 games).

Liberty Bowl
Saturday, December 31 @ 3:30pm ET
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee

Team: Cincinnati Bearcats
Conference: Big East
Records: 9-3 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, 5-7 OU

Team: Vanderbilt Commodores
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 6-6 SU, 9-3 ATS, 7-5 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Vanderbilt -2.0 / 48.5 Points

[Liberty Bowl Matchup Stats]

Cincinnati earned a share of the Big East Title at 9-3 SU and 5-2 in conference play, but with West Virginia earning the automatic BCS Bowl berth the Bearcats take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the Liberty Bowl. This is just the fifth time in Vanderbilt’s history that the school has gone bowling. [ Go bowling for free $25 BCS bowl bets at TopBet ]

Both of these teams played well on defense all season as Cincinnati finished 20th in the nation with 20 points per game against and Vanderbilt finished 27th with 20.8 points per game against. Cincinnati will be without dual-threat starting quarterback Zach Collaros, who broke his leg in the latter half of the season. Vanderbilt was a consistent force against the spread in 2011, going 9-3 ATS overall and 4-0 ATS as a favorite.

Vanderbilt’s offense was driven by junior running back Zac Stacy. Stacy finished with 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns on 183 carries.

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Central Florida grabbed a share of the Conference USA title this season, but they are nonetheless listed as 6.5-point underdogs against the 6-6 Georgia Bulldogs in the Liberty Bowl odds.

Liberty Bowl
Friday, December 31 @ 3:30pm ET
Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Team: UCF Knights
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 10-3 SU, 9-3 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 6-6 SU, 4-7 ATS, 8-3 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Georgia -6.5 / 55.5 Points

[Liberty Bowl Matchup Stats]

Freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey took over after three games for UCF and the rest is history. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,042 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions and was rewarded with the Conference USA freshman of the year award.

Godfrey was the eighth-highest rated QB in the entire FBS, and he also rushed for 546 yards with nine scores on the ground. In addition to Godfrey, the Knights have Ronnie Weaver and Latavius Murray – who combined with Godfrey for 2,178 yards and 30 TDs.

ADVERTISEMENT: Underdogs are 5-1 ATS the past 6 Liberty Bowls - if that trend continues, UCF could be the play to make and the best Liberty Bowl over under line is currently +7 at Bovada (where you get a free $25 bowl wager!)

UCF boasts the 10th-best defense in the nation, allowing just 110.4 yards per game, and at the very least should provide college football betting enthusiasts with a strong case to cover the spread, which they did a total of nine times this season. It could also lead to one of the best upset bets of the bowl season.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Bulldogs were not as good against the spread, covering in just four games. They are a team that plays tough defense, ranking 12th in the nation with 18 points allowed per game.

Aaron Murray was very strong toward the end of the regular season, helping Georgia win five of its final seven games to propel them into a bowl game. A.J. Green led the Bulldogs with 771 yards rushing with a conference-high nine TDs, despite missing four games.

The NCAAF odds for this contest may favor Georgia because they are undefeated in four consecutive postseason bowl games, while UCF is attempting to win its first title after three appearances in the last four years.

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