The Kansas State Wildcats (8-4) head to Memphis, Tennessee at the end of December to face the Navy Midshipmen (10-2) in the 2019 Liberty Bowl. Kickoff is set for 3:45 PM EST on December 31st at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Navy is currently listed as a 2.5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 52 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Liberty Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Navy vs Kansas State
Kansas State won two consecutive games to close out the regular season 8-4 overall. The Wildcats really played well against Iowa State their last time out, beating the Cyclones 27-17 after scoring ten unanswered points over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Skylar Thompson didn’t have to do much through the air, going just 5/12 for 57 passing yards. RB Jordan Brown led the way on the ground, racking up 91 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. As a whole, Kansas State averaged 30 points and close to 400 total yards of offense through their first 12 outings.
The Wildcats were very solid on the other side of the ball this year, giving up just over 20 points and 350 total yards of offense per game. Kansas State really did a great job defending against the pass, allowing an average of only 212 yards through the air on a weekly basis.
Navy reeled off three straight victories down the stretch, beating SMU, Houston, and Army over the final three weeks of the season to finish 10-2 overall. The Midshipmen were fantastic in their battle against the Black Knights, scoring 21 unanswered points en route to a double-digit win. Malcolm Perry torched the defense on the ground, racking up 304 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 29 carries. Overall, Navy averaged 39 points and over 450 total yards of offense during the regular season.
The Midshipmen also played well defensively this year, limiting their opponents to 23 points and under 350 total yards of offense per game. Navy was especially strong defending against the run, surrendering under 115 rushing yards per outing.
2019 Liberty Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 52
I really don’t have a strong lean either way against the spread, as this game could easily go either way. While Navy won two more games outright during the regular season, Kansas State definitely had a tougher schedule. Both schools also had identical records against the spread this year, going 9-3 ATS overall. Therefore, the only play I’m really considering from the 2019 Liberty Bowl is the OVER on 52 total points scored in a matchup that could see plenty of big plays on the ground.
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The Midshipmen have certainly been involved in their fair share of high-scoring battles away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this year, as the total has now gone OVER in five out of their last six games either on the road or at a neutral site. The OVER has also come through in seven out of their last ten games overall as well. On the other side, Kansas State has scored at least four touchdowns in four out of their last five games overall. I’ll avoid throwing darts against an efficient spread in favor of the OVER on 52 total points scored in the 2019 Liberty Bowl.