One of the best bowl matchups of the year is set for Saturday, December 26, 2020, when the Liberty Flames (9-1) face the #12 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-0) in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Coastal won the Sun Belt – East but were declared co-champions after their conference championship game was called off due to COVID concerns. Liberty is one of three strong Independent schools. This game will air live on ESPN at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Through 10 games, the Liberty offense is averaging 38.3 points per game and 483.5 yards per game, 231.4 through the air and 252.1 on the ground. QB Malik Willis leads the team with 807 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and DJ Stubbs has a team high 33 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Flames are allowing just 19.2 points and 301.2 yards, 171.6 passing and 129.6 rushing.
The Coastal Carolina offense, through 11 games, is averaging 37.5 points per game and 446.8 yards per game, 223.6 through the air and 223.2 on the ground. CJ Marble leads the team with 844 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, and Jaivon Heiligh has a team high 52 receptions for 820 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, the Chanticleers are allowing just 18.7 points and 340.7 yards, 202.8 passing and 137.9 rushing.
Liberty Flames vs #12 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (-6.5): O/U 59.5 (-109/-112)
Last time out, on November 27th, Liberty ended their regular season with a 45-0 home drubbing of the UMass Minutemen. This game was over before it started, and UMass is probably lucky it was only 45-0. Malik Willis went 16/24 for 223 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and added 63 yards on the ground. The Flames ran the ball 44 times for 378 yards, an 8.6 average, and three touchdowns. Defensively, Liberty allowed 227 total yards and forced two UMass turnovers, one interception and one lost fumble.
Coastal Carolina finished off a perfect regular season with a surprisingly tough 42-38 road win over Troy. It looked like Coastal was going to run away with this game, as they led 14-0 very quickly, but Tory kept fighting and took the lead with just 1:20 remiaing in the game. Coastal drove right down the field to score the game winning touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining. Grayson McCall went 24/29 for 338 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, and added an additional touchdown on the ground. CJ Marble rushed the ball 20 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in three balls for 47 yards and an additional touchdown. Jaivon Heiligh hauled in 11 balls for 138 yards and two touchdowns on the day, including the game winning touchdown. Defensively, the Chanticleers allowed 443 total yards and forced three Troy turnovers, two interceptions and one lost fumble. Watch Now
Series History: These teams last met in 2016 when Coastal Carolina evened up the all-time series at seven wins a piece with a 42-7 win.
CFB Predictions: I like Liberty +6.5 to cover int his one and, potentially, get the win
2020 CFB Picks Results: 61-37