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How and what to watch for No. 25 Liberty vs. Virginia Tech

This is the toughest task undefeated Liberty has faced all season.

Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis scores on a touchdown run in the first half during a game against Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The undefeated and ranked #25 Liberty Flames look to remain perfect this week as the head to Blacksburg to take on the 4-2 Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon.

Liberty has been a bit of a surprise in 2020, but this will be their biggest challenge by a large margin. The only Power 5 squad the Flames have defeated is the Syracuse Orange, one of the worst teams in the nation. Liberty is averaging 38 points per game, and they also don’t give up a ton either, allowing more than 30 points just twice this season. The ground game for the Flames is their best path forward, with running back Malik Willis racking up close to 500 yards and six scores through six weeks. Defensively they like to take the ball away too, with eight total turnovers. That will be key against a VT offense that has six turnovers on the season.

The Hokies have a top-20 scoring offense averaging 38 points per game as well, but it came against a much better schedule . The team’s ground offense has been fantastic, with close to 2,000 yards on the season and 6.4 yards per carry and 20 touchdowns. The defense struggles a bit more in terms of points allowed, but they take the ball away a whole lot. Through six games they’ve forced 11 turnovers, eight of which were interceptions.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Liberty vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday, November 7 at 12 p.m. ET on ACCN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Liberty vs Virginia Tech (-16.5)
Point Total: 68
Money line: Liberty (+460), Virginia Tech (-835)

  • Liberty is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games
  • The total has gone over in nine of Liberty’s last 13 games
  • The total has gone over in six of VT’s last eight games
  • VT is 12-6 straight up in its last 18

Betting splits

Liberty: (63% of handle, 69% percent of bets)
Virginia Tech: (37% of handle, 31% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The best bet here is the point total. The average points pre game for both of these teams is high, but it’ll be hard for Liberty to score on VT’s defense than it has been for any other defense they’ve seen this season.

Pick: Under 68

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