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Liberty Bowl game odds: Opening line for West Virginia vs. Army

We’ve got an early look at the opening odds for the Liberty Bowl game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Army Black Knights.

West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege (2) is sacked by Iowa State defensive end Will McDonald IV (9) during their football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Iowa State takes a 21-0 lead over West Virginia into halftime. Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

At last, the Army Black Knights have found themselves in a bowl game. Originally Army did not receive any invite to a bowl season despite a 9-2 record, but the Black Knights replaced the Tennessee Volunteers and will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Liberty Bowl. the game will take place on New Year’s Eve at 4 p.m. ET in Memphis, Tennessee and can be seen on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

West Virginia vs. Army

Point spread: West Virginia -7.5
Point total: 43.5

How they got here

Army is not in a conference, but it was able to pull off an 11-game schedule to finish with a 9-2 overall record. The Black Knights’ only two losses came on the road against the Cincinnati Bearcats and Tulane Green Wave.

As for West Virginia, it has less than two weeks to prepare for the triple-option offense, so we’ll see how the Mountaineers handle it. They finished 5-4 in the regular season including 4-4 in Big 12 play. West Virginia’s longest winning streak was two games, and it never lost in back-to-back games. The Mountaineers were crushed by 36 points against Iowa State in their season finale on Dec. 5.

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