Liberty 2018 Betting Preview: Flames Should Make Smooth FBS Transition
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Liberty 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: N/A
- Win Total: N/A
Liberty 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 3.8
Bet To Watch
Sadly, there’s no bet to watch, because sportsbooks aren’t listing futures or a win total for Liberty in its first year as an FBS team.
But the crazy thing is I have Liberty rated better than eight existing FBS teams. That is sad for those eight teams, since Liberty has finished with a 6-5 record in FCS play each of the last two years.
There are some things for the Flames to look forward to, as they rank seventh overall in returning production. This is an experienced group prepared to play a schedule tailor-made for a first-year FBS team. This squad even beat Baylor in 2017.
Turner Gill returns to FBS as Liberty’s coach. Gill had unsuccessful runs at Buffalo and Kansas before taking the Flames position in 2012. The schedule sets up nicely, including a home and home against New Mexico State. As odd as that is in college football, those two teams will play and home and home in 2019, also.
Liberty should be favored against Norfolk State and Idaho State, while coin flips to Old Dominion and New Mexico State (at home) could get the Flames off to hot FBS start.
But the November schedule will be rough with back-to-back-to-back trips ending with Auburn. No conference title or post season bowl is in play for 2018, but expect Liberty to be competitive weekly.