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Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan Odds, Date: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 LendingTree Bowl

Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan Odds, Date: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 LendingTree Bowl article feature image

G Fiume/Getty Images. Pictured: Malik Willis (7) of the Liberty Flames.

Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan Odds

Liberty Odds-8.5
Eastern Michigan Odds+8.5
DateDec. 18
LocationLadd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama

Liberty is set to take on Eastern Michigan in the LendingTree Bowl on Dec. 18 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Find our expert’s projected odds, a recap of each team’s seasons, plus more information on the LendingTree Bowl below.

Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan Projected Odds

Liberty Spread-8
Eastern Michigan Spread+8

These Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan projections are based on Collin Wilson’s college football power ratings, which help power our PRO Projections — they compare all of his projections to real-time college football odds in order to easily identify betting edges.

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How Liberty Reached the LendingTree Bowl

It was a tale of two seasons for Liberty, which looked remarkably better in the first half than it did in the second.

The Flames raced out to a 5-1 start straight up and against the spread, pulling off an upset win over UAB and losing to Syracuse by just three. However, Liberty dropped four of its final six games, including three by double digits. The program has covered only once since Oct. 10.

Quarterback Malik Willis also experienced peaks and valleys, recording a whopping 12 interceptions across his final seven games after recording zero over the first five.

After cashing nine of their 11 spreads a year ago, the Flames settled for a 6-6 clip in 2021.

Still, it’s the third straight bowl bid at the post for head coach Hugh Freeze. He’s 4-1 in bowls dating back to his previous stint at Ole Miss.

How Eastern Michigan Reached the LendingTree Bowl

Eastern Michigan earned it in 2021, with three of their final four games coming via upset.

Head coach Chris Creighton remains one of the most underappreciated in the country. Following a 3-21 clip across his first two seasons in Ypsilanti, he’s taken the program to a bowl game in four of the last five, full seasons.

However, he’s still without a postseason victory over his eight-year tenure.

The Eagles do the bulk of their damage through the air. They’re just outside the top-20 nationally in pass rate (54.2%), with north of 260 yards collected per game.

The offense shelled up a bit down the stretch, averaging a meager 19 points per contest the final three.

Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Liberty and Eastern Michigan match up statistically:

Liberty Offense vs. Eastern Michigan Defense
Rush Success18127
Line Yards5125
Pass Success58114
Pass Blocking**5419
Big Play58107
Finishing Drives2281
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Eastern Michigan Offense vs. Liberty Defense
Rush Success9465
Line Yards9280
Pass Success3816
Pass Blocking**5114
Big Play2957
Finishing Drives2362
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling2576
Middle 81131
SP+ Special Teams9210
Plays per Minute79100
Rush Rate57.1% (48)50.3% (94)

Data via College Football Data, FootballOutsiders, SP+, PFF and SportSource Analytics.

LendingTree Bowl Date, Time, TV, More Info

  • Date: Dec. 18
  • Time: 5:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama
  • TV Info: ESPN

The LendingTree Bowl is making its debut at Hancock Whitney Stadium in 2021, home of the South Alabama Jaguars, after being played at Ladd-Peebles.

The ACC, C-USA and WAC all had previous conference tie-ins to the LendingTree Bowl, which has also been dubbed the Mobile Alabama Bowl, the GMAC Bowl, the Bowl, the GoDaddy Bowl (literally, just minus the dot com), and most recently, the Dollar General Bowl.

The last four contests have featured double-digit scoring margins, while each of the last three MVPs were quarterbacks.

The LendingTree Bowl’s been volatile on the schedule, with a nearly-even split between pre- and post-Christmas Day matchups.

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