2019 Liberty Bowl Best Bets and Picks Kansas State vs. Navy

Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen Best Odds and Picks
  • by Cooper Mayer
  • December 30th, 2019
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The best sportsbooks favor the Navy Midshipmen by 2.5 points over the Kansas State Wildcats, as the spread goes for the 2019 Liberty Bowl on December 31, with kickoff scheduled for 3:45 p.m. EST at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kansas State vs. Navy Midshipmen 2019 Liberty Bowl Odds by MyBookie.ag

Kansas State +2½ (-105) 52½ (-110) +117
Navy -2½ (-115) 52½ (-110) -137
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Betting Kansas State Wildcats

This will be the Wildcats’ second Liberty Bowl. The 2015 team played in the 2016 Liberty Bowl and lost to Arkansas, 45-23. KSU improved from 5-7 in their previous season to 8-4, including giving No. 4 Oklahoma its single loss of the regular season. Kansas State also went 9-3 ATS, according to the best online sportsbooks. The Wildcats are coached by Chris Klieman, who came to KSU after leading North Dakota State to four FCS championships. Kansas State finished the regular season ranked second in the Big 12, allowing only 21.5 points per game (26th in the country). Additionally, the Wildcats had the 43rd-best passing defense (211. 7 yards allowed per game). Jordan Brown led the offense with 698 yards in only 10 games. KSU averaged 189 rushing yards per game (38th).

Per the best sportsbooks, the Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in December. 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games. And 4-0 ATS playing a team with a winning record.

“I want it real bad,” senior receiver Dalton Schoen said. “I think all the seniors really do, just for us to have one more win for each other and our new coaches would be the perfect way to end my career here.” Freshman receiver Joshua Youngblood added that “It’s a great opportunity. We are in a great city and a great bowl playing a great opponent. We couldn’t ask for more.”

Betting Navy Midshipmen

This will be the Midshipmen second Liberty Bowl. The 1981 team played in the 1981 Liberty Bowl and lost to Ohio State, 31-28. The Midshipmen improved from 3-10 in their previous season to 10-2 during the regular season, including a December 14 win in the Army-Navy Game. The program’s two losses were to Notre Dame and Memphis. They also finished 9-3 ATS, according to the best sportsbooks. Navy averages 360.82 yards rushing per game, making it the best rushing offense in the country.

Starting QB Malcolm Perry is 196 yards away from hitting 2,000. He has rushed for 1,805 yards and 21 touchdowns. When he connected on his 43 completions this year, he averaged 13 yards per pass.

The Midshipmen are 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite. 4-0 ATS in their last four Bowl games as a favorite. And 5-0 ATS in their last five bowl games.

“We are all very excited,” linebacker Diego Fagot said. “This is a historic game and I know the team is very excited to be playing a Big 12 team like Kansas State. The American Athletic Conference isn’t very respected for some reason, so when we have a chance to play a Power 5 team it’s very exciting. I look forward to it, for sure.”

Kansas State vs. Navy Midshipmen 2019 Liberty Bowl Pick

The Liberty Bowl will feature the Navy Midshipmen of the American Athletic Conference going up against the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference. This will be the first time that the two programs have played each other. Navy ranks third in the country in red-zone scoring offense, (82.6%) clip. Meanwhile, Kansas State is last at red zone defense, allowing teams to score 96.8% of the time. Based on that, I think you should take Navy and the points.