Liberty Flames (2-0) vs. Buffalo Bulls (0-2)
Week 3 in college football marks an exciting clash between two rival teams – Liberty Flames, who have recorded two consecutive wins, and Buffalo Bulls, who are yet to experience victory after two matches that promise an electrifying matchup at UB Stadium on September 16, 2023, with kick-off scheduled at 12:00 PM ET. For those hoping for NCAAF-winning picks, this game will be broadcast live by CBSSN.
The Liberty Flames boast two standout performers in running back Quinton Cooley and wide receiver CJ Daniels, respectively. Cooley has amassed an impressive 184 rushing yards on 36 attempts with an average of 5.1 yards per attempt (though he has yet to find the end zone). Meanwhile, Daniels has displayed his considerable play ability by amassing 146 receiving yards on 6 receptions at an impressive average of 24.3 yards per catch and his ability to stretch out plays across the field.
At Buffalo Bulls, running back Mike Washington and wide receiver Marlyn Johnson have proven themselves indispensable players. Washington has amassed 109 rushing yards on 25 carries at a 4.4 yards per carry average while crossing the goalline twice; Johnson, meanwhile has proven his worth as an effective pass catcher, collecting 11 receptions for 134 yards with two touchdowns, averaging 12.2 yards per catch.
Liberty Flames vs. Buffalo Bulls Game Info
|Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET
Kaidon Salter QB vs. Cole Snyder QB
Kaidon Salter of the Liberty Flames has become widely recognized for his impressive performance as their quarterback. Completing 26 out of 45 passes for 419 yards at a 57% completion rate with 9.3 average yards per attempt average, Salter has taken calculated risks that resulted in four touchdown passes without interceptions and achieved an excellent passer rating of 165.3.
Cole Snyder of the Buffalo Bulls boasts an impressive completion rate of 70.4% while maintaining a more conservative 6.5 yards per attempt average. Accumulating 459 passing yards and five touchdowns while recording no interceptions has contributed to an outstanding passer rating 148.
This matchup contrasts Salter’s propensity for big plays and Snyder’s more cautious approach. While Salter may enjoy higher rewards from his more daring style, his bold approach leaves him more vulnerable to defensive pressure, as evidenced by two sacks for 7 yards loss in just one game alone. On the other hand, Snyder blends conservatism with effective ball distribution that keeps opposing defenses guessing his next move; both quarterbacks have avoided interceptions thus far, which illustrates their necessary decision-making capabilities in an encounter that could turn either way.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Liberty Flames -165, Total Odds: 55
The odds favor the Liberty Flames with a spread of -3.5 at -110 odds, while the Buffalo Bulls are the underdogs with a spread of +3.5, also at -110 odds. The over-under for the game is set at 55.5.
Liberty Flames Betting Trends
Liberty has demonstrated resilience, posting an 11-5 SU record in their last 16 matchups. They have excelled against Mid-American conference opponents, boasting a 5-1 ATS record. Remarkably, Liberty has exhibited dominance in the month of September, registering a 13-2 SU record in their last 15 games played in this month. Their recent track record includes the total going UNDER in 6 of their last 9 games but OVER in 5 of their last 6 road games.
Buffalo Bulls Betting Trends
Buffalo has faced challenges lately, accumulating a 2-5 ATS and SU record in their last 7 games. Their performance at home has been subpar, with a 2-7 ATS record in their last 9 home games. Notably, the total has trended towards the OVER in 6 of Buffalo’s last 8 games but leaned towards the UNDER in 4 of their last 5 against Independents conference opponents.
Liberty Flames vs. Buffalo Bulls 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Considering Liberty’s strong track record, particularly in September, and their impressive performance against Mid-American conference opponents, it is prudent to explore the best betting websites to back them to cover the -3.5 spread. Regarding the over-under, both teams possess conflicting trends; however, given the firepower of both quarterbacks, wagering on the OVER 55.5 seems reasonable. Anticipate a high-scoring encounter, with Liberty Flames extending their winning streak to 3-0 while covering the spread and pushing the total score over.
Free Pick and Prediction: Liberty Flames will win 38-25