The Liberty Bowl will be one of, if not the, highest scoring games this bowl season as the Texas A&M Aggies and West Virginia Mountaineers go head-to-head in Memphis, Tennessee. Both teams have high-scoring, explosive offenses, as well as less-than-dependable defenses, which will lead to a long night for the score keeper.
— AutoZoneLibertyBowl (@AZOLibertyBowl) December 21, 2014
The Texas A&M Aggies started the season at 5-0 before going 2-5 to finish the season and blow their chance at the inaugural college football playoff. A similar hit the West Virginia Mountaineers, who, after a 6-2 start to the year, finished the campaign with a 1-3 mark.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Stadium: Liberty Bowl
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: West Virginia Vs Texas A&M
Point Spread: Mountaineers -3
Game Total: 64.5
Analyzing The Texas A&M Vs West Virginia Liberty Bowl Betting Odds & Predictions
Texas A&M Will Win the Liberty Bowl If
They hold the Mountaineers to 30 points or less!
If Texas A&M wants to win the 2014 Liberty Bowl, then they have a pretty simple task in front of them…hold the high-scoring West Virginia Mountaineers to 30 points or less!
Okay…actually slowing down the Mountaineers may not be quite as easy as I made it sound just a second ago, but the fact of the matter is that if the Aggies give up more than 30 points, they can almost assuredly hang it up.
Because the Mountaineers scored 30 points or less in three straight losses – and four of their five defeats this season.
Stopping West Virginia means Texas A&M needs to stop the Mountaineers’ vaunted passing attack first and foremost. West Virginia ranked ninth in passing and 11th in total offense.
Despite missing his last game, senior quarterback Clint Trickett threw for a stellar 3,285 yards to finish 17th in the nation. The good news for the Aggies is the fact that Trickett (18 TDs, 10 INTs) tossed at least one pick in each of his last three starts, including tossing a pair in two of those games.
Texas A&M will also need to focus a lot of attention on All-Big 12 wide receiver Kevin White, who set a record with seven straight 100-yard receiving games to start the season.
West Virginia Will Win the Liberty Bowl If
They can rattle freshman Kyle Allen!
In order for West Virginia to win this game, they need to rattle freshman quarterback Kyle Allen.
Allen has started the last four games in place of benched former sophomore starter Kenny Hill and the results have been mixed to say the least. After leading the Aggies to wins over Louisiana-Munroe and Auburn, Hill was under center for the Aggies’ pair of season-ending losses to Missouri and LSU.
More importantly, Hill tossed one interception in each of the four starts, though he did tossed four TD passes against Auburn and three against Mizzou. Allen cost his team a shot at upsetting LSU, but threw a costly pick late in regulation with the Aggies driving for the go-ahead score.
Will Texas A&M or West Virginia Liberty Win the Liberty Bowl?
This matchup could very well turn out to be the most exciting bowl game on the entire docket, but I believe West Virginia will ultimately come out on top and cover the spread with just a bit of room to spare.
— AutoZoneLibertyBowl (@AZOLibertyBowl) December 23, 2014
Both of these teams have been absolutely perplexing this season, as they beat some national powers – before losing to some teams they clearly shouldn’t have. Still, I like the more experienced and mature Mountaineers to pull out the SU win.
I also like the Under 64.5 Total points for this affair with West Virginia playing Under their O/U Total in a consistent seven straight games.
The Aggies are 2-11 ATS in their last13 neutral site games and 1-7 ATS in their L/8 games overall.
West Virginia is 4-1 ATS after racking up at least 200 rushing yards in their previous game.
The Under is 5-2 in the Aggies’ last seven non-conference games and 6-2 in West Virginia’s last eight non-conference games.