The 2020 Cure Bowl is set for Saturday evening, with an appetizing matchup for college football fans. The Liberty Flames face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a meeting between Group of Five squads looking to cap off fantastic campaigns. Liberty is 9-1 on the season, winning the last eight games after a one-point loss to NC State. Coastal Carolina is unbeaten at 11-0, aiming to keep their spotless record intact after the Sun Belt Championship Game was canceled.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Chanticleers are seven-point favorites, up one point from the opener, in the latest Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 60. Before making any Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina picks, check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty in the Cure Bowl 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina:
- Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty spread: Coastal Carolina -7
- Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty over-under: 60 points
- Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty money line: Coastal Carolina -270, Liberty +220
- CCU: The Chanticleers are 8-2 against the spread in 2020
- LIB: The Flames have covered the spread in six straight games
Why Coastal Carolina can cover
Both teams in this matchup are known for their offensive prowess, though Coastal Carolina has the better defense on paper. The Chanticleers landed in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense, giving up only 18.7 points per game, and they created havoc consistently. Coastal Carolina finished tied for fourth nationally with 14 interceptions, and they added 33 sacks, good for a tie for sixth-best in the country.
Offensively, the Chanticleers have impressive skill position talent, headlined by running back CJ Marable and wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh. Marable rushed for 844 yards, a top-25 mark nationally, and added 12 touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry. Heiligh was a top-20 pass catcher in the country with 820 yards, averaging 15.8 yards per reception with 10 touchdown catches. With Grayson McCall as a top-tier quarterback at the helm for Jamey Chadwell's squad, Coastal Carolina should be dangerous on both sides of the ball.
Why Liberty can cover
The Flames enjoyed their best record in school history, and they are also the reigning champions of the Cure Bowl after a win last season. Quarterback Malik Willis is one of the best players in the country this season, producing 316.3 total yards per game and 30 total touchdowns. As a passer, Willis averages 8.6 yards per attempt with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. As a runner, he is also tremendous, ranking in the top 30 nationally with 807 rushing yards and generating 6.7 yards per carry.
Liberty's offense produces 483.5 yards per game, a top-tier mark, and the Flames are a top-10 rushing team with 252 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry. That production, combined with a defense allowing only 301.2 total yards and 19.2 points per game in 2020, makes Hugh Freeze's squad a threat to keep this one within the spread or even pull off the outright upset.
How to make Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, as the simulations show the teams combining for 57 points points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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