Through 3 Quarters

The Liberty Flames are on the board, but we're still waiting on the Massachusetts Minutemen to respond. Three quarters in and Liberty's offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating UMass 45 to nothing three quarters in.

QB Malik Willis has led the way so far for the Flames, as he has passed for three TDs and 223 yards on 24 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 63 yards. Willis has put himself on the highlight reel with a 54-yard TD scramble in the third quarter.

The Minutemen have been riding high on the performance of WR Samuel Emilus, who has caught four passes for 82 yards.

Liberty's lead is the biggest they have had this year going into the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

Massachusetts @ Liberty

Current Records: Massachusetts 0-3; Liberty 8-1

What to Know

The Liberty Flames and the Massachusetts Minutemen will face off in an FBS Independents clash at noon ET Nov. 27 at Williams Stadium. The Flames strut in flaunting some offensive muscle with an average of 37.56 points per game.

Liberty was hampered by 84 penalty yards against the NC State Wolfpack last week. Liberty lost 15-14 to NC State. No one had a standout game offensively for Liberty, but they got scores from WR Noah Frith and TE Jerome Jackson.

Meanwhile, UMass was expected to have a tough go of it last Friday, and, well, they did. They ended up on the wrong side of a painful 24-2 walloping at the Florida Atlantic Owls' hands. QB Will Koch had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he threw one interception with only 67 yards passing.

The Flames are the favorite in this one, with an expected 37.5-point (!) margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a four-game streak of ATS wins.

Liberty was completely in charge when the two teams previously met in November of last year, breezing past the Minutemen 63-21 on the road. Will Liberty repeat their success, or does UMass have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Williams Stadium -- Lynchburg, Virginia
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The Flames are a big 37.5-point favorite against the Minutemen, according to the latest college football odds.

Bettors have moved against the Flames slightly, as the game opened with the Flames as a 39.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -105

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Series History

Liberty and Massachusetts both have one win in their last two games.

  • Nov 02, 2019 - Liberty 63 vs. Massachusetts 21
  • Nov 03, 2018 - Massachusetts 62 vs. Liberty 59