Navy vs. Kansas State: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, Liberty Bowl kickoff time, odds, predictions
Coming off their big Army-Navy Game win, the Midshipmen meet the Wildcats in Memphis
If you're a college football fan who enjoys strong rushing attacks with your entertainment, then the Liberty Bowl on Tuesday between No. 23 Navy and Kansas State is the game for you! The Liberty Bowl will feature two run-heavy teams as the Midshipmen look to cap off their bounce-back season in 2019 with a bowl win while the Wildcats will aim to give first-year coach Chris Klieman a bowl victory to send him into his second string strong.
So it's a matchup of two similar styles, but it's not a matchup we've ever seen before. This is the first time these two programs have ever met. Both have been to the Liberty Bowl once before, however, with Kansas State last playing in the game following the 2015 season. For Navy, it's been a much longer absence as its lone Liberty Bowl appearance came during the 1981 season.
Navy: The 2019 season has been an excellent bounce back year for Navy. The Midshipmen went 20-7 during their first two seasons in the AAC but dropped to 10-16 the last two seasons. Last year they went 3-10, and now they've essentially flipped that record around as they enter this game at 10-2. The reason? That would be quarterback Malcolm Perry, who set a bunch of Navy records this season and is a big play waiting to happen on every snap. As Perry goes, so goes Navy.
Kansas State: There were questions about Kansas State coming into the season following Bill Snyder's (second) retirement and Chris Klieman taking the program over. Well, early indications are that Kansas State remains in good hands. The Wildcats went 8-4 this season and pulled off a major upset over No. 4 Oklahoma. They even reached as high as No. 20 in the AP Top 25 after not being ranked at all in 2018. It's been a successful season for the Wildcats no matter the result in the Liberty Bowl, but they'd like to pick up a ninth win for the first time since 2016.
Event: Liberty Bowl
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 31 | Time: 3:45 p.m. ET
Location: Liberty Bowl -- Memphis, Tennessee
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Liberty Bowl prediction, picks
While they run different offensive systems, these two teams are similar, and I expect that to result in a lower-scoring, close game. With both teams running so often it will limit the overall number of possessions, and that means points will be at a premium. In other words, this is basically a coin flip game. Both teams can win it, and when that's the case, it's hard to pass up any points. Pick: Kansas State (+2.5)
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