FIU Golden Panthers vs Liberty Flames prediction and game preview.
FIU vs Liberty Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 26
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Williams Stadium, Lynchburg, VA
FIU (0-0) vs Liberty (1-0) Game Preview
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Why FIU Will Win
The FIU offensive line was one of the best in Conference USA last year, and now it gets back enough starters to be good right away. The skill guys have to emerge, but they should get time to work – Liberty doesn’t have much in the way of a pass rush.
In the 30-24 win over WKU to start the season, Liberty had a hard time stopping Tyrrell Pigrome and the passing attack that was crisp enough to get back in the game. However, it’ll be the big bodies on the run defense that’s the key – it’s not going to get run over like the Hilltoppers were. However …
Why Liberty Will Win
The Flames ran wild against a WKU defense that was supposed to be solid. Auburn transfer QB Malik Willis was brilliant, running for 168 yards and three scores to go along with 100 yards from Joshua Mack. Liberty controlled the game throughout.
The Flame O held the ball for 35 minutes and ran for 354 yards. It might not get there against this FIU D, but it’s going to own the time of possession battle.
What’s Going To Happen
Forget about the Liberty passing game. It’s going to run, and run some more, but the FIU coaching staff will figure out a wrinkle to keep Willis from going off. The Golden Panther back seven will be able to tackle.
However, at home, Liberty will be stronger in the second half against a FIU offense that will sputter and cough a bit too often to keep its defense off the field.
FIU vs Liberty Prediction, Line
Liberty 34, FIU 27
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ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2.5