The West Virginia Mountaineers, who finished sixth in the Big 12, recorded a 4-4 conference mark. Their overall record was 5-4. The FBS Independent Army Black Knights, who were 8-0 at home, finished the season at 9-2. The Mountaineers finished the season by going 2-3 for their last five games. That included a 42-6 loss in their final regular-season game to #9 ISU. Army won four of their last five contests. The finished the season on a three-game winning streak that included victories over Navy and Air Force.
The Black Knights are the underdogs at +10.0 (-105), while the Mountaineers are the favorite at -9.5 (-120). The total for this game comes in at 41.0 (-114) for the under with the over bet being 39.5 (-120).
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played on Thursday, December 31. The kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm ET with the game being played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN. The weather is predicted to be cloudy with a temperature of 41-degrees. Probability of precipitation is 59% and winds will be 13 MPH from the NE.
West Virginia vs Army Pick 2020 – Statistics
AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Offense and Defense
The Mountaineers have a fine offense that effectively utilizes air and ground attacks. Their defense is good. However, they’ll have their hands full with the Army ground attack. It is unrelenting. Plus, the Black Knights triple-option is tough to defend against. Army will utilize its staunch defense in this contest.
Mountaineers and Black Knights – Offenses
Of note, the triple-option Army offense is run by QBs Tyhier Tyler (502 YDs) and Christian Anderson (401 YDs). Tyler has scored two rushing touchdowns and Anderson four. RB Sandon McCoy is the leading scorer for the Black Knights. Going into this game, he has scored 10 touchdowns.
West Virginia vs Army Pick 2020 – Defenses
The Black Knights have 13 interceptions, 27 PD, and 15 sacks. Impressively, Army defenders have scored twice off interceptions. Also, they’ve forced seven fumbles, recovering five. DBs Jabari Moore (3 INT, 1 PD) and Marquel Broughton (2 INTs, 3 PD) are top secondary players. Additionally, LBs Jon Rhattigan (33 TCKs, 78 TOT, 1.5 SCKs, 2 INTs, 2 FR) and Arik Smith (28 TCKs, 71 TOT, 3.5 SCKs, 1 INT) are game-changers.
West Virginia vs Army Pick 2020 – Final Word
Our West Virginia vs Army pick 2020 finds that the Black Knight defense will be a major factor in this game. Plus, the Black Knight rush attack will likely wear down the WVU defense. Thus, we’re taking Army at +10. Also, we are selecting the over at 39.5.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl 2020 – Summary
Point Spread – Army Black Knights at +10.0 (-105)
Totals – Over 39.5 (-120)