LendingTree Bowl 2021

LendingTree Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty

Two teams that are asking if you could spare them some change.

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)

Time: Dec. 18, 5:45 p.m. on ESPN

Teams: Eastern Michigan (7–5) versus Liberty (7–5)

Line: Liberty -9.5


On one hand, you have a team at 7-5.

On the other hand, you have another team at 7-5.

One team: Hey that's not so bad.

The other, it was a sign of a late-season implosion!

Liberty's squad concluded its season with 3 double-digit losses, while Eastern Michigan has been a little hotter than that (winning 3 out of their last 5).

Liberty has made two bowls the last two years and won both. Eastern has gone 0-3 in the last three bowl games it has attended.

Something's gotta give.

Or in this case, lend.

Our Pick

Malik Willis, Liberty star QB, will be the maker and/or breaker of the fate for the Flames. His performances in the last aforementioned 3 games of the season — 6 INTS to 3 TDs — need to get out of his head. We see Liberty winning this one, but I don't know if they've got the oomph to cover 9.5 points.

The Score: Liberty, 28-24.

The Actual Score: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20


Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.