Memphis, Tennessee – The West Virginia Mountaineers, 5-4, face the Army Black Knights, 9-2, in the Liberty Bowl today in Memphis, Tennessee.
While Army’s record is impressive – losing only to #8 ranked Cincinnati and Tulane – they have not played great competition this season. Army Head Coach Jeff Monken is 3-0 in bowl games with the Black Knights and Neal Brown is 3-0 in his career in bowl games as a head coach at Troy.
Here’s how our experts think today’s game will play out:
Clark Johnson, Football Analyst, The Voice of Motown (7-2 on the season): WVU will get rolled in this one. On to 2021.
ARMY 33 WVU 7
Blain Smith, Host, The Porch Sessions Podcast and Live Show on The Voice of Motown (6-3 on the season): WVU will have to match the tremendous motivation Army will certainly bring to the Liberty Bowl. BUT all signs out of Morgantown seem to be showing that Neal Brown has done the job of selling the Mountaineers on the pretty cool opportunity ahead of them today in Memphis.
Leddie Brown is NOTHING like any back Army has seen this year and it will show as the Mountaineers use big, explosive plays in the passing game early to take a quick lead they will not relinquish before pulling an Army by melting the clock away.
WVU 30 ARMY 13
Brad Smith, Senior Writer/Owner, The Voice of Motown (3-6 on the season): Really, really interesting, exciting matchup for the Mountaineers today that could go a couple of ways. If West Virginia doesn’t make a lot of mistakes/turnovers, their overwhelming physical and athletic ability should absolutely dominate a far less-talented Army team.
Having said that, the Mountaineers have shot themselves in the foot countless times this season and there’s really no reason to think today will be any different.
Still, I like West Virginia today big today. Army lost to a 6-6 Tulane last month by a score of 38-12. They really haven’t played anyone else and the Mountaineers should be able to use their superior talent and athleticism to run away from Army today.
WVU 42 ARMY 14