Rain falls at LaVell Edwards Stadium about an hour before Brigham Young University faces Boise State in NCAA football in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Rain falls at LaVell Edwards Stadium about an hour before Brigham Young University faces Boise State in NCAA football in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. | Ravell Call, Deseret News

Liberty (6-3) at BYU (4-4)

Kickoff: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. MDT

Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,725)

Surface: Natural grass

TV/livestream: ESPNU

Radio: KSL 1160AM/102.7 FM

Tickets: BYUTickets.com

Parking: Parking Map

Transit: UTA info

Series: First meeting.

Weather: Clear skies and temperatures in the low 50s at kickoff.

THE STAKES

For Liberty … The Flames, who are in their second full season at the FBS level and first season of full eligibility for bowl games, are looking for a big road upset. Liberty needs one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

For BYU … The Cougars are looking to win their third consecutive game after impressive performances against Boise State and Utah State.

THE TRENDS

For Liberty … The Flames are coming off a 63-point performance last week against UMass.

For BYU … For the Cougars, this game marks the first time this season that they won’t be playing a nationally ranked opponent at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Previously, BYU played No. 14 Utah, No. 24 USC and No. 22 Washington at home.

THE CRYSTAL BALL

Liberty will win if … The Flames force a bunch of turnovers and turn those into points.

BYU will win if … The Cougars are balanced on offense and score in the red zone like they have the past two weeks. Liberty ranks No. 103 nationally in total defense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor Romney, BYU quarterback: The redshirt freshman came off the bench and completed 10 of 16 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over USU. He’s expected to start Saturday.

Amber Searls, AP
Stephen Calvert during a New Mexico Lobos at Liberty Flames NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Lynchburg, Va.

Stephen Buckshot Calvert, Liberty quarterback: The senior has completed 174 of 282 passes for 2,638 yards with 20 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

KEY MATCHUP

BYU’s linebackers and defensive secondary vs. Liberty’s passing game: The Cougars should be tested against the Flames, who rank No. 30 nationally in passing offense. Wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden has caught 54 passes for 1,082 yards and seven TDs. BYU, meanwhile, recorded three interceptions last week against Utah State.

QUOTABLE

“I’m looking forward to this week and having our guys preparing well to take on a team that’s really explosive, especially on the offensive side because they have some amazing athletes. I’m looking forward to our game against Liberty. Hugh Freeze is a really good coach and his staff has a lot of experience.”

— BYU coach Kalani Sitake

“It’s a different ball game this week. It’s a tall task, one we are excited about having, but it’s a whole different scheme, whole different world for our defense. To match the physicality of this football team is going to be a tall task on both sides. They are big and very physical offensive and defensive lines that will test …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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